Jennifer Aniston Says "A Whole Generation of Kids" Finds 'Friends' to Be Offensive

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Jennifer Aniston on the State of Comedy TodayAxelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Nearly 20 years after the final episode of Friends was released, Jennifer Aniston is reflecting on the hit sitcom's impact on younger generations today.

In an interview with AFP, published by Yahoo! News, the actress offered her thoughts on the current state of comedy, which she says "has 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," she said, adding that, 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."

When it comes to Friends, the NBC sitcom that launched her into a household name, Aniston claims, "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," she said. "Everybody needs funny! The world needs humor! We can't take ourselves too seriously. Especially in the United States. Everyone is far too divided."

The ensemble of Friends on set.NBC - Getty Images

Aniston previously opened up about revisiting the iconic set for the Friends reunion in a 2021 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"It was all very jarring and, of course, you've got cameras everywhere and I'm already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say," she said. "I had to walk out at certain points. I don't know how they cut around it."

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