Friends reunion under fire over failure to include Black celebrity guests

Friends reunion under fire over failure to include Black celebrity guests

The hotly anticipated Friends reunion has sparked fierce criticism from fans after bosses failed to secure any Black celebrity guest stars.

The upcoming one-off episode, which is set to air on HBO Max on May 27, will see David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry come together.

They will also be joined by a number of guest stars, such as Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and BTS.

However, many fans have pointed out that not a single Black celebrity has been booked to appear.

‘After convincing us that NYC has no Black or Brown people in it for 9 seasons, they issue a reunion with 25 celebs and somehow evade finding a single Black person,’ wrote one.

‘The premise of the Friends reunion episode will be: the Friends still don’t know any Black people,’ another added, in reference to the line-up.

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Other celebrities set to feature in the episode include Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, Reese Witherspoon and Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harrington.

Last year, Friends creator Marta Kauffman admitted she ‘didn’t do enough’ to promote diversity on the show.

The sitcom has long been criticised for casting only two people of colour over 10 years, as well as for using un-PC stereotypes as punchlines.

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