Millennials Are Watching 'Friends' On Netflix For The First Time And They Have Some Serious Questions
"Watching Friends on Netflix and it’s basically just nipples."
Millions of fans were thrilled when Netflix finally put out all ten seasons of Friends.
Gone were the days of accidentally stumbling upon a stray episode or two while surfing through every TV channel known to man. We could finally sit down and watch all 236 episodes of everyone's favourite 90's sitcom in chronological order.
The show was about six main characters trying to navigate their way through relationships, marriages, break-ups and babies. But while many of us grew up with Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Joey and their cool New York City apartments, younger millennials who weren't around when the series first aired are seeing the show in a different light.
They're branding its storylines as "transphobic," "homophobic" and "sexist."
Rewatching Friends on Netflix and damn! Never realised just how annoying and homophobic Ross was with stuff like this! Did always love Carol and Susan though, should have known 😅🏳️🌈 https://t.co/J3mrO7Uexx— Amy (@Skaikracha) January 7, 2018
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.— Chris Sonnex (@ChrisSonnex) January 9, 2018
Watching Friends on Netflix and it’s basically just nipples— Big Ron Bentham OBE (@UncleRBenson) January 9, 2018
Millennials have found plot points that left them feeling "uncomfortable"; like when Chandler was paranoid about being perceived as a gay man or made jokes about his cross-dressing dad.
They also found the storyline to be sexist. When Rachel hires a nanny for her daughter Emma, Ross can't handle the fact that the nanny is a man and takes it one step further by asking if he's gay.
New audiences also claim that Rachel would have been fired for sexual harassment when she hires an assistant who isn't qualified for the position because she finds him attractive. The writers are also accused of producing a lack of diversity throughout its regular and recurring cast members.
But while modern-day viewers may brand the show as offensive, it's worth pointing out that Friends first aired more than 20 years ago. The Washington Post highlights that if you watch Seinfeld or Sex and the City, there are plenty of jokes or gags that would cause offence in 2018.