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Did "Friends" ever strike you as a racist type of show?

Asked by: Adam2
  • Friends lack of long term non-white characters isn't something you can ignore...

    Likewise, the all white producers were VERY aware to only pair the MALE leads with mixed race relationships (Ross with Julie and Charlie, Joey with Charlie).

    This is because they would be very wary of the 'danger' of pairing any of the female leads with a non-white male. In fact, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe barely even SPEAK to any man who isn't white in the entire series! Given how many guys each of them date throughout the show, this is clearly a deliberate, racist stance from the show's producers.

    It's unrealistic, and clearly something that didn't occur unintentionally.

    Thus Friends, while in many ways a great sit-com, was a racist show.

  • Only white cast

    They are all white I don't think a black cast member or of anyother ethnicity were playing in main parts not even for one small parts in one show- the cast never dated out of their race either I think you'll be lucky to any non white main cast members

  • Monica's hair was somewhat offensive

    When the gang goes to Barbados, Monica's hair gets frizzy due to the humidity. Monica was belittled for her "frizzy hair," which propted her to "fix it" by getting cornrows, for which she was also belittled. It's an all-too-familiar struggle to POC, not to mention the cultural appropriation (which I can mostly excuse because it was not a widely discussed issue at the time).

  • Entirely racist show

    " If there was a TV show in Japan with only Japanese people, would you find it racist?"

    No, because its an American show based in NYC, which isn't full of just one race, which is why it is RACIST.

    Racists are idiots who don't even know they are being racist - just like Mr 'what about Japanese TV' over here.

    The fact that they added minority characters is damning evidence of white guilt.

    No way to excuse it in the 90s when almost everything was about race.

    Lots of WP in denial here.

  • A monkey got a lead role. Duck and Chick got lead role.

    Why so affraid of a Black male character. Jokes were very good. But you might as well added the N word. All white together no N word jokes, come on. This was a redneck crew who could not make their own coffee.

    Do you really think Joey would not have Black friends. You all know when you watch the repeats. This is bad. It should have had a mixed cast. By doing this you created the all Black shows. Which also came across as racists. Mixed it up folks.

  • Ameican shows should be as diverse as America

    If shows only show one type of
    America, what is it saying? Manhattan is so diverse; there are over 144 different nationalities , and this is the 21 st century. If it were the 1600's where New York could boast of possibly 3 different ethnic groups, "Friends" would still fail to represent the city. But of course, a work of fiction is just that.

  • Cast of only white

    Minorities were never given major roles, first major black role was given 7 years after the start of the show and it only lasted for 3 episodes, a show cast in Manhattan never seemed to have not much interaction with minorities. Almost suggesting the idea that Manhattan is for the white middle class and higher only

  • Anyone who is not offended by this show is not just racist but homophobic.

    Yes, Friends is a racist show, And the proof is the offensive and hateful rhetoric in its defense. No, I will not get over racism. You will stop watching yt supremacist propaganda. You will acknowledge how your taste in so-called "entertainment" (read: oligarch propaganda) contributes to the oppression of people of color. And you will atone.

  • Ross blackfaced?

    Was Ross blackfacing when he was to tan well his face was painted black but it was because of a tan does that still make it racist? Also Monica's cornrows that's cultural appropriation and is offensive seeing as cornrows can have religious historical meaning and can be an important part of culture's as it's a traditional hairstyle

  • Monica's hair is so gross, Right? !

    Forget the fact that there are barely any non-white characters, The episodes in Barbados where Monica's hair gets frizzy are just full on racist. She is compared to Diana Ross as if looking like her is a joke. Mike sees her and gags. Mike makes a joke that she doesn't look like a girl. Monica offers to put a bag over her head so that her husband can stomach having to look at her. Then the joke is that she gets cornrows instead. Chandler says with disgust that he can see her scalp. She is relentlessly teased for two episodes about how unattractive she is with black-type hair.

  • Jeez, It's just a sitcom focusing on six friends who happen to be white

    New York City was and is a diverse city, Then and now, But many people tend to hang out with those who are just like themselves. POC appeared on the show with some regularity as supporting characters, But the show's focus was almost entirely on the main cast, These six young white people playing characters who'd known each other a long time. It's hardly surprising, And not remotely racist, That we saw so much of them and so little of anyone else, Including POC.

