In addition to reuniting the stars of ‘Friends’, the special episode that marked the group’s reunion also brought in a few appearances.
Among the guests, Lady Gaga sang Smelly Cat with Lisa Kudrow, and Justin Bieber performed in Ross’s (David Schwimmer) classic Halloween Spudnik costume.
However, these entries were not displayed in China.
According to Decider, the stars were removed because the Chinese people regard them as “non-gratas” and controversial personas.
Lady Gaga gained the aversion of the Chinese after meeting the Dalai Lama in 2016.
The meeting was frowned upon because the Chinese believe the event may have helped promote the campaign for Tibet’s independence and separation from China.
Bieber was banished from the country in 2017 for bad behavior and disrespect for Eastern culture.
Additionally, the musical guests weren’t the only ones cut from the special, as scenes with LGBTQ fans declaring their love for the series also didn’t air in the country.
For those who don’t know, China has a strong crackdown on the gay community and does not tolerate exposures by same-sex couples.
Remember that ‘Friends: A Reunion’ will be broadcast in Brazil on June 29.
Sadly, it looks like not everyone liked the episode. With 22 reviews posted, the special only got 68% approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, dividing the opinions of critics.
We separate the main excerpts from the reviews:
“Like every reunion, the special is fun, interesting and heartwarming – even if it’s too sweet at times – but that’s exactly what ‘Friends’ looked like, so it feels good.” (Vulture)
“Every part of this special other than the talking six is struggling to justify its existence.” (Rolling stone)
“The special is best when it gets away from the cast and shows us what has always attracted us to them, and each other.” (New York Times)
“It’s as close to a scripted ‘reunion’ of friends’ we’re going to have, and it’s fascinating how easy it is for them to reprise those roles 17 years later.” (CNN)
“This reunion is a self-glorifying celebration of an old but still beloved series.” (AV Club)
“Strangely, despite everything, and its resemblance to the invention of a DJ Khaled album, the end result of this special is sloppy.” (Deadline)
“‘Friends: The Reunion’ is the best casting reunion ever.” (Decide)
Don’t forget that ‘Friends: The Reunion’ will be released on May 27 in the United States. In Brazil, the exhibition takes place in June.
Check out the new promotional images:
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Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer returned for the reunion.
The special will also feature several special guests such as David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevinge, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
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