‘Friends’ Reunion Faces Backlash For Not Casting Any Black Stars

‘Friends’ Reunion Faces Backlash For Not Casting Any Black Stars

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WarnerMedia first announced plans to film a Friends reunion special (tentatively titled “The One Where They All Got Back Together”) way back in February 2020. Originally, the unscripted special was scheduled to be filmed over two days in late March to be aired on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s streaming service, in late May 2020.

But before filming could happen, the coronavirus pandemic hit and shut down the project — temporarily. Now, at long last, filming has finished and HBO has finally announced the official air date and featured cast. The one glaring problem? Of the 25 celebs that will make cameo appearances on the show, not a single one is Black.

Who Will Appear on the ‘Friends’ Reunion Special?

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In a tweet posted on Thursday, HBO Max included a list of celebrities, actors, and other big names we can expect to see on the reunion show.

The star-studded list includes:

  • James Corden
  • David Beckham
  • Justin Bieber
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Lady Gaga
  • Elliot Gould
  • Larry Hankin
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Kit Harington
  • Christina Pickles
  • Tom Selleck
  • Thomas Lennon
  • Maggie Wheeler
  • James Michael Tyler
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Reese Witherspoon.

To be fair, there are a handful of POC cameos — like Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai. But the lack of Black ‘Friends’ is causing uproar on social media.

Fans Respond to Lack of Black ‘Friends’

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With a predominantly white cast of characters living in New York, Friends has been criticized for its lack of diversity before. Cast member Lisa Kudrow commented on the issue in an interview with The Sunday Times. When asked how the show would look different if it were filmed today, she said, “It would not be an all-white cast, for sure”.

‘Friends’ Reunion Faces Backlash For Not Casting Any Black Stars

 

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