The creator of the beloved sitcom Friends is apologizing for a lack of “diversity” in the show’s cast and promising to pay $4 million as an indulgence for her sins.
Marta Kauffman issued a lengthy hostage statement to the Los Angeles Times about what she has “learned” about “systemic racism.”
“Friends” creator is sorry for the lack of “diversity”
Friends hasn’t aired since 2004, but that hasn’t stopped woke scolds from finding fault with the show’s cast for being too white.
At first, Kauffman protested being “singled out,” but it appears that the woke mob has finally broken her.
“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” Kauffman said in a Zoom interview. “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 she experienced a kind of spiritual conversion after the death of George Floyd in 2020. She now realizes that she is complicit in “systemic racism,” she said.
“It was after what happened to George Floyd that I began to wrestle with my having bought into systemic racism in ways I was never aware of,” Kauffman said. “That was really the moment that I began to examine the ways I had participated. I knew then I needed to course-correct.”
A guilty rich white lady says her work isn’t finished
The path to redemption hasn’t been an easy one for Kauffman. She teared up while describing her remorse at the 2020 ATX TV Festival.
“What makes this truly emotional for me is that I want this connection I didn’t have,” she said. “I deeply, deeply want this connection with the Black community that I didn’t have. Because of ‘Friends,’ I never attained that.”
Kauffman is donating $4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis University, to establish an endowed professorship in the school’s African and African American studies department.
She told the university that she has been working “really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist” and that giving lots of money to the leftist race racket seemed like a good way for a “white woman” like her to show her commitment. Still, Kauffman acknowledges that her work is far from finished.
“I want to make sure from now on in every production I do that I am conscious in hiring people of color and actively pursue young writers of color,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I want to know I will act differently from now on. And then I will feel unburdened.”