Jennifer Aniston Got Honest About How "Friends" Is Offensive To A Whole Generation Of People, And She Realizes It's Because Comedy Is Different Now

    "There were things that were never intentional and others...well, we should have thought it through."

    Friends is an absolutely iconic '90s TV show and is also now considered an all-time classic sitcom.

    The cast of Friends slurping sundaes

    And if you're an older millennial or Gen X'er, then you probably remember just how huge a cultural impact the series had and how it was truly must-see TV.

    The cast of Friends holding up a picture frame to frame themselves inside it

    While the show has continued to be wildly popular since it went off the air in 2004, it has, in recent years, faced lots of criticism for its lack of diversity and for relying on homophobia and body-shaming (among other things) as a source of punchlines.

    The cast of Friends hugging in a scene

    Recently, while promoting Netflix's Murder Mystery 2 in Paris, Jennifer Aniston spoke to Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo News) about how comedy has changed since her days on Friends, saying, "Comedy has evolved, movies have evolved. 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."

    Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler on the set of Murder Mystery 2

    She went on to add, "[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. And now we're not allowed to do that."

    Close-up of Jennifer in a sleeveless outfit

    Jennifer went on to say how that evolution in comedy has caused some of the jokes and storylines on Friends to become problematic: "There's a whole generation of people, kids, who are now going back to episodes of Friends and find them offensive."

    The cast of Friends sitting together

    And while Friends is now an almost 30-year-old TV show and a product of its time, Jennifer did admit that there were probably some things at the time that they probably didn't need to make into a joke: "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."

    The cast of Friends smiling and embracing

    Even though humor has changed, Jennifer thinks there should be more comedy movies and TV shows out there, adding, "Everybody needs funny! The world needs humor! We can't take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided."

    Close-up of Jennifer in a sleeveless outfit

    You can read the entire interview over at Yahoo News.