The iconic tv show may not be as awesome as we thought it was.
Millennials have been dubbed as snowflakes by the baby boomers and generation x, and that is probably because they like to be inclusive of everyone. Minority communities feel more seen than ever before with this generation and that is because they finally feel like the world is more accepting of their difference.
We can see this change in our TV shows and movies as well. If you go back and watch some of your favorite shows from the 90s or earlier, you might see a bunch of stuff that would be deemed offensive by the people of today. This applies to one of the most beloved shows ever – Friends.
The show which narrated the lives of six young New Yorkers was undeniably a white-washed show and this was called out in Jay Z's Moonlight. The music video, which begins as a which is a shot-for-shot remake of a particularly hilarious scene from Friends, speaks volumes about the lack of representation of people of color.
The video which features Jerrod Carmichael, LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Ray Mowry and Tessa Thompson, was the brainchild of Master of None co-creator Alan Yang. "There was something interesting about recasting Friends because it’s a show that’s in our lifetime, and yet you still watch it now. And by the way, the video is not a slam on Friends," he says.
Instead, Moonlight offers "more of a glimpse at how far we have come as a culture. And how far we have yet to go," explains Alan. And Alan is right, it is still one of the most watch TV shows of all time.
It defined a generation, and unfortunately, it paints a picture of what that generation was like towards the marginalized communities. Thanks to Netflix, millennials are able to revisit the sitcom and boy, do they have opinions.
From the perspective of a millennial, the fat-shaming jokes about Monica, jokes at the expense of Chandler's transgender father, Ross' discomfort at his son being raised by two mothers, are among the many other problematic storylines that Friends had.
Here is a look at one of the most brutally honest feedback about Friends and if you're a hardcore fan, you might want to look away.
Rewatching Friends on netflix and struck by:— Katherine Dunn (@elgatty) January 4, 2018
- so many transphobic, homophobic and biphobic jokes 🙃🙃🙃
- Ross is THE WORST
- Chandler is twitter and I hate my awkward crush on him
- UGH all the Fat Monica jokes. I remember them so clearly, they used to follow me round in my head when I was a teenager and stopped eating THANKS GUYS— Katherine Dunn (@elgatty) January 4, 2018
You know what I hate?— Merpy Napier (@merphynapier) January 10, 2018
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. As if being thin somehow makes her a more well rounded person.
Go home, Friends. pic.twitter.com/NHhDEsYXr2
i hate that throughout friends chandler's trans dad continued to be a laughing stock, 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??— 🐀 (@acidicbabi) December 27, 2017
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
Then again, there is this perspective:
The show IS sexist, homophobic, and transphobic. You know what else was? THE GODDAMN 90's. Get over it— D. Sambolin-Randolph (@dasambolin) January 12, 2018
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