Ever since Friends came to Netflix, a generation of viewers who are re-watching the comedy have raised a big question: could it BE any more homophobic or sexist?
Despite being arguably the defining series of the 90s, on second viewing some fans have felt a little uncomfortable about storylines such as Ross being unable to handle having a male nanny, Monica being ‘fat-shamed’ by other characters, Chandler being paranoid of people thinking he’s gay and the series’ general lack of diverse casting.
MONICA IN HER FAT SUIT IS LIKE A 16 MAX. I hate the fat shaming narrative so so so much. She should have stayed that size and married someone who wasn’t an ass! #fatshaming#monicadeservedbetter#friends
The discussion has not gone unnoticed by the stars of the show either.
“I’ve heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don’t want to get into that. I disagree with all that,” Top Gear host and former Joey actor Matt Le Blanc told BBC News.
“On Top Gear we tend to steer clear of any sort of political content, nothing too topical. On Friends we steered clear of that kind of thing, too. Friends was about themes that stand the test of time – trust, love, relationships, betrayal, family and things like that.”