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​People Re-Watching 'American Pie' Reckon It's Way More Offensive Than We Remember

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​People Re-Watching 'American Pie' Reckon It's Way More Offensive Than We Remember

Having hit screens back in 1999, the first American Pie film was one of many teenage sex comedies doing the rounds at the time, along with the likes of Road Trip and Sex Drive.

Such movies are often characterised by a plot that involve blokes going to some pretty desperate measures for sex and usually bound together with knob jokes and toilet humour, in turn creating a genre of films that was dependent entirely on intentional bad taste - and one that was hugely popular at the time.

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The model proved so popular that the original American Pie film soon became a franchise, spawning a grand total of seven further films: American Pie 2, American Wedding and American Reunion, along with spin-off films American Pie: Band Camp, American Pie: The Naked Mile, American Pie: Beta House and American Pie: The Book of Love.

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However, it seems that some of the distasteful gags haven't lasted the test of time, with people re-watching the series and not finding the bawdy but ultimately amusing romp they remember - and taking to Twitter to share their revelations.

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Some of the moments these people are referencing? Recording a woman getting naked using a secret webcam, Stifler calling out people for acting 'gay', Stifler being absolutely mortified to realise he's in a gay club, multiple women getting manipulated into sex - yep, all things that don't fly quite as well in 2018 as they did two decades ago.

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The rise of streaming services like Netflix has meant that many classic TV shows and films have been brought back to the forefront, both for people wanting to easily re-live their misspent youth or new audiences altogether.

Of course, as with the new fate of the American Pie series, not everything's had a particularly glowing reception from the discerning viewer of the modern age.

Even Friends - the widely-loved, light-hearted sitcom following a group of pals living in New York - has been subject to recent backlash.

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From the fat-shaming of Monica through to Ross freaking out when his kid Ben is seen playing with a Barbie doll, there's a whole heap of gags that haven't travelled well into 2018.

New Statesman writer Niamh 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."

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Topics: sexism, american pie

Jess Hardiman
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