Kathleen Turner would refuse to play transgender Friends role again if asked in 2019

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Kathleen Turner would decline to play transgender role in Friends if asked today
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Kathleen Turner has revealed she would turn down the role of playing Chandler’s transgender parent if she was asked today.

The 65-year-old actress, who does not identify as transgender, revealed she originally said yes to the acting opportunity because she ‘hadn’t done that’ before.

A caller into Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live show asked Kathleen: ‘How much did [you] love playing Chandler’s father on Friends?’

Andy Cohen jumped in and remarked: ‘That was really groundbreaking!’

She laughed and responded: ‘Well, yes – and of course, I wouldn’t do it now because there would be real people able to do it.’

While she did not elaborate on this point, perhaps she wouldn’t do it because fans of the show have since slammed it for it’s portrayal of transgender people.

Throughout the series, Chandler regularly makes his transgender mother the butt of his jokes.

This included constantly referring to her name before her transition (a concept known as deadnaming), refusing to recognise her gender identity and even dry-wretching when he sees her perform as a drag queen on stage.

(There’s also a horribly transphobic line said by Chandler’s mother: ‘Don’t you have a little too much penis to be wearing a dress like that?’)

In fact, Kathleen previously revealed to Gay Times that the show ‘didn’t age well’.

While Friends is hilarious in parts, there’s certainly no mistaking it failed some of its LGBTQ+ characters.

During the Andy Cohen interview, Kathleen also explained how she came to play the Friends role.

She revealed: ‘One of the co-creators of Friends – I was doing a one-woman show based on Tallulah Bankhead – and he came up to see the show in San Francisco and came backstage and said “You have to play Chandler’s dad”.’

‘And I thought “OK, a woman playing a man playing a woman. I haven’t done that”. So I said yes,’ she added.

Well, thank you for saying no this time around.


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