Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the popular sitcom "Friends," recently apologized for the lack of diversity on the show during its 10-year run.
Actress Aisha Tyler, who appeared on the show as its first black series regular, said that while she's glad and appreciates that Kauffman is attempting a "full-throated apology" she believes that Kauffman "knew then what she knows now."
"I think it points to a large issue not just in Hollywood, but culturally … the casual racism of apathy," Tyler told CNN's Brianna Keilar.
Tyler said that she thinks that the "show was just a function of Marta’s personal experiences, and she was just telling the stories that she knew, and it just happened to be about white people."
Tyler also discussed how Hollywood needs to handle diversity better.
"It’s not enough to not be a racist, you have to be actively be anti-racist and making the kinds of choices that are not just representative, but compelling and interesting and telling new and different stories," she said.
"There’s always been code for, like, a non-white lead. Like a ‘diverse lead' or an ‘urban lead.’ These are just Americans and I think we need to get past this idea that we’re doing someone a favor when we decide to cast someone who's outside what’s been, for so long, in Hollywood the cultural norm and just start talking about telling American stories. It’s really important to tell black stories but that’s because they are American stories," Tyler added.
The discussion about the lack of diversity in "Friends" is not new. David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller, addressed the issue back in January stating that "maybe there should be an all-black 'Friends'" — even though there was "Living Single," an all-black version of "Friends" that predated Schwimmer's series by a year.