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.