It doesn’t take much to piss people off these days because most of us are just one offense away from flipping tables and screaming, “This is an OUTRAGE!” Perhaps it all stems from how free and inappropriate society was in the 1990s, and you really need to look no further than iconic Living Single ripoff Friends for more context. Many of its jokes and situations would never fly today, and one of its stars, Jennifer Aniston, realizes this years after the series finale. In fact, she believes that comedy, in general, has taken a huge hit from the youth who cringe every time the Friends theme song comes on because they believe the entire series to be highly offensive.
Yahoo! News reports in a recent interview with AFP, Jennifer broke out her best Archie Bunker impression to sing an updated version of Those Were The Days. And during her commentary for those who think the same, she first began by saying comedy has evolved over the years. However, she adds that it’s become a very slippery tightrope between making people laugh and making people draft online petitions to find others who were just as appalled as they were.
“Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved,” the “Friends” star, 54, told AFP in Paris, where her new film “Murder Mystery 2” with Adam Sandler, is set.
“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 said.
In the past, “you could joke about a bigot and have a laugh — that was hysterical. And it was about educating people on how ridiculous people were,” she said. “And now we’re not allowed to do that.”
Jen then decided to use Friends to defend her point of view, this time with words targeted at the kids of today.
“There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of ‘Friends’ and find them offensive.
“There were things that were never intentional and others… well, we should have thought it through — but I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now.”
These issues are perhaps the reason why Hollywood is turning out far fewer comedies in recent years, which Aniston said was a tragedy.
“Everybody needs funny! The world needs humour! We can’t take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided,” she said.
And just like that, Jen’s inbox will be filled with phrases like “Fuck Off, Boomer!” and “Get a life Gran’mom” from the children. But in any case, at least they would be engaging with people outside of their own demographic since they view most people over forty as dinosaur bones and rotary phones. Which are both relics from long, long ago.