Jennifer Aniston Comments on People Finding 'Friends' Offensive Now
'The world needs humor!'
Jennifer Aniston doesn't think Gen Z connects with Friends.
During a red carpet interview with French press agency AFP at the premiere of Murder Mystery 2, Aniston said there's a "whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of friends and find them offensive."
She admitted that some jokes and plotlines on the NBC classic haven't aged well.
"There were things that were never intentional and others," she noted, "well, we should have thought it through—but I don't think there was a sensitivity like there is now."
The former Friends star, who played Rachel Green for 10 seasons, also claimed that people these days are too sensitive to certain jokes, which is why some younger viewers may feel the show is outdated.
"Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved," she said. "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."
She added, "You could joke about a bigot and have a laugh—that was hysterical. And it was about educating people on how ridiculous people were. And now we're not allowed to do that."
Aniston then lamented that, in her opinion, comedies aren't as popular anymore because of this shift in people's sensitivity.
"Everybody needs funny! The world needs humor! We can't take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided," she said.
Aniston's comments had social media divided.
Someone pointed out that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the longest-running live action sitcom of all time, with characters and storylines far more controversial than anything on Friends.
A Friends fan pointed out that it's actually a good thing that people recognize now the parts of the show that were problematic.
Additionally, a viral tweet by NBC News reporter Kat Tenbarge made note of how celebrities often say others think something is controversial while only speaking about a small group of people.
The good news for Aniston is that Friends still has a big fanbase, who certainly want more of the show. That's why HBO Max brought us Friends: The Reunion in 2020.