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“Friends,” a sitcom featuring six twenty-somethings, was a television icon in the 90s. However, the show recently dropped on Netflix and the show is now facing scathing criticisms. Millions of fans were ready and waiting to binge on the show.
Millenials Unimpressed with ‘Friends’
But times, they do change. Millenials are not at all impressed with the homophobic and transphobic storylines that seem to be a running theme throughout the show. They also don’t see the humor in show’s misogyny or the constant fat jokes aimed at Monica.
These things might have been funny to viewers in the 90s. But in 2018, they are just downright offensive, as Twitter users were quick to point out.
Twitter Blasts Transphobia and Homophobia on ‘Friends’
One Twitter user wrote that she was “rewatching Friends on Netflix” and was “struck by” how “many transphobic, homophobic and biphobic jokes” were made on the show. “Ross is THE WORST,” she said, adding that “Chandler is twitter and I hate my awkward crush on him.”
“I hate that throughout Friends Chandler’s trans dad continued to be a laughing stock,” wrote another Twitter user. “They always made fun of Carol being a lesbian, and they always made fat jokes about Monica. But what can you expect from a sitcom based in the 1990s??”
“We don’t talk enough about how Chandler had 2 moms,” another person wrote. “It was erased because Chandler was a homophobe and a transphobe, so he still called her his ‘dad’?”
“Virtually every episode of Friends features a homophobic joke, the 90s were wild,” one person pointed out.
“I was just watching the friends male nanny episode and Ross is so rude and homophobic and problematic I hate him,” another person wrote.
Misogyny Isn’t Funny Either
“I’m on season 8 of Friends. I’m here to tell you, they are all trash people and really bad friends. First of all, the show is constantly homophobic & misogynistic for the lols,” another person added.
“Re-watching “Friends” on @netflix is very enjoyable, but MY GOD was Ross Gellar a misogynistic homophobe,” yet another person tweeted.
Millenials Not Laughing At Fat Jokes
Twitter users also criticized they fat jokes that were a constant underlying theme on the show when it came to Monica.
“You know what I hate? In Friends, not only do they talk about Monica like she’s ridiculously huge WHEN SHES NOT, but her personality is completely different when she’s fat,” one person tweeted. “As if being thin somehow makes her a more well-rounded person. Go home, Friends.”
“UG, all the Fat Monica jokes,” wrote another Twitter user. “I remember them so clearly, they used to follow me round in my head when I was a teenager and stopped eating THANKS GUYS.”
“I was a uni student in the 90s so looked forward to rewatching Friends on Netflix over New Year,” one former fan wrote. “But I agree – the ‘fat Monica’ and ‘gay Chandler’ ‘jokes’ feel very out of place now. And was Joey *always* that bit creepy? Disappointing.”
This isn’t the first time “Friends” has found itself in hot water over their blatant homophobia and transphobia. In October of 2011, a video was released detailing all the homophobic and transphobic jokes that were featured on the sitcom. The video, which places these offensive segments back to back, lasts a whopping 50 minutes.
Times Sure Have Changed
The outrage of millennials at “Friends” is another step in the right direction. Their criticism is proof of just how far we have come in only a few short decades. LGBT rights have made great strides during recent years. Fat jokes and body shaming are now seen for the bullying tactics they really are. And women are fed up with misogyny.
Clearly, we still have a very long way to go regarding LGBT rights and ending sexism. But millennials’ reaction to “Friends” gives us hope that we are moving in the right direction. Each generation makes a few more steps toward true equality for all. Maybe, just maybe, we will actually reach that goal one day.
In the meantime, we have to fight these battles one at a time. We must continue to call out this kind of homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and fat shaming. Hollywood needs to do better. Way to go Twitter.