Lisa Kudrow seems to be having a great week. On Tuesday, she was on The Today Show, where she revealed that a Friends reunion took place, except it was just a private dinner with the cast members, and the rest of us weren't invited. Sigh. Then, on Wednesday, Kudrow appeared on Watch What Happens Live, where she revealed the worst behavior on the set of Friends — and it is bad. Kudrow's unpleasant Friends moment with a guest star reminds us how important feminism is. Because, seriously.
During the interview, Kudrow claimed,
If your jaw just hit the ground, you're not alone. Considering Kudrow is one of the most successful sitcom actors of recent times, it's shocking to hear that someone reportedly had the gall to say this to her. When you consider that whoever said it was a guest star on the show, and therefore probably a famous actor, the alleged statement becomes even worse. Women are constantly judged on their looks, instead of their achievements, even when they're one of the stars of a sitcom as popular as Friends.
When asked if she'd told anyone about the incident at the time, Kudrow said, "I told Matt LeBlanc. He's like a big brother." While it's reassuring to know that other people on set had her back, it's inexcusable that someone apparently thought it was OK to utter this sentence. Was it meant to be a compliment? Was it a full-on insult? Or do people simply think it's fine to comment on a woman's appearance, regardless of their relationship to them?
We could waste our time getting angry about who the guest star on Friends in question might be, but ultimately that wouldn't solve anything. The issue at hand is so much bigger than one actor and a comment they may have made over a decade ago. A systemic change is needed, and Kudrow's story is an important reminder that feminism is more crucial than ever.