‘Friends’ creator regrets misgendering Chandler’s trans mom

Not solely does “Mates” co-creator Marta Kauffman remorse the forged’s lack of variety, she additionally feels dangerous in regards to the present’s portrayal of a transgender character.

In a clip from Kauffman’s upcoming interview on the Conversation on the BBC World Service, she recalled the selection to refer to the transgender mother of Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) as his “dad.”

“Pronouns weren’t but one thing that I understood,” Kauffman admitted. “So we didn’t seek advice from that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake.’”

Performed by Kathleen Turner, Chandler’s trans father or mother, Amanda Bing, appeared in a number of of “Mates” episodes, together with “The One With Monica And Chandler’s Wedding, Part 1.”

“Mates” co-creator Marta Kauffman additionally created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”
Kathleen Turner in "Friends"
Kathleen Turner performed Amanda Bing in “Mates.”
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In 2019, Turner mentioned on “Watch What Occurs Dwell With Andy Cohen” that she would not accept the role nowadays “as a result of there could be actual individuals in a position to do [the role].”

Kauffman, who additionally created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” instructed the BBC how she’s modified her units to be extra inclusive.

“I like very a lot to create an atmosphere the place we have now a contented set and a contented crew. It’s essential to me that the place we’re is a secure place, a tolerant place, the place there’s no yelling. I fired a man on the spot for making a joke a couple of trans cameraperson. That simply can’t occur,” she mentioned.

Marta Kauffman
Marta Kauffman has apologized for the present’s lack of variety. Above, Turner as Amanda Bing and Perry as Chandler Bing.
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“Mates” has lengthy been criticized for its lack of variety. The favored present, which ran from 1994 to 2004, incorporates a group of six white, heterosexual finest buddies residing in Greenwich Village, a famously homosexual neighborhood in New York — a traditionally various metropolis.

Lately, Kauffman lastly admitted to the present’s faults and pledged $4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis College, to fund an endowed chair within the faculty’s African and African American research division, one of many oldest within the nation.

Kauffman’s full interview with the BBC airs July 11.

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