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‘Friends’ Co-Creator Shares She Would Portray ‘Chandler’s Dad Differently Today
By Mikelle Leow, 07 May 2019
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It was the early 2000s, when no one told them acceptance was supposed to be this way.
Friends remains to be one of the most popular sitcoms to this day, and fans new and old never tire out of its reruns. While much of the show is still relatable, the fact that it was thrust between the 1990s and 2000s—a few decades, to do the math for you—means many of its beliefs no longer seem acceptable in this era, where inclusivity is key.
One point of contention is the depiction of ‘Chandler’s dad, ‘Charles Bing’, who runs a burlesque show called Viva Las Gaygas. Viewers of today have criticized the series for shaming LGBTQ personalities, making fun of not only the transgender identity of ‘Charles’, who renamed as ‘Helena Handbasket’, but also bluntly associating the character’s traits with the feminine side of a straight ‘Chandler’.
Years on, Friends’ creators and cast are still being interviewed about the show. Most recently, USA Today sat down with Friends co-creator and executive producer Marta Kauffman to find out how she would have altered the sitcom for 2019.
Kauffman replied that the production crew had little knowledge about transgender people, and probably did not use the “appropriate terms.”
“I think that’s the biggest one,” she reflected.
As for which scenes continue to amaze her, Kauffman divulged that she still revels in a part from ‘The One with All the Resolutions’, where ‘Ross’ spends a great deal of time trying to get out of his leather pants.
Her favorite child? “That’s like asking if you have a favorite child,” she said, but she especially enjoys the episodes focusing on births and Thanksgiving.
[via USA Today, video via Favorite Videos, cover image via IMDb]
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