Matt Le Blanc responds to people calling Friends a problematic show
Matt LeBlanc defends the sitcom after recent allegations.
It is no secret that many people would consider Friends as the most legendary show ever created but a few beg to differ, saying the show was sexist, homophobic, transphobic and fat shaming.
Actor Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani in teh sitcom, is having none of that.
During a Top Gear launch, he reportedly defended the show and said that it is based on values that will live forever.
The Sun reported him saying, "I disagree with all that. I see young people enjoying and loving the show. Everyone gets up in arms about one thing or another these days. I think that will go as quickly as it came. I don’t think it’s something Friends will be judged by."
He further said, "We never dealt with current events. Friends dealt with eternal themes — love, trust, marriage, friendship and family problems. Those are things that stand the test of time."
The 50-year-old actor was at the launch with his girlfriend Aurora Mulligan, who is also a producer at Top Gear.
The show had been reportedly accused of homophobia, sexism, fat shaming and promoting stereotypes about the gay and transgender communities.
In January this year, Netflix added all the seasons of the popular sitcom on their website for viewers to enjoy. Though the show is extremely popular amongst the now mid-twenties crowd, there were countless viewers who were watching Friends for the first time ever.
It was then that the allegations kicked in. Some of the issues that the viewers had with the show were that Ross Gellar, played by David Schwimmer in the show, is repeatedly seen imposing gender norms on his kid Ben, and Chandler Bing, played by actor Mathew Perry, was ashamed of his father who moonlighted as a drag performer.
The show was what star rocketed Matt LeBlanc's career as an actor and comedian. It was aired 24 years ago and still a cult favorite.
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