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Controversial, But Those Problematic ‘Friends’ Jokes Were Actually Important For Progress

The One With The Spicy Jokes.

I’m currently rewatching Friends from the very beginning and I’m having a real good time.

I never doubted how good the show is, but there’s something about watching it over and still laughing at the jokes that makes me love it even more.

And Jen knows it. Source: Giphy

However – and this is a big one – I realise a lot of the jokes made on the show wouldn’t pass as good humour on the sitcoms of 2019.

Jokes about sexuality and sexism and eating disorders and gender, Friends has it all. But as our world has moved on from the 1990s and become increasingly more woke, these things have become more pressing issues and, therefore, less okay to joke about.

I understand and respect the thinking behind this: someone else’s pain is not another person’s pleasure.

But I also don’t think humour is that simple. I think the jokes on Friends – yes, while often tongue-in-cheek – were important conversation starters. They showed an awareness of certain every day issues without saying “HEY LOOK AT THIS”.

The jokes were sometimes abrasive, sure (remember that time Rachel greeted Julie at the airport by assuming she couldn’t speak English) BUT they were relatable. Humour is supposed to be relatable – it’s why we laugh.

Source: Friends

When Ross assumed a male nanny MUST be gay we laughed because we related. Even the most understanding, accepting, non-homophobic people are guilty of making assumptions about gender and sexuality. We’re not proud of it, but we relate.

Is the joke hurtful? Yes. But that’s the point. It’s supposed to highlight the every day assumptions people make about sexuality and debunk those assumptions.

When Monica joked about food or ‘Fat Monica’ was used as the butt of a joke, we laughed because we related. Perpetuating stereotypes about overweight individuals and using weight as a measure of self worth is not funny. But we all know what it’s like to eat our feelings (post-breakup ice cream, anyone?) or obsess over our bodies a little too much.

NOT THE KIT-KATS. Source: Giphy

And when Ross became absurdly jealous and possessive over Rachel when she started working for Mark? Well, we all know a Ross. We’ve all loved a Ross. Maybe you still love a Ross.

Toxic masculinity is not okay and Friends uses Ross’ panic to highlight this. They also use Rachel’s response to bring their point home: she’s not okay with how Ross is acting and voices that. In fact, they ‘break up’ because of it.

THEY WERE ON A BREAK. Source: Giphy

Same goes for the casual objectification of women on the show – it’s not funny but it’s a familiar experience for any woman. By including it in the show so casually and so often, Friends ultimately raises awareness for the issue.

And, let’s be real ladies, if we don’t laugh we might cry.

Sad but true. Source: Friends

Friends is full of problematic jokes like these