Chinese fans of the popular series “Friends” They did not hide their anger when they saw that the censorship eliminated stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber or the Korean band BTS of the images of the special program that brought together the protagonists.
The show and “Friends”, available since last Thursday on the HBO Max platform in the United States, was later broadcast by three Chinese platforms, but the interventions of these popular guests were eliminated.
Lady Gaga is blacklisted by Chinese authorities since in 2016 he met with the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader.
Bieber met the same fate when he posted a self-portrait at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo., a Shinto place of worship where Japanese killed in wars are honored, including 14 war criminals convicted by the Allies after Japan’s defeat in World War II.
BTS band provoked the ire of the Chinese Communist Party last year when they omitted to refer to the Chinese who died during the Korean War in a speech about the pain caused by the fighting in the region.
The Chinese platforms that broadcast the special episode of “Friends” did not respond to questions from the news agency. AFP about these cuts.
The series was very popular in China and was used in schools to learn English.
“I had been waiting for weeks to see her and the version spread in China was smashed”Wrote an Internet user on social networks. “Can’t the censors even let us enjoy a series?Asked another.
The reunion of “Friends”
Seventeen years after your goodbye the six stars of “Friends” reunited on a special show that mixed moments of a lot of nostalgia and emotion for the fans, with some filler sections and guests that have very little to do with the series.
Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross. These six names are television history thanks to the delightful connection to comedy that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer showcased.
With ten hugely successful seasons and 236 episodes in total, “Friends” brought the misadventures and follies of a group of New Yorkers to screens around the world.
Everything that “Friends” touched became a global icon, from the headline with “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, to the sofa in the coffee shop where these six friends hung out.
The special “Friends: The Reunion”, Which was not a fictional episode but rather a retrospective program that combined interviews by James Corden, games designed for fans of the series, recreations of famous scenes, intimate moments between the six actors and some non-comedy guests and whose signing is difficult to explain here.
Warning: this text includes details that reveal the plot of the special.
Tears and memories
“Well, where is the tissue box?”
This is how Aniston sums up, just starting the program, the high emotional content, tears and memories on which “Friends: The Reunion” is based.
One of the most moving moments is in the beginning, when the six actors enter the Warner Bros. studios where the series was filmed in silence and alone.
Rachel and Monica’s apartment, the Central Perk café and Chandler and Joey’s apartment, all of them essential places of “Friends”, are the now inert spaces in which the six protagonists meet again between hugs.
The special flies high just when it gets closest to the actors and forgets everything superfluous to underline a friendship in capital letters that almost turned them into a family.
But in that trip to the past, not only the protagonists and their confidences shine.
Also appearing in “Friends: The Reunion” are the creators of the series, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, talking about the gestation and casting of “Friends”, and some illustrious supporting actors such as Tom Selleck (Richard in the series), Maggie Wheeler ( Janice) or James Michael Tyler (Gunther).
Rachel and Ross: Off-screen love?
The intermittent relationship between Rachel (Aniston) and Ross (Schwimmer) was one of the narrative pillars of “Friends”, but it seems that the sentimental attraction between the actors it was not limited to fiction.
According to the special, Aniston and Schwimmer felt that their chemistry went far beyond the series in the first season, but they detailed that a relationship between them was not possible since it never coincided that both were free and without a partner.
In a comical tone, Aniston recalled telling Schwimmer that it would be a shame if her first kiss was not in real life but on television and in front of the whole country..
“So it was. The first time we kissed was in the cafeteria at Central Perk.”, The actress specified by pointing out in an enigmatic way that at that moment some very real feelings may have slipped into the fiction.
(With information from AFP and EFE)