Is nothing sacred?
Friends is widely considered to be one of the most popular television shows of all time. The series, which aired in 1994, has won numerous awards and has been watched by millions of people across the world.
Due to its abundant popularity, the series has been available to watch on Netflix since late 2017 in the U.K. This hasn’t gone down well with millennials watching for the first time who find the show sexist, homophobic, and transphobic.
Writing for the website The Pool, Caroline O’Donoghue claims that there is a “profound gay panic that litters the series, from ‘Doesn’t Chandler seem gay?’ to ‘Let’s hiss at Carol and Susan until they go back to lesbian town, where they belong.’”
Those with a keen memory for Friends will know that Chandler’s paranoia about being seen as a gay man stems from him not wanting to hinder his dating success with women, and that having two lesbian characters play a key role within season one–culminating with a gay wedding, no less–at the time was a very progressive storyline.
Millennials griped with the lothario character Joey, played by Matt LeBlanc, and his treatment of women whilst ignoring that he usually got his comeuppance, which is reflected in the series finale with him being the only character left single.
Social justice millennials also expressed outrage that the character Chandler, played by Matthew Perry, known for making jokes and witty remarks at every other character’s expense, would also include his drag queen father in his mockeries.
LBC took to Twitter to pose the question that, if Friends is sexist, homophobic, and transphobic, how have our values changed over the last 15 years?
Users responded that the younger generation are turning into “robots, with no humour, self knowledge, or understanding of human nature.” Others also rebutted the complaints about the beloved series, with one user tweeting “Who are these millennials who are so upset? Or is this just another ‘survey’ that has been carried out to support an agenda that is being pushed to create divide?
Millennials watching 'Friends' for the first time on Netflix say the show is sexist, homophobic and transphobic. How have our values changed over the last 15 years? #DarrenOnLBC pic.twitter.com/riHMy81HQI
— LBC (@LBC) January 12, 2018
Others simply wanted the public to know that not all millennials are so sensitive, and that a show from 1994 should not be held to the same standards as the current year.
God forbid the snowflakes should ever discover Monty Python.
Story by Milo’s Dangerous.