‘I’m embarrassed’: Co-creator of sitcom ‘Friends’ donates $4 million to atone for ‘lack of diversity’

If any further proof was needed to demonstrate that the “diversity and equity” push is little more than a money-extortion racket, we give you this bit of interesting news coming out of Hollywood.

Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the popular ’90s sitcom “Friends,” said that she is embarrassed about the show’s lack of diversity, and that she will be making a $4 million donation to make up for her flagrant racism, according to the New York Post.

The left seems to always eat its own, including the things that it creates and claims to love. Left-wing critics have long complained about the show for its insufficient diversity, although it was set in New York City’s Greenwich Village—not exactly known for its diversity.

Kauffman explained in a Zoom interview that she was, at first, frustrated by the critiques of the popular show, and thought that it was being unfairly smeared. But she claims she changed her mind.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” she said. “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 years ago.”

The turning point for Kauffman was, naturally enough, the mostly peaceful “protests” over the death of George Floyd, which showed her just how systemically racist and evil the country was.

“I knew then I needed to course-correct,” she said. And it’s one hell of a course correction—Kauffman says she’ll donate $4 million to the Department of African and African American studies at her alma mater, Brandeis University. Because nothing signals one’s intention to stamp out oppression quite like forking over more cash to the nation’s overfunded universities and their often corrosive “social science” departments.

“It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalized systemic racism, Kauffman explained to Brandeis. “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.”

Unhappy progressives were particularly incensed that the show only featured two recurring black characters—and these were late in the show’s run, and only featured as love interests for David Schwimmer’s character, Ross.

“In this case, I’m finally, literally putting my money where my mouth is,” Kauffman gushed. “I feel I was finally able to make some difference in the conversation.”

“I have to say, after agreeing to this and when I stopped sweating, it didn’t unburden me, but it lifted me up,” she said. “But until in my next production, I can do it right, it isn’t over. I want to make sure from now on in every production I do that I am conscious in hiring people of color and actively pursue young writers of color. I want to know I will act differently from now on. And then I will feel unburdened.”

The price tag for liberal penance these days is getting awfully high.


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