So nobody instructed you Twitter was gonna be this manner.
As followers eagerly await Thursday’s launch of “Friends: The Reunion” on HBO Max, the buzzy throwback begs an disagreeable query — would this beloved ’90s sitcom get away with its jokes within the fashionable days of cancel culture?
Unlikely. Below, probably the most controversial “Friends” themes and plot traces that would hearth up the woke mob in 2021.
Chandler’s transgender dad
Chandler Bing’s transgender, drag queen father was the topic of some low cost laughs all through the sequence, together with Season 7’s “The One With Chandler’s Dad.”
In that episode, Charles Bing — whose stage title is Helena Handbasket — meets future daughter-in-law Monica (Courteney Cox, 56) in a Las Vegas drag membership, the place Monica stumbles over whether or not she ought to name the servers “he” or “she.”
Chandler (Matthew Perry, 51) admits that he has ignored Charles’ many makes an attempt at contacting him over time, and seems mortified when Helena takes the stage, sarcastically asserting, “and there’s daddy.”
Charles was performed by Kathleen Turner, who has since admitted she would flip down the function had been it provided to her now.
Homophobia among the many guys
Considering it’s set in Greenwich Village, there are some startling moments in “Friends” that would simply be considered as insensitive to the homosexual neighborhood.
Carol — Ross’ ex-wife and mom to his son Ben — is a lesbian, a proven fact that’s used as a punchline all through the present, together with Season 2’s “The One With The Lesbian Wedding.” After Carol marries her lover Susan, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow, 57) — on the time inhabited by the ghost of an aged girl, don’t ask — declares, “Now I’ve seen everything!”
Later on within the sequence, Ross (David Schwimmer, 54) freaks out over Ben (performed by twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse) enjoying with a Barbie doll whereas being raised by two mothers — each of which Ross regards as threats to Ben’s burgeoning masculinity.
There are different homosexual jokes among the many guys. In Season 2’s “The One With The Baby On The Bus,” Joey (Matt LeBlanc, 53) and Chandler are mortified once they’re mistaken for Ben’s two dads whereas babysitting him. Later, they use that impression to their benefit — with a purpose to rating a double date with some unsuspecting girls.
Rachel’s office violations
“The One with Rachel’s Assistant” in Season 7 checks loads of packing containers within the no-no column. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston, 52), as a newly promoted style govt, is hiring an assistant, however passes over extremely certified Hilda for the lovable — however professionally underwhelming — Tag Jones (Eddie Cahill, 43).
Her motive? So she will be able to date the brand new rent.
When different girls on the workplace begin displaying curiosity in Tag, Rachel spreads a false rumor that he’s homosexual with a purpose to preserve him to herself.
“Fat Monica” and different physique shaming
The sitcom’s frequent physique shaming would not fly these days.
Monica’s early struggles along with her weight are a operating joke in flashbacks all through the present, together with a montage of an obese Monica (Courteney Cox, 56, in a fats swimsuit) foolish dancing whereas consuming meals in “The One That Could Have Been, Part 1,” throughout Season 6.
The present is equally callous in the direction of “Ugly Naked Guy” — Monica and Rachel’s neighbor, who the group spies on usually. They take the privateness violations one step additional in Season 3, once they style a “giant poking device” to string by way of his window and poke him, with a purpose to see if he’s napping, or useless.
Rachel’s unique nostril — for which Aniston wore an unflattering facial prosthetic — can also be the butt of numerous jokes by way of the sequence.
Joey’s handsy tailor
In the Season 2 debut, “The One with Ross’s New Girlfriend,” Joey sends Chandler to his longtime tailor, Frankie.
Chandler comes again horrified, saying that Frankie was “cupping” elements of his physique that wanted no alteration.
Making mild of adolescent intercourse abuse? Not precisely grade-A tv.
When that is later revealed to Joey, who has been seeing Frankie since age 15, he tells Chandler and Ross that he thought Frankie’s fondling was regular: “That’s how they do pants!”
The guys’ misogyny
Putting it bluntly, about half of Joey’s dialogue, jokes concerning the feminine type, and different commentary would not make it to air.
Though, he’s not the one fella on “Friends” to have a cringeworthy, piggish second.
In “The One with Rachel’s Book” throughout Season 7, Ross impersonates a masseur to provide a lovely consumer a therapeutic massage, which isn’t solely remarkably creepy however doubtless unlawful as nicely.
Making issues worse, that’s not even Ross’s grossest second.
Ross’s incest plot
Even twenty years in the past, this creepy storyline was questionable.
“The One with Ross and Monica’s Cousin” in Season 7 has Ross reunite along with his now-stunning cousin Cassie (Denise Richards) whom he had not seen for a few years.
She decides to stick with Ross after admitting that the engaged Chandler “stares a lot” — one thing Ross additionally promptly does throughout a slow-motion montage of Cassie whipping her hair.
Later whereas they’re each on his sofa ingesting wine, Ross idiotically lunges to kiss Cassie. When she calls him out, he justifies the incestuous transfer with the truth that he hasn’t had intercourse in a very long time. Gross.
How did a present set in New York City solely ever solid white individuals?
It took 9 seasons for the hit sequence to lastly convey on its first recurring black character in one among Ross’ girlfriends, paleontology professor Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler, 50).
Tyler’s function was created after an outcry from followers relating to the present’s lack of variety, one thing that co-creator Marta Kauffman admitted fault for last year.
Adding insult to harm, Charlie Wheeler was solely in 9 of the overall 236 episodes.