January 26, 2018

“Sitcom fluff” yesterday, “insensitive” today: Millennials triggered by return of “Friends”

David MenziesMission Specialist


Friends was enormously popular back in the day. The actors were easy on the eyes and the characters lived a lifestyle I suspect many viewers envied.

So, what’s not to love?

Well, in an article in The Independent about millennials discovering or rediscovering the sitcom on Netflix, it turns out they don’t like what they’re seeing.

For them, this relatively tame show is sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and even engages in fat shaming!

Reactions from Generation Snowflake in the Twitterverse criticize “insensitive” plotlines, but this freak-out over Friends shows how much the world has changed in just a few years.

I recently reacted to Toronto Star columnist Joanna Schneller bemoaning the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm because the show’s comedic themes are deemed too politically incorrect for today’s fragile audiences.

What would millennials say if they stumbled upon an old episode of All in the Family from the ‘70s? Could that show even be made today?

Likely not. The millennial generation can’t seem to get through life without being triggered, even by fictional sitcoms.

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commented 2018-01-29 10:26:11 -0500
I remember my dad teaching me to swim. the swimming wasn’t so bad, but getting out that sack was tough.
commented 2018-01-28 09:05:06 -0500
Paul, let’s not forget that the politicians deserve a good measure of the responsibility for turning kids into snowflakes with all their social engineering programs.
commented 2018-01-28 00:47:30 -0500
Reminds me of the CBC. Is there anything more unfunny than a sanitized CBC “comedian”…… talk about an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms !
commented 2018-01-28 00:47:30 -0500
Reminds me of the CBC. Is there anything more unfunny than a sanitized CBC “comedian”…… talk about an oxymoron or a contradiction in terms !
commented 2018-01-27 15:32:35 -0500
We’ve just hired a whole bunch of “Millennials” at work. This is a manufacturing plant and it’s not for the faint of heart on a good day.

These kids come to work and I swear they hide. They are like little puppies that jump at the slightest noise. Don’t ever raise your voice because they start to cry. I know this first hand.

I brought my kids up right. They don’t hide nor do they jump when you raise your voice. They’re tough and strong kids and not afraid of a little hard work.

This world won’t last with these “Millennials” running it. I blame the parents, teachers and media for bringing up pussies.
commented 2018-01-27 13:54:18 -0500
Another sign that we live in a post-humor society. Approved comedians read government propaganda to a laugh track. Real comedians get censored by Twitter. Funny thing about All in the Family – Archie was supposed to be the bad guy that everyone was supposed to hate & Meathead was supposed to be the good guy that everyone was supposed to love. It didn’t turn out that way though. Archie, despite his many faults, was seen as the alpha male who provided for his family while it was impossible to ignore Meatheads’ parasitic nature. The only reason Meathead could spout his leftist propaganda was because Archie got up every morning & went to work. The show survived the loss of Mike & Gloria & even Edith (though it would continue under the name Archie Bunkers’ Place).
commented 2018-01-26 21:22:28 -0500
One could only hope that Archie Bunker would cause those meatheads to suffer cardiac arrest.
commented 2018-01-26 20:37:20 -0500
That’s it, that is the solution, its how we are going to ‘re-balance’ an entire generation of snowflakes. It needs to be mandatory , a part of the curriculum. Archie reruns back to back, an entire class of it, a class required for credit. Trigger the hell out of the little …darlings.

Man, the future looks serious and boring with political correctness ruining every last bit of fun.
commented 2018-01-26 13:35:09 -0500
David, you nailed it when you said, “reprogrammed”!
commented 2018-01-26 13:29:17 -0500
Is it any wonder that the White Race is dieing out. Tomorrow’s leaders will be worse than the idiots we already have.

MARTIN ASHFIELD, I have to agree with You on Archie Bunker.
commented 2018-01-26 12:24:24 -0500
What a bunch of meat heads these millennials are!
I hope we never have to count on them to fight for freedom or to fight insjustice.
Where are they on pedophilia and all the criminal acts being perpetrated by our so called leaders?
They should all take a pill just to relax, may that pill be cyanide!
Political correctness is simply another mental disorder of those who cannot suck it up!
commented 2018-01-26 12:02:57 -0500
Ahh, Archie Bunker, I miss him and his views.