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People Are Now Complaining ‘Friends’ Is Homophobic, Misogynistic And Transphobic

Stewart Perrie

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People Are Now Complaining ‘Friends’ Is Homophobic, Misogynistic And Transphobic

Millions of fans were bloody thrilled when Netflix announced everyone's beloved sitcom Friends would be uploaded to the streaming service. Plenty of us grew up with Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Joey and their cool apartments in New York City.

However, some viewers are seeing the show in a very different light to when it aired in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The show was about the six main characters navigating through relationships, babies and break-ups, not to mention pivoting a couch around a particularly tight corner. What's not to love?

Well, if you look through Twitter, a lot, apparently.


One of the big accusations being levelled at the show is its apparent fat-shaming of Monica when she was in high school. Despite actor Courtney Cox having a slim figure, throughout the show's decade-long run her character's pals regularly bring up how large she was during her teens.

As they all watch a video of her at prom, for instance, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) says: "Some girl ate Monica!"


One person wrote on Twitter: "The fat shaming of Monica in Friends will forever be problematic - she's not even that 'fat' in it for fucks sake."

Another added: "The fat shaming in this Friends episode is unreal. I still love Friends. I think it really shows how much we as a society has accomplished and changed since then! But DAMN."

The hit TV show is also being labelled homophobic and transphobic.

There was no denying Chandler had animosity towards his dad, but was it transphobic? Credit: Netflix
There was no denying Chandler had animosity towards his dad, but was it transphobic? Credit: Netflix

Chandler's dad has a scandalous relationship with the pool boy behind his wife's back. The gang never let Matthew Perry's character forget that, and his disdain for his dad gets worse when he sees him in drag in Las Vegas.

New Statesman writer Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin said in an article: "Chandler's dehumanising contempt for his queer father, which mutates into a loathing of any kind of effeminacy or gender nonconformity, in himself or anyone else.

"Plenty of people will tell you that this gay panic was 'of its time', but frankly that only makes it more sinister."


Ross also freaks out when his kid Ben is seen playing with a Barbie doll and also is weirded out when Rachel hires a male nanny - immediately assuming the childcare worker must be gay.

Credit: FriendsCredit: Friends

The writers are also accused of producing a lack of diversity throughout its regular and recurring cast members.

While modern-day viewers might brand the show offensive to anything and everything under the sun, it's worth pointing out that it 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 set keyboards and social media alight in 2018.

It's also worth pointing out that Friends featured a same-sex wedding between Ross's ex-wife and her partner. That was so ahead of its time that it was banned in parts of the US.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, US Entertainment, Friends

Stewart Perrie
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