Sitcom ‘Friends’ comes to Netflix and viewers are shocked at the show’s homophobia, transphobia and misogyny

Sitcom ‘Friends’ comes to Netflix and viewers are shocked at the show’s homophobia, transphobia and misogyny

Friends is probably one of the most known series, and that is the reasons that millions of fans were thrilled when it was announced that it would be coming to Netflix.

However, excitement quickly died down when people began to binge watch the show and found that it was more problematic than they remembered from previous sporadic watching.

Viewers took to Twitter in swarms to complain about the homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic storylines that litter the ten seasons.

One of the ongoing plots that had slipped many people’s minds is Chandler’s relationship with his dad, who is transgender.

Chandler refuses to recognise her gender identity, using the dead name “Charles” rather than “Helena Handbasket”. He also pretends to become physically sick when they go to watch her perform on stage.

“We don’t talk enough about how Chandler had 2 moms,” one person wrote on Twitter. “It was erased because Chandler was a homophobe and a transphobe, so he still called her his “dad”?”

People also took aim at Ross, who berates his son Ben for playing with a Barbie doll and assumes that the male nanny hired by Rachel is gay.

“I was just watching the Friends male nanny episode and Ross is so rude and homophobic and problematic I hate him,” one person wrote.

Another added: “I’m on season 8 of Friends. I’m here to tell you, they are all trash people and really bad friends. First of all, the show is constantly homophobic & misogynistic for the lols.”

A third wrote: “Virtually every episode of Friends features a homophobic joke, the 90s were wild.”

“Re-watching “Friends” on @netflix is very enjoyable, but MY GOD was Ross Gellar a misogynistic homophobe,” a separate person said.

The show also ran a long-running storyline which joked that Chandler is gay, making him the butt of the joke.

A video featuring all the homophobic moments lasts a whopping 50 minutes.

However, many older fans are arguing that in the 90s, the conversation around homophobia and transphobia was not as prominent, and big American sitcoms like Friends could get away with the plots now considered less than sophisticated.

Certainly, if you watch any show from 20 years ago it isn’t going to live up to today’s expectations.

Friends should also be credited for trying to convey some positive messages, including the same-sex wedding between Ross’s ex-wife and her partner.

The episode was so controversial that it was banned from being aired in some states in America.

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  1. Pankar
    January 14, 03:41 Reply

    ‘Friends’. They did what they could it was the 90’s. Ross’s wife being an out and proud lesbian, and accepted by the five friends, makes up a lot and says different of the show’s homosexuality tolerance.

  2. Eddie
    January 14, 23:56 Reply

    Of course,they portrayed lesbian marriage…. Most straight guys and incidentally most homophobes don’t seem to have a problem with girl on girl action and relationships of any kind…
    So while it was a risqué subject, it was still kinda “accepted”

    • Pankar
      January 15, 05:13 Reply

      “Most straight guys and incidentally most homophobes don’t seem to have a problem with girl on girl action and relationships of any kind…”

      They don’t seem to have a problem with girl on girl until they find you two are serious about it and won’t admit men, then you may be lynched

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