90s sitcom Friends criticised in 2018 for 'homophobia and sexism'

  • 16/01/2018

It was one of the most beloved TV shows of the 1990s, but modern audiences are calling out some of the humour on Friends over its alleged homophobia and sexism.

The show was recently made available on Netflix in the US and the jokes around Ross's lesbian ex-wife, Chandler's fears that he'll be mistaken for a gay man and 'Fat Monica' are drawing ire from their 2018 audience.

The show's all-white cast is also a sore point, and some have questioned how the characters could afford such luxurious New York apartments on apparently modest incomes.

Offended viewers have taken to social media to express their outrage over the show, where they've been met by fans vigorously defending it, with some even suggesting it should be prefaced with a 'product of its time' message like those shown before classic cartoons now deemed racially insensitive.

All 10 seasons of Friends are viewable in New Zealand on TVNZ OnDemand.