New Delhi: Friends co-creator Marta Kaufman has apologized in a recent interview for misrepresenting the character of Chandler Bing’s transgender father during the show’s 10 years.
According to Fox News, in an interview with a news outlet, Kaufman said, “The pronoun was not yet something that I understood. So, we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she,’ it was a There was a mistake.
“She said she also regrets referring to Bing’s older character as father instead of mother. We kept referring to him as Chandler’s father, even though Chandler’s father was trans,” she told the outlet.
In the early seasons of the syndicated sitcom, references to Charles Byng, who also headlined a drag revue under the name Helena Handbasket, were largely driven as one-liner jokes from the first season in 1995 when Chandler ( Matthew Perry) said: “If I turn into my parents, I will become a drunken blonde chasing 20-year-old boys, or I will end up like my mother.”
By season seven, however, Chandler and Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) were ready to get married, with both traveling to Las Vegas to meet their parents at the drag revue and invite her to the wedding.
Kathleen Turner played Chandler’s transgender father, while Morgan Fairchild appeared several times as his biological mother. The show never actually used the term transgender, instead referring to Charles as gay and a drag artist who would also wear women’s clothing outside of drag shows.
Kaufman said she recently fired someone for joking about a transgender camera person. “It just can’t happen,” she said.
Kaufman also said she regretted not having enough diversity in the mostly white shows, admitting that she was “clearly part of the systemic racism in our business.”
According to Fox News, last week, he pledged to donate $4 million to his alma mater, Brandeis University in the Boston area, to establish a thriving professorship in the school’s Department of African and African American Studies.