All the black actors with speaking roles on 'Friends'

Cory's post about the new IFC series 'Portlandia' had a comment from millie fink which deserves wider notice. The Docfuture Show has a great song containing all the black actors with speaking roles on 'Friends.' Video link

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  1. What would you like to complain about next–Seinfeld?

    Personally I’m more concerned about the derogatory depiction of white people in vintage series such as Sanford and Son.

    1. You mean like the white cop/administrator constantly fumbling street slang and acting overly rigid and nerdish?

      I too wondered in my youth if that’s how black people really saw whites.

      Miraculously, the planet still spins…

  2. You mean because white people have practically no representation in mass media, so there’s a strong possibility that the rest of the world could get the wrong idea about things?

  3. Is it racism or realism? While it certainly true that there are far fewer black people than in the population, most people DON’T have a proportional number of friends of other races. And look at the how they know the black people listed: mostly from work or commerce. None of ’em were really friends per se.

    1. While it certainly true that there are far fewer black people than in the population, most people DON’T have a proportional number of friends of other races. And look at the how they know the black people listed: mostly from work or commerce. None of ’em were really friends per se.

      Literally all the people I know are relatives, neighbours and co-workers. And because I work in software minorities are probably over-represented.

    2. Since your reality is as carefully scripted as theirs, I am sure you can explain (aside from chandler working in advertising) how a masseuse, a docent/paleontologist, a struggling actor, a young chef, and someone working retail could EVER afford those apartments.

      Because it is somebodies ideal world. And after 240+ episodes their ideals shine through. You could mention the lack of minorities as an unfortunate oversight, or you can defend it – and that choice is the one that exposes your own ideals.

  4. RE: the “Where are the black people in Portland?” thing…

    Here’s another pro-Portland promo that came out and got some of the same comments.

  5. I was too distracted by the Press Your Luck theme in the background to really appreciate the nuances of the song.

  6. They forgot that plump lady working at Ross museum, who once stood up, opened her cardigan, and yelled “This ain’t no silicon !”

  7. For those who don’t want to count – the video claims “two dozen or more” (24+) but I counted 23 actual instances in the video (willing to be corrected, but it’s in the right ballpark).

  8. i’ve see a few sports on tv and there are hardly any white people in those shows besides for the sportscasters, commentators, and coaches :-) lol

    anybody with any self respect would never want to be in friends anyway!

  9. Am I missing something? This is a funny video but I’m not sure what point about race relations it is making. FRIENDS is a show about six friends who are white. There’s nothing else to say on top of that, is there? No other of their friends are ever given a substantial part, black or white. I don’t get what the point is.

    1. Actually, several other people are… mainly significant others, many of whom are listed in the song. Richard, Janice, Mike, Tag & several others were recurring characters and only Aisha Tyler & Lauren Tom (and, perhaps the guy who played Paolo) were minorities. And sure, perhaps a lot of people, even in bustling urban centers like NYC, don’t date or make friends outside of their race… but what was really kind of interesting were the EXTRAS that didn’t have speaking roles. Even if you never talk to a non-white person your whole life, in NYC you would find it rather difficult to rarely walk past them. In reality, there would be many in the background, but the casting directors decided this wasn’t what they wanted to show. (And, yes, black people DO go to coffee houses)

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