Jennifer Aniston Reacts to Claims That ‘Friends’ is ‘Offensive’ 

She’s there for you! Jennifer Aniston mirrored on the criticism surrounding her hit present Associates — and claimed comedy has modified over time. 

“There’s an entire technology of individuals, youngsters, who are actually going again to episodes of Associates and discover them offensive,” Aniston advised AFP in an interview revealed earlier this week. “There have been issues that had been by no means intentional and others … Effectively, we must always have thought it by means of, however I don’t assume there was a sensitivity like there’s now.”

The Homicide Thriller star defined that it has turn into “difficult” for comedians through the years. “You’ve to be very cautious,” she mentioned, including that “the fantastic thing about comedy is that we make enjoyable of ourselves” and “make enjoyable of life.” 

“[In the past], you might joke a couple of bigot and have amusing — that was hysterical. And it was about educating folks on how ridiculous folks had been,” she advised the outlet. “And now we’re not allowed to do this. Everyone wants humorous! The world wants humor! We will’t take ourselves too severely. Particularly in the US. Everybody is much too divided.”

Aniston starred as Rachel Inexperienced on the NBC sitcom from 1994 to 2004 alongside Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc. Whereas the present has maintained standing as each a crucial and fan darling, it has confronted criticism for its absence of range. (All through its 10 season run, Associates solely launched two recurring characters who had been folks of colour.)

In August 2022, Kudrow, 59, who portrayed Phoebe Buffay on the comedy, mirrored on why creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane might need struggled to put in writing extra numerous story strains. 

“I really feel prefer it was a present created by two individuals who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after school,” the Reverse of Intercourse star advised The Day by day Beast on the time. “And for exhibits particularly, when it’s going to be a comedy that’s character-driven, you write what you recognize. They don’t have any enterprise writing tales concerning the experiences of being an individual of colour.”

Kathleen Turner, who performed the a part of Chandler Bing’s transgender father or mother on Associates, advised The Guardian in January that she most likely would “not” have taken the function if it had been supplied to her in the present day. 

“There was no query of casting a trans particular person or a drag queen [for the part] … it was by no means thought of,” the actress, 68, claimed. “It by no means crossed my thoughts that I used to be taking a task from somebody.”

Kauffman, in the meantime, received candid about missteps she made whereas writing the character in July 2022, telling BBC World Service’s The Dialog, “Pronouns weren’t but one thing that I understood, so we didn’t consult with that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake.” 

She later made a $4 million donation to her alma mater, Brandeis College, to fund an endowed chair within the college’s African and African American research division. 

“Admitting and accepting guilt shouldn’t be straightforward. It’s painful taking a look at your self within the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know higher 25 years in the past,” Kauffman advised The Los Angeles Occasions on the time. “I need to be sure that to any extent further in each manufacturing I try this I’m aware in hiring folks of colour and actively pursue younger writers of colour. I need to know I’ll act otherwise to any extent further. After which I’ll really feel unburdened.”

She added, “I’ve gotten nothing however love. It’s been superb. It shocked me to some extent as a result of I didn’t count on the information to go this extensive. I’ve gotten a flood of emails and texts and posts which have been nothing however supportive. I’ve gotten quite a lot of ‘It’s about time.’ Not in a imply method. It’s simply folks acknowledging it was lengthy overdue.”