10 Episodes of “Friends” Controversial
Whereas many TV exhibits and flicks have aged like a effective wine, the hit present Buddies has aged extra like that rancid milk that you just left open behind your fridge for manner too lengthy with out realizing it. If it had been launched in the present day, there’s a good likelihood that it could not final lengthy on the air, as a result of controversy it could have brought about, and all of the common in-jokes that will not have been acceptable in in the present day’s surroundings.
10. Joey’s Tailor And The Unusual Purpose He’s So Messed Up
Within the episode The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend, Chandler wants new pants and so he decides to go make use of Joey’s tailor — the identical tailor that Joey’s complete household has used for generations. Whereas there, Chandler may be very upset that the tailor took a seize of his crotch whereas measuring, to which Joey shocks each him and Ross by laughing it off as a very regular factor to do. He’s very shocked after they clarify to him that it isn’t in any respect regular to seize somebody’s household jewel’s while you’re measuring them for swimsuit pants.
This causes Joey to begin excited about previous conditions along with his tailor, and he involves a realization that this might have modified him through the years with out him realizing it. As an viewers, we begin to understand that this sexually harassing tailor is meant to be the principle purpose each Joey, and his household, are sort of freaky and tousled relating to dealing with sex. As you may think, the complete factor is dealt with with the sensitivity of a bludgeon, and would seemingly wrestle to be accepted as a plotline in the present day.
9. Monica Is Haunted By Her Previous As A Fats Woman
In The One That Could Have Been, Part 1, it begins out because it usually does with the entire gang hanging out. On this episode, they’re speaking about their previous lives, and the way they may have ended up if their lives had continued extra as they’d been after they had been youthful, as a substitute of taking the turns they did. One of many issues they speak about throughout these flashbacks are Monica’s earlier life as a fat girl, and whether or not she would have the boyfriend she does now.
To his credit score, Chandler appears fairly offended that everybody thinks he wouldn’t have been with Monica merely due to her measurement, however it’s also made clear that everybody believes that Monica not solely was a fats lady, however was an especially fats lady. Within the alternate actuality she is proven as being grotesquely chubby, and a part of the plotline is that Monica’s greatest wrestle in her previous is getting over being “the fats lady.” These days, with all of the furor in opposition to fats shaming, this episode would most likely be extraordinarily controversial.
eight. Joey Manipulates Warmth In His Condominium To Get Women Bare
This half is barely a really small throwaway in an in any other case regular thanksgiving episode referred to as The One Where Ross Got High; nevertheless, most individuals would most likely be very bothered by this, in addition to by Joey’s creepy habits usually. Joey, if something, was Quagmire from Household Man earlier than he was even conceived as a personality. On this episode Joey admits to turning up the warmth to his condominium to be able to try and get the lady at present sharing lease in his condominium to go with out garments, or not less than as few garments as potential.
He has additionally used peepholes in different episodes, and appears significantly shameless about his habits. Joey is clearly a sexual predator who arguably must be locked up, and definitely wants severe remedy, however his sick habits is performed for laughs and his so referred to as “buddies” by no means go to any actual hassle to get him the assistance he so clearly wants. The behaviors Joey reveals in direction of ladies are merely not regular or wholesome. Whereas generally any publicity may be good publicity, throughout our present age, attempting to air such predatory habits for informal laughs would most likely trigger extra hurt than good for his or her scores.
7. Chandler’s Dad The Transvestite, A Totally different Controversy Relying On Your View
This episode is known as The One With Chandler’s Dad and could possibly be seen as controversial by two very completely different sides of a debate, relying on the way you take a look at the state of affairs. On this episode, we be taught that Chandler’s dad is a transvestite and ultimately his marriage ended due to it. We be taught that Chandler feels embarrassed by his dad and wouldn’t even inform Monica about him or invite him to their upcoming marriage ceremony in any respect. It seems that Chandler’s dad would costume up as varied feminine stars from motion pictures, and present as much as cheer at any sports activities occasion that Chandler was part of.
