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Jennifer Aniston Says ‘A Whole Generation Of People’ Think ‘Friends’ Is ‘Offensive’ Now

Actress Jennifer Aniston says that modern audiences take issue with some of the jokes on the classic hit NBC comedy “Friends.”

The iconic series premiered in 1994 during a very different time. “There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of ‘Friends’ and find them offensive,” Aniston told the Associated Foreign Press, per IndieWire

The 54-year-old star continued,” Some things were never intended, and people… well, we may have thought it through, but I don’t think there was a there like there is today.”

Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved,” Aniston added. “Now it’s a little tricky because you have to be very careful, which makes it really hard for comedians, because the beauty of comedy is that we make fun of ourselves, make fun of life.”

The artist from” Murder Mystery 2″ continued by stating how ridicule was more acceptable when the show was on television. The final episode of” Friends” aired in 2004.

” You may laugh at a hypocrite pun.” That was violent in nature. And now we’re never allowed to do that ,” she said.” And it was about educating consumers on how crazy people were. Everyone requires humor! The world requires fun! We shouldn’t be too serious about ourselves. particularly in the United States. Somebody is far too polarized.

There are other issues with” Friends” besides making politically incorrect jokes. Marta Kauffman, a co-creator of the series, expressed regret over the lack of” diversity” in the show, particularly given that the six main cast members were all white.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” Kauffman said of only casting black actors in small parts. “Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago.”

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She continued by making a$ 4 million atonement commitment to help black students at her alma mater, Brandeis University.

She remarked at the time,” It took me a while to start understanding how I internalized widespread bigotry.” ” I’ve been putting a lot of effort into becoming an alliance and anti-racist.” And I thought that by doing this, I could participate in the conversation from the viewpoint of a pale woman.

Kauffman also apologized for “misgendering” a character’s trans-identifying father during one of the episodes. “We kept referring to [Helena] as ‘Chandler’s father,’ even though Chandler’s father was trans,” she said.

We didn’t respond to that nature as” she” because equal were not yet something I understood. That was an error.

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