'Friends' creator apologizes for having no Black actors in sitcom, pledges $  4M to Brandeis University

Kauffman, 65, claimed she had a hard time understanding thedifficult and frustratingcriticism and chalked it up to “友人” being singled out. 现在, she’s apologizing and pledging $ 4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis University.

I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 年份,” Kauffman said in a Zoom interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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 几年前。”

Executive Producer David Crane, 剩下, and David Schwimmer directing an episode of "友人" with executive producer Marta Kauffman.

Executive Producer David Crane, 剩下, and David Schwimmer directing an episode of “友人” with executive producer Marta Kauffman. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal)

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“友人” was set in New York City and followed a group of six friends living in the city.

Kauffman’s pledge will go to support the university’s African and African American Studies program.

It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalized systemic racism,” Kauffman said in a statement to Brandeis University.

演员表 "朋友们"

演员表 “朋友们” (盖蒂图片社)

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I’ve been working really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. And this seemed to me to be a way that I could participate in the conversation from a White woman’s perspective.

The university said the scholarship will allow the department torecruit more expert scholars and teachers, map long-term academic and research priorities and provide new opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship.

Brandeis is where I learned to be a human being,” 考夫曼说.

柯特妮考克斯, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry on the set of "朋友们"

柯特妮考克斯, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry on the set of “朋友们” (盖蒂图片社)

This is where my eyes were opened – at least, the beginning of that, they weren’t completely open. I had a lot to learn, but it was the beginning of that. It was the beginning of caring about things beyond my sphere, and I credit Brandeis for that.

“友人” ran for 10 季节 从 1994 直到 2004.

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