The creator of the mega-popular show “Friends” is embarrassed about the lack of diversity on the show and she’s putting out a $4 million donation to make amends for her demographic sins.
Many on the left have long criticized the show for what they perceived was a relative lack of diversity among the actors despite it being set in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
Co-creator Marta Kauffman said she initially was frustrated by the criticism and believed that the show was unfairly singled out.
She has since changed her mind.
“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” Kauffman explained in an interview with Zoom. “Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago.”
Kauffman said that the protests against the death of George Floyd opened her eyes to the presence of racism in society.
“I knew then I needed to course-correct,” she said.
Kauffmann is donating $4 million to Brandeis University, her alma mater, to fund an endowed chair in their department of African and African American studies.“It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalized systemic racism,” Kauffman said.“I’ve been working really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist,” she added. “And this seemed to me to be a way that I could participate in the conversation from a white woman’s perspective.”One of the show’s stars, David Schwimmer, responded to criticism about diversity in 2020.“I don’t care,” said Schwimmer to the Guardian at the time. “The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships. You have to look at it from the point of view of what the show was trying to […]
Don’t wait until food shortages get REALLY bad before stocking up. Get a three-month’s supply now while it’s still available.
Yes, We Need Your Help
I hate being “that guy” who asks people to donate because I think our conservative news network is so crucial, but here I am…
When I left my cushy corporate job in 2017, I did so knowing that my family would have to make sacrifices. But I couldn’t continue to watch the nation slip into oblivion and was inspired by President Trump’s willingness to fight the good fight even at his own personal expense. What I didn’t realize then is that conservative media would be so heavily attacked, canceled, and defunded that the sacrifices would be extreme.
Many in this nation are struggling right now even though we weren’t struggling just a few years ago. I’m not alone. But I wake up every morning and operate the sites we’ve been able to build because there’s really no other choice. I refuse to be beholden to Big Tech like so many other conservative news outlets, which is why you won’t see Google ads here. With that said, it’s often challenging to pay the bills and it’s even harder to expand so we can get the America First message out to a wider audience.
The economic downturn has forced me to make a plea for help. Between cancel culture, lockdowns, and diminishing ad revenue, we need financial assistance in order to continue to spread the truth. We ask all who have the means, please donate through our new GiveSendGo. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to expand our reach so the truth can get to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
We currently operate:
- NOQ Report
- Conservative Playlist
- Uncanceled News
- Based Underground
- Truth Based Media
- Five other conservative news sites
I would even be willing to entertain investments and partnerships at this stage. I’ve turned them down in the past because editorial purity is extremely important. I’ll turn them down again if anyone wants us to start supporting RINOs or avoid “taboo” topics like voter fraud, vaccines, or transgender supremacy. But I’d talk to fellow America First patriots who want to help any (or all) of our 10 news sites. Hit me up at jdrucker (at) substack (dot) com if you’re interested.
For those who have the means and just want to help keep the mission of spreading a conservative, Christian message to the nation, please consider a generous donation.