During a panel discussion with female presenters, Martha Kaufman, creator of “Friends” and “Grace and Frankie,” asked what she wanted to know when she began her career.
“I hope I understand what I knew then,” Kaufman told 3-year-old AX Television … apologizing for the tears from the couch. “I’m sorry, I want to know what I know now. I have to make a very different decision. “
He continued, “I mean, we’ve always encouraged different people in our organization, but I haven’t done enough and now what can I think of what I can do? What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way?” Can? And it’s something I don’t just want to know when I start editing, but I want to know until last year. “
Over the years, “Friends” has been widely criticized for its lack of variety.
Earlier this year, David Schweimer told The Guardian, “I was aware of the lack of diversity and for a few years Ross had been advocating for women to be seen in color.”
Prior to the conversation, Julie Play, host of “Vampire Diaries,” commented that it shows that people strive for comfort – such as “Vampire Diaries”, “Gossip Girl”, “Dawson Creek” and “Gilmore Girls” – mostly composed of whites.
“It was the hardest pill for me to swallow, it had to be part of the group,” he said.
Kaufman later responded to Robin Thied, the creator of the Black Lady sketch show: “You guys are equally part of systemic racism, because it’s a system. I keep telling people that. Racism is not a person who destroys everything, it is a system established by racists to encourage racism and to cover it up. No one should have known he was wrong, that’s all. We looked like we were screaming for no reason. We have to look down on the flag, we don’t have to shout to stop the killings. We have to look bad and now people will know better, and when you know better you do better and that is what all people are looking for. “