“I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now”
Jennifer Aniston says there’s a whole generation that finds ‘Friends’ ‘offensive’.
“I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now,” Aniston told the Associated Foreign Press.
“The beauty of comedy is that we laugh at ourselves, we laugh at life,” she added.
Jennifer Aniston thinks comedy is hard to do now and cited the fact that young people now see “Friends” as a clear example.
“There’s a whole generation of people, kids, who now go back to episodes of ‘Friends’ and find them offensive,” Aniston told the Associated Foreign Press (via Yahoo!), while promoting his latest film, Netflix’s “Murder Mystery 2.” .”
“There were some things that were never intentional and some things, well, we should have thought about that,” Aniston continued. “But I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now.”
The acclaimed 1990s series, in which Aniston played Rachel Greene for 10 seasons and featured a group of friends living in New York City, has been criticized in the past for its lack of diversity.
“Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved,” said Aniston, 54. “Now it’s a bit tricky because you have to be very careful, which makes it very difficult for comedians, because the beauty of comedy is that we laugh at ourselves, that ‘we don’t care about life.
“You could joke about a fanatic and laugh,” she added. “It was hysterical. And it was about educating people about how ridiculous people are, and now we’re not allowed to do that.”
Aniston isn’t the first to tackle the apparent challenges of comedy in the modern age. Legendary comedian Rowan Atkinson, best known for playing Mr Bean, compared the current climate to a “medieval mob looking for someone to burn”, while Seth Rogen advised that if you’re a comedian whose material has aged badly, “accept it”. “
Either way, Aniston thinks comedy is needed more than ever.
“Everyone needs humor! The world needs humor!” said Aniston. “We can’t take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is way too divided.”
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