‘Friends’ Reunion Special Hit With ‘Racism’ Claims Over Line-Up

Friends: The Reunion
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The Friends reunion special has been hit with ‘racism’ claims. 

The one-off episode, which will air on HBO Max on May 27, will star Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc, along with special guests including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and David Beckham. 

However, fans have pointed out that the line-up is far from diverse.

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Taking to Twitter, one person penned: “Wow. NBC. Remember all the black actors in the cast of Friends for the majority of its run?”

Another fan questioned: “Oh, no black people again? My… times have changed. How does my favourite show still get it so wrong?”

David Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar, made headlines last year when he revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he ‘campaigned for years’ to have his character ‘date women of colour’.

He told the publication: “I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour. 

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Friends: The Reunion doesn’t star any black actors. Credit: NBC

“One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian-American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part.”

Many have pointed out that the show ‘hasn’t aged well’ in recent times, but Schwimmer insisted he’s proud of how ‘groundbreaking’ it was at the time for covering topics such as gay marriage.

He added: “The pilot of the show was my character’s wife left him for a woman and there was a gay wedding, of my ex and her wife, that I attended.

“I feel that a lot of the problem today in so many areas is that so little is taken in context. You have to look at it from the point of view of what the show was trying to do at the time.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.