Monica disagreed with Chandler’s evaluation, arguing that not less than his dad was supportive of him and at all times confirmed as much as be there for his son. She tells Chandler he wants to fulfill his dad, and so they fly throughout the nation to see him. Upon going to a membership the place Chandler’s dad is performing in full costume, he acknowledges his son, in addition to the marriage ring. Realizing he must make up along with his dad, who is barely being who he’s, Chandler invitations him to the marriage and the story arc ends with a candy second. In some methods it looks like a reasonably properly carried out episode, however many would object, as we mentioned, for reverse causes. Some would merely really feel that the episode is just too accepting of transexuals, and others would really feel that it was a ham-fisted try that solely strengthened stereotypes and didn’t correctly deal with such a weighty situation.
6. Phoebe Flashes Her Boobs At The Guys To Win A Soccer Sport
In The One With The Football, the gang is watching soccer on Thanksgiving and will get impressed to play their very own sport. After all, as you may think, issues go south fairly shortly. Earlier than lengthy it finally ends up just about the blokes in opposition to the ladies, and the ladies resolve to attempt to ensure they win by having Phoebe distract the blokes by flashing her breasts at them. In the identical soccer sport, Monica can also be criticized for her aggressive intuition, persevering with to strengthen the stereotype from again within the ’90s that girls desirous to win, particularly at sports activities, was simply bizarre and misplaced.
It’s onerous to think about a present tv present getting away with that sort of plotline in the present day, with how individuals at present really feel about sexual harassment and crude stereotypes about ladies. This plotline, in addition to the criticisms about Monica, reinforce the stereotypes that girls are seductresses who merely use their intercourse to be able to get what they need, and aren’t good at successful at something except it includes flaunting their intercourse. Like many Buddies episodes, if it had been made in the present day, it could most likely be shortly shelved, and by no means aired once more — after the following PR nightmare, after all.
5. Ross Goes Completely Nuts At The Thought Of A Male Nanny
In The One With The Male Nanny, Rachel and Ross are searching for a nanny and a male nanny named Sandy applies. He looks like an incredible candidate and Rachel convinces Ross to rent him regardless of his reservations. Nonetheless, he’s very uncomfortable with the thought of a man being a nanny as a result of he thinks it’s a feminine’s job. To make issues worse, the male nanny is delicate, cries quite a bit, performs the flute and does puppet exhibits — this makes Ross much more uncomfortable about the complete factor.
Close to the top, he truly fires the nanny as a result of he’s too delicate. In an effort to redeem Ross, the writers have him later confide within the male nanny that he has some severe points about what is predicted out of a person. He tells Sandy that his father wouldn’t let him play with something that wasn’t manly, and was at all times fairly onerous on him about it. Whereas this looks like a studying second for Ross, the episode itself nonetheless reinforces a whole lot of fairly crude stereotypes. The concept a male can’t be a very good nanny, or that males who babysit or watch youngsters are female or overly delicate is just not true. Whereas males nonetheless generally face discrimination in that sort of place, there isn’t a proof that implies the kind of man who’s curious about that sort of work is overly female or delicate.
four. Gunther, The Unhappy Man Ou
Gunther is the supervisor on the espresso store, Central Perk, the place the buddies hang around frequently. For some purpose, they’re fairly unkind to him all through the present. Regardless of permitting them to have a everlasting sofa setup on reserve in an space the place area and actual property comes at an unimaginable premium, he appears to be extra of the butt of jokes or insults than anything. Within the episode The One With The Worst Best Man Ever, Ross exhibits simply how little they know or care about Gunther, even in spite of everything of those years.
At a celebration, Ross is struggling to search out who his finest man needs to be, and he throws out Gunther’s identify, saying that he will probably be his finest man. To his credit score, Gunther doesn’t take what’s mainly an off-the-cuff insult — Ross throwing his identify out of desperation — mendacity down. He fires again asking Ross what his final identify is, to which Ross guesses, fairly lamely, that it’s Central Perk, the identify of the espresso store he manages. Gunther leaves shortly afterwards, disgusted with the truth that even in spite of everything of this time, none of them have even bothered to be taught his final identify. With the web a lot extra lively in the present day, it could seemingly be a lot more durable to get away with a personality who is continually taking flack, with no actual purpose to deserve it in any way.
three. Phoebe’s Clearly Has Psychological Points, However It Is Performed For Laughs
Phoebe is definitely one of many oddest characters in Buddies, and suits a stereotype that was usually utilized in older sitcoms — the loopy particular person. There are a lot of episodes the place Phoebe’s unusual quirks or different oddities are performed for laughs, and to strengthen the truth that her character is loopy, however in a “humorous” manner. Nonetheless, the one which simply stands out essentially the most because the one which looks like a cry for assist from a really broken lady, is The One With The Cat. On this episode, Phoebe finds a cat in a guitar case and immediately bonds with it.
