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Before we start here, I wanna say I bloody love Friends. It’s probably one of my favourite shows in fact. But it is a very problematic and dodgy show. I wanted to highlight some things that annoyed me.
1. The blatant homophobia and transphobia jokes about Chandler’s dad. Or about anyone in particular.
There’s a lot of blatant homophobia in Friends and I know a lot of people pass it off as being the 90s and “everyone was homophobic” but that doesn’t make it okay in the modern day eyes. There’s the huge storyline that Chandler is gay and it was constantly always made fun of – I’m talking always. Ross seems to be the worst because he doesn’t seem to express any love to his friends without it being gay (expect from the napping episode obviously!). They also use Chandler’s father as a butt of jokes a lot too. Incorrect labels are used them talking about her too and it’s annoying because just respect your parents decision in life GOSH.
2. Joey always getting mocked when he liked typically feminine things.
There’s nothing wrong with a guy liking stereotyped feminine items like makeup, candles (yeah WHAT!?) and wearing bags. There’s a whole episode of Joey taking a liking to a handbag and it’s referred to as a “man bag” just so he would accept it. Not to mention, all of his friends mock him for it. I’m looking at you Ross.
3. Ross getting annoyed about Ben playing with a Barbie doll.
It wasn’t funny at all. Why was it such a huge problem for Ross that his own son liked something that wasn’t reallllyyyyy something “a boy should like”. Who cares?! It literally makes my eyes roll to the back of my head in annoyance because it really shouldn’t have been a problem.
4. The mocking of what Ross liked and his career.
As much as I didn’t like Ross throughout Friends, I pitied him in this sense. He was constantly taken the piss out of for enjoying dinosaurs and having a PHD. Like I get that people wouldn’t typically call someone with a palaeontology degree a doctor but he is one and that’s all that should matter. It just upsets me because all of the friends have their own hobbies and individual careers and they aren’t mocked in the slightest (okay apart from Chandler because no one knows what he did)
5. Ross and his attitude towards the nanny.
I think the most annoying part of the show is when Ross is really bothered by the fact that their nanny is male. He also won’t stop asking Sandy if he is gay which is another problem. Just because a male has a typically female job, doesn’t mean they are gay. You like what you like. It’s the icing on the cake when Ross mentions that a male nanny is like “a woman being a…”. It really makes it seem like Ross thought of females and males as two different species.
6. How possessive and not a very nice person Ross was.
He just isn’t. He’s judgemental, whiny, constantly jealous about anyone who remotely looks in Rachel’s direction and makes everything about him. To name a few. He just seems like a horrible person to date and be friends with. He got incredibly angry at Rachel when she got “engaged” to Joey after JUST giving birth and was obviously hormonal and drugged up. The whole “we were on a break” thing, yes you were but you did fuck up. He couldn’t accept that he was in the wrong ever so slightly for fucking someone behind Rachel’s back after less than a day.
7. Chandler’s constant mistreatment of Janice.
We get it. Janice wasn’t a good person for Chandler but it gave him no right. She may have been the most annoying person EVER but Janice has a good heart and really doesn’t deserve the shitty treatment she gets from the whole group to be honest. Chanlder just drops her at will and also goes to massive efforts to avoid her when he could’ve just told her he didn’t want to date her anymore. He also takes a lot of advantage of her and her feelings towards him when he is in need of something like sex or attention. SHE JUST WANTED LOVE. She was a nice person to the whole of the gang she didn’t deserve the ill treatment.
8. The fatshaming. On anyone, but mainly Monica.
Monica was fat in college and we all get that. But again it’s the butt of all the jokes. Fat isn’t a bad thing and being fat isn’t a bad thing either. It upsets me that after overhearing Chandler at thanksgiving, she decides to lose weight and now she’s suddenly very attractive. Don’t get me wrong, Courteney is so attractive but she isn’t attractive just because she’s slim.
That’s all of my list of why Friends was annoying in some sense. Again, I still adore this show but sometimes I think it is crucial to explain why your favourite show is problematic when it is. Because Friends definitely is.