David Schwimmer, the actor famous for playing Ross Geller in the popular sitcom Friends feels the show’s cast could have been more diverse. He admits the lack of representation in the show during its run time and it could have supported more racially diverse actors. He calls it “wrong” in his beliefs.
Friends Lack Representation
The show that entertained people over a decade also had its problematic moments. The cast was dominantly white and people of colour were less visible in prominent roles. Whereas the show didn’t lac the representation in LGBTQ department. Schwimmer who has also directed 10 episodes over the years told People,
Ross should date other people, women of all races. If you remember the pilot, my character was losing his wife to a woman. The way they portrayed gay marriage on the show and how we as a family made it work, I thought was great.
However, the actor says he is really happy with the makers to show a gay relationship. Especially, back when it was still a taboo. David who played Ross Geller, a philanthropist in the show lived in his own apartment in New York. Every day he used to gather with his sister and friends to socialize in each other’s apartments. At times, at the Central Perk cafe near their homes.
Ross here was also a divorced man. During Season 1 of the show, it is shown that he is getting separated with his wife Carol, who recently discovered that she is a lesbian. Carol who is pregnant with Ross’ child is in love with another woman. The three of them are shown working it out for their son, Ben.
In fact, not many are aware that the show also supported all kinds of pregnancy and parenting styles— surrogacy, single parenting, co-parenting with the depiction of normal delivery and adoption. Now, how beautiful is that?
Another interesting fact is showing a transgender character, Chandler’s father. In fact, people suspecting Chandler being gay was quite a fun screenplay addition to the show.
Will The Show Still Be Relevant
Friends clearly ruled for ten long years. In fact, people still vouch for the show for its comic timing, character building and an excellent screenplay. It is so popular that people are waiting for a reunion of the star cast. However, with all its fame and popularity, Friends has many themes that don’t sit well with the millennials and Gen Z.
Coming back to David’s suggestion, the show has been criticized earlier for having all white star cast. Even the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman once expressed, she “would have made very different decisions” had it aired today.
David himself admitted back in January, that he made a “conscious push” for the show to hire more diverse actors. He also believed that his character Ross should have dated women of different castes and races. While we do remember Ross an Asian character, but she was from New York itself.
Well, we cannot deny that Friends suffers from the issue of having all white characters. I mean we did love the morning guy on the show.
Watch: Joey singing the morning song with the ‘Morning is here’ guy.
Apart from this iconic character, we do remember some other black characters such as kids on Halloween. We also remember Steve, who is Chandler’s boss at his new internship. And Monique Edwards – played “Claudia” in 2 episodes, again a colleague of Chandler.
While these facts do exist, somehow it still does not do any justice to the fact that Friends should have had more black or Afro- American characters.
Looks like Ross is a genius after all!