After that, issues begin getting bizarre. Phoebe turns into satisfied that the cat is definitely a reincarnation of her deceased mom, and for some time is totally adamant about this. The others, particularly Ross, need to persuade her that she is flawed, particularly contemplating the cat is clearly male. In an effort to show her flawed, Ross even seems to be for lacking cat posters till he finds the place the cat’s correct house is. Whereas this episode is meant to be humorous, it’s truly fairly unhappy that regardless of her clearly needing some severe remedy, not one of the buddies make any actual effort to persuade her to get the assistance she so clearly wants. A girl who turns into satisfied a cat is her lifeless mom isn’t a wholesome lady, and needs to be inspired to speak to a psychological well being skilled. Basically, it has develop into a lot much less acceptable to have a loopy character only for laughs, so Phoebe as a personality may not work on a present that was premiering in in the present day’s ambiance.
2. An Alcoholic Is Dragged Down For Being “No Enjoyable Anymore” When He Tries To Stop
In The One With Russ, Monica is relationship a recurring character referred to as Enjoyable Bobby. Now, Enjoyable Bobby is meant to be enjoyable as a result of he drinks quite a bit, is an efficient partier, and has a number of humorous tales to inform whereas ingesting. After a protracted evening with everybody ingesting away tons of booze, Monica realizes that Bobby is ingesting far more than anybody else, and truly has a really major problem. She informs Bobby of this and, struck by his personal failings, he decides it’s time for him to give up alcohol altogether.
Sadly, Monica shortly realizes that Bobby is sort of… not so attention-grabbing, or humorous… when he’s stone chilly sober, however she doesn’t need to break up with him and ship him again to the bottle, so she begins ingesting closely to be able to take care of the truth that she not finds him attention-grabbing. Bobby is now mocked by others for being not enjoyable anymore, and shortly realizes that now Monica has a severe ingesting downside, and truly breaks up with her. This episode doesn’t deal with alcoholism effectively, because it makes it appear to be you can not have enjoyable with out ingesting, and that in case you give up, your mates is not going to suppose you’re enjoyable anymore, will make enjoyable of you, and won’t even need to hang around with you in any respect.
1 The Time One Of Them Broke Up At A Marriage ceremony Reception
In The One With Barry And Mindy’s Wedding, the gang attend a marriage for Rachel’s ex-fiance, a man named Barry. For some purpose, Rachel decides to be the Maid of Honor, however does every little thing she will be able to to flaunt her physique and upstage the bride as she takes her flip to stroll down the aisle first. To make issues worse, it seems later on the reception that Barry had guess that Rachel would depart early, and so she stays simply to spite him, regardless of not desirous to be there in any respect within the first place. This a part of the plot is odd and awkward, because it implies many of the adults concerned are mainly youngsters. Barry invitations her to his marriage ceremony and needs her to be concerned, and he or she agrees to be concerned. Nonetheless, each actually appear extra curious about making the opposite look dangerous than anything.
As if that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, the second arc on this episode includes Monica and her boyfriend Richard, and their struggles over their relationship. Richard doesn’t need to have youngsters, however Monica does. Whereas dancing on the marriage ceremony reception, Monica brings it up once more and they’re as soon as once more struggling to agree. Richard needs to be with Monica regardless so he says he would have youngsters if it was really that essential to her, however then Monica breaks up with him proper there on the marriage ceremony reception, as a result of she needs to be with somebody who really needs to have their very own youngsters.
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In actual life, it could be thought-about fairly a fake pas for a maid of honor to return to a marriage she doesn’t need to be at and attempt to upstage the bride, to not point out the shortage of social grace in publicly breaking apart along with your important different in the course of the reception — she might have not less than waited till they acquired house, or for a extra personal and applicable event. This episode reinforces the selfishness of most of the buddies, who look like principally incapable of understanding the emotions of people who find themselves not themselves.