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    David Schwimmer Said Criticism Of "Friends" Being Problematic Comes From Taking It Out Of Context

    He's also not interested in bringing Ross back to the small screen.

    We all know Friends is a beloved show, but it's safe to say that in recent years some of its storylines have come to be seen as more than a little bit problematic.


    Since the show started streaming on Netflix a couple of years ago, fans have found issues with the way it handles certain topics, namely its lack of diversity and its depiction of women and LGBT people.


    And the character of Ross in particular has been criticised for many reasons — his dismissal of the importance of consent, casual anti-gay comments, and possessiveness over his relationships, to name a few.


    Even the show's creators recently revealed there are certain scenes that make them feel uncomfortable to watch back.

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    Speaking at Tribeca Film Festival's Friends 25th anniversary celebration, co-creator Marta Kauffman said she can no longer watch the episode where Phoebe falls in love with her twin sister's stalker.

    "It's much harder for me to enjoy the good moments when there are moments in it where I'm going, 'Oh my God, we let that happen? We did that,'" she explained.

    But during a recent interview with the Guardian, Friends star David Schwimmer said he "doesn't care" about the backlash, explaining that he believes it comes from the show being taken out of the context of its time.

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    "That show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships," he said.


    He explained: "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."

    David went on to say that while he's the first to acknowledge when something is "inappropriate or insensitive", Friends should be watched from the point of view of "what it was trying to do at the time".

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    He also said he was aware of the show's lack of diversity at the time, and made a "conscious push" for them to hire more diverse actors.


    "Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends," he said.

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

    It probably won't come as a surprise, then, that David doesn't think a reunion episode is on the cards, although he'd love to do a chat show-esque reunion with his castmates.

    "I think everyone feels the same," he told the Guardian. "Why mess with what felt like the right way to end the series?"


    "I don’t want to do anything for the money," he went on. "It would have to make sense creatively, and nothing I’ve heard so far presented to us makes sense."

    You can read David's full interview with the Guardian here.

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