‘Friends’ Is Now ‘Problematic’

10 Comments for “‘Friends’ Is Now ‘Problematic’”

  1. posted by Jorge on

    They might like Seinfeld better. It has a better ending.

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    • posted by David Bauer on

      Friends – when it originally aired – had its share of critics and folks who didn’t drink the proverbial kool-aid.

      Friends, arguably jumped the shark before its final episode. Variety shows, such as Mad TV took shots at it (mostly notably for having few black characters in a series set in modern day New York).

      I’m sure some 1990s era conservatives disliked it. The series had a semi regular lesbian couple, a gay wedding episode and quite few straight couples having sex prior marriage.

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  2. posted by MR Bill on

    My daughter said ( while it was still in production) “Friends don’t let friends watch ‘Friends’.”

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  3. posted by Kosh III on

    Just when I think a posted topic can’t get any more ridiculous or irrelevant something like this garbage comes along.
    Who cares?

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  4. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Just when I think a posted topic can’t get any more ridiculous or irrelevant something like this garbage comes along.

    The whole point of the post was to allow Stephen to echo the homocon meme: “As the social justice warriors chant, “Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay! Make ‘Friends’ Go Away!” Not that the “social justice warriors” chant that, or even care about Friends, but it reinforces the Miloish message. And that is important.

    Who cares?

    Stephen cares. An entire generation thinks that fat jokes, fag jokes and ethnic jokes aren’t funny. Unless that can be nipped in the bud, the America he grew up in — I did, too — will be lost forever. Sad, huh?

    Say, did you hear the one about the Irishman who came out of a bar? Don’t laugh — it could happen.

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  5. posted by Jorge on

    Stephen cares. An entire generation thinks that fat jokes, fag jokes and ethnic jokes aren’t funny. Unless that can be nipped in the bud, the America he grew up in — I did, too — will be lost forever. Sad, huh?

    Quite.

    I realized something today. You know the accusation that now that we’ve had a black president people should stop complaining about racism?

    Well, we now have our first countercultural president. PCism is dead. We finally won. Quit complaining and get over your oppression complex, yeah!

    Well, why not?

    Because here’s what people don’t realize about the “first X president” thing. What happened once can happen again, at any time.

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  6. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    My daughter said ( while it was still in production) “Friends don’t let friends watch ‘Friends’.”

    It’s generational.

    My grandparent’s generation (born 1875-1880) didn’t see anything wrong with the raw racism and anti-Semitism in John Buchan novels. My parent’s generation (born 1915-1920) didn’t see anything wrong with Stepin Fetchit routines. My generation (born 1945-1950) didn’t see anything wrong with fat jokes, fag jokes and ethnic jokes, such as those on Friends.

    Culture has moved on, what was once funny is now dated, and the younger generations (our kids and their kids), having grown up in a different environment, are on a different cultural page. It isn’t a progressive plot. It’s the way the world works.

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  7. posted by JohnInCA on

    Cool. We can add “Friends” to the list of things our parents liked that we think are stupid. Like napkins and Applebee’s.

    That said? Never go back and watch a show that you thought was amazing from a decade or two ago. Your nostalgia won’t survive the experience. And getting upset that other folks that *have* recently watched it don’t share your enthusiasm is just stupid.

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  8. posted by David Bauer on

    {Bleah} this is a pop culture commentary – their are a million different pop culture opinions online – and treating it as the definitive opinion is just stupid. Dishonest too.

    Quite a few people – across the political spectrum – could care less about Friends. Milo may care or may want us to be upset that someone, some where online is upset, but Milo is stupid and dishonest.

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  9. posted by Matthew on

    They’re right. The show is unfunny and stupid, and everyone I’ve ever known who liked it turned out to be an unfriendly jerk.

    The studio that produced it, Warner Bros., also helped launch the career of anti-gay bigot Kirk Cameron on the almost-as-bad GROWING PAINS, but no one cares about that show anymore because Millennials don’t care about anything before 1990.

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