  • What’s wrong with these people

    Seriously mental question people are mental these days I tell ya - why do people want to ruin all that is good? Ruin everyone’s fun? Why? Ruin music ruin film ruin tv shows - bloody woke mental people - friends is funny - it’s a fun show that’s all it is

  • Cancel culture will end up canceling humanity

    Friends was produced in a time when thank god people weren't on the lookout for the next person's misstep. Then people became more sensitive, Sometimes rightfully so other times not so much. I'm more than fine with new shows respecting people's new found sensitivity, But let's not get to a point where we decide to cancel everything we ever achieved just to start over and give a fair shot to anybody who thousands or hundreds or dozens of years ago didn't have one

  • Not a racist show.

    Reflection of real live. A lot of people grew up among their own race and did not mingle with other ethnic groups. There are ethnic neighborhoods of all colors and people feel comfortable living among family, So nothing wrong with just focusing on one of these ethnicity. It as unrealistic to have diversity in every show.

  • Not even a little

    It made no focus on race. It was a comedy show about comedy. I get it. There wasn’t a super racially diverse cast. They were white people in a show. Is that wrong? The tv show blackish is mostly black. Blackish is an amazing show. Friends was a bunch basic white people. It’s funny. Enjoy it.

  • It was the "norm" back then.

    I was a teenager during the 90's and grew up poor, So we didn't have cable TV. The shows that were available were very limited and two of them were the show s"Martin" and "Living Single" - both of those shows were directed towards black people and they had all black casts. The guest actors were always black too, If there was a non black person on then it was the Asian man delivering Chinese food or a extremely stereotyped and goofy / awkward white guy, Who would try to be "cool" and do "black" gestures or slangs [ie - the white guy is there to be laughed at]. Living single is all black women and black men, If there is a white person in the episode then it is one of those "teachable moment" shows about racism and you guessed it - that white person is the big racist and it's never the other way around.

    Friends is mostly white so it is in the same standard that was followed during the 90s. Friends however did have black cameos on at times, And it did include gay people. . . Which reminds me - the black show "Martin" made fun of trans-gendered people with the character ShenNayNay and never did accept them. Like white people, Gay people were also only there to be laughed at.

  • Not racist, Just realistic.

    New York City was about 76% white in 2000. There is normal diversity of the background characters in the Coffee Shop, In public, And on the street. People tend to mostly hang out with people of the same race, Hence the main characters are white (like the vast majority of New York). Other characters of other races do appear in the show, Such as Charlie (Ross’s girlfriend) as well as one of the other doctors Ross works with. There was no unnatural attempt to diversify the cast, But that doesn’t mean the show is racist.

  • Stop crying over everything

    No it wasn’t racist. There a many shows where the main characters are black! However no one cry’s over that, The thing about arguing with black people is like playing chess with a chicken, U can be winning but it’ll just knock over the pawns. The show was about a typical friend group.

  • The time it was set comes into account

    If you think about the conventions of a 90s sitcom and put it into reference with the tv show then we can clearly see that it may lack diversity and be a little bit racist but the writers will have never implicated for it to be racist. There is my pint

  • Is not racist

    If you think Friends is a racist show because lack of African Americans on the show, You might as well say the same thing about How I Met Your Mother or That 70s Show. It's not like a show about politics or SJWs. It's just a show about drama between six friends and learning about life. Sure it would've been cool if it were more diverse.

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justavoice says2016-05-09T07:09:43.103
A few demonstrations of racism have been highlighted here, and I don't have the energy now to add on an extensive argument, but I will urge you guys to watch this one thing I most recently saw. Watch season 6 episode 10 "One with the Routine," and focus on the scene where Joey is dancing with Janine on stage for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. See what the producer tells Joey about Janine, the "dancing girl" Joey is paired up with, and her behavior and try seeing the implications of that. Racism isn't just how many minority characters or lack thereof the show presents, but the underlying tone of certain dialogue or interactions and relationships. I loved Friends, but I've come to see certain thought-provoking things that has made me realize some racism plagues the show.
snake2647 says2016-09-29T12:52:30.093
Joke of a show. If you like it, good for you but you obviously read fiction books only and do not like to think beyond your little world. It is as white as the republican party jumping out of an airplane during a blizzard.

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