Former Friends star David Schwimmer now says that his 1980s-90s sitcom was too white and should be re-booted with an all-black cast to defeat “white privilege.”
Schwimmer, who has been pretty much invisible in acting since Friends went off the air in 1994, recently said that his show had too much “white privilege.”
The actor most well-known for originating the role of Ross Geller on the hit sitcom, was asked about the recent criticism of his decades-old comedy series voiced by “woke” PC complainers who say that the show suffers from outdated storylines and social and gender roles.
Schwimmer told the Guardian that he has heard the criticism and that he thinks a re-boot might help resolve the complaints. But he doesn’t want a re-boot that suffers from the same so-called problems.
“Maybe there should be an all-black ‘Friends’ or an all-Asian ‘Friends,'” Schwimmer suggested. “But I was well aware of the lack of diversity, and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color.”
Schwimmer insisted that he wanted producers of Friends to add more women of color to his character’s field of dates because, he claimed, he once dated an Asian woman and a black woman during his life.
“That was a very conscious push on my part,” he assured the paper.
He also exclaimed that his “feminist” mother instilled that need for “diversity” in his life as he grew up.
“My mom was a very vocal, groundbreaking feminist activist lawyer [and occasional actor],” Schwimmer said. “So, my earliest memories of theater were watching these feminist productions that my mom was in and being on the picket line with my parents and fighting for women’s rights and gay rights.”
“That’s the environment I grew up in,” he said pandering as hard as he could to the extreme left. “I’m very aware of my own privilege as a heterosexual white male whose parents were able to pay for a private education for me. I’ve always felt a sense of responsibility to give back and to call things out if I see an abuse of power.”
Still, Schwimmer defended his famous sitcom saying that it did better than today’s critics think at the left-wing diversity game.
“I feel that a lot of the problem today in so many areas is that so little is taken in context,” he reasoned. “You have to look at it from the point of view of what the show was trying to do at the time. I’m the first person to say that maybe something was inappropriate or insensitive, but I feel like my barometer was pretty good at that time. I was already really attuned to social issues and issues of equality.”
Certainly, morality was never an issue the show dealt with. Each character had a never-ending line of men and women with whom they jumped in and out of bed with during each of its ten seasons.
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