According to actress Jennifer Aniston, certain jokes on the popular NBC sitcom "Friends" are now problematic for modern viewers.
The hit show first aired in 1994, a time vastly different from today. Aniston told the Associated Foreign Press (as reported by IndieWire) that there is now a whole new generation of viewers, including children, who find some episodes of "Friends" offensive when revisiting them.
Jennifer Aniston says there’s a whole generation that finds ‘Friends’ offensive now:
“Now it’s a little tricky because you have to be very careful, which makes it really hard for comedians… There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of… pic.twitter.com/201Sh1Pb59
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“There were things that were never intentional and others … well, we should have thought it through, but I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now,” Aniston continued.
“Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved,” Aniston added. “Now it’s a little tricky because you have to be very careful, which makes it really hard for comedians, because the beauty of comedy is that we make fun of ourselves, make fun of life.”
The actress from "Murder Mystery 2" further commented that in the past, there was more acceptance of making fun of certain topics during the airing of the show. It's worth noting that the final episode of "Friends" was broadcast in 2004.
“You could joke about a bigot and have a laugh. That was hysterical. And it was about educating people on how ridiculous people were, and now we’re not allowed to do that,” she said. “Everybody needs funny! The world needs humor! We can’t take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided.”
The absence of diversity in "Friends," with all six primary cast members being white, is not the only issue surrounding the show. Marta Kauffman, one of the series' co-creators, apologized for this lack of representation.
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