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Friends creator apologises for “misappropriation of pronouns” in relation to Chandler Bing’s father

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Friends creator and co-writer Martha Kaufmann has issued an apology to the transgender community for her portrayal of a transsexual character on her hit TV series “Friends” 

In another case of the Hollywood WOKE rewriting of culture Ms Kaufmann has stated that it was a “mistake not to use appropriate pronouns for Chandler Bing’s transgender parent in the hit 90s sitcom.” 

“We kept referring to her as Chandler’s father, even though Chandler’s father was trans. Pronouns were not yet something that I understood. So we didn’t refer to that character as she. That was a mistake.” 

The show which ran from 1994 was an instant success and made multi-millions of dollars when it was soon picked up by multiple networks all over the world. 

However according to the Guardian Kaufmann is now apologetic for this aspect of the series stating that “Turner said she would not take on the role if she was offered it again, and would leave it to a trans woman instead. “I don’t think [Friends] has aged well. It was a 30-minute sitcom. It became a phenomenon, but no one ever took it seriously as a social comment,” she said. 

“How they approached me with it was: ‘Would you like to be the first woman playing a man playing a woman?’ I said yes, because there weren’t many drag/trans people on television at the time.” 

Kauffman, who is also the creator of Netflix hit Grace and Frankie, said she now strives to create inclusive and diverse workplaces. The writer and producer recently announced she was donating $4 Million to her old university, Brandeis in Massachusetts, to establish an endowed professorship in the school’s African and African American studies department because she was so “embarrassed” by the white homogeneity of the characters on Friends.

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