David Schwimmer Says The Lack Of Diversity on ”Friends” Felt “Wrong”

– Written by: @kristenshylin_

Friends star David Schwimmer recently told Entertainment Tonight that it felt “wrong” that the sitcom did not have enough representation.

The Friends star explained that while he advocated for inclusivity, the hit series did not do enough for the cause.

In efforts to diversify the cast, Schwimmer said he pushed to bring in people of all races as a love interest for Ross.

“I really felt like Ross should date other people, women of all races,” Schwimmer said.

Aside from his reoccurring love affair with Jennifer Aniston’s character, Rachel Green, Schwimmer’s character also dated an Asian woman played by actress Lauren Tom and a Black woman played by actress Aisha Tyler.

While many white actors are now starting to speaking up about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, the sitcom star has apparently always been vocal about the show’s need for more color.

In January, Schwimmer told The Guardian that he always acknowledged the lack of diversity and campaigned for years to have his character date women of color.

The actor added that he would like to see a new diverse version of Friends.

“Maybe there should be an all-Black Friends or an all-Asian Friends,” he said at the time. However, his remark was met with widespread backlash after several Twitter users, including Living Single star Erika Alexander, reminded the actor that Friends was actually the white-Living Single. “Hey David, r u seriously telling me you’ve never heard of Living Single. We invented the template. Yr welcome, bro.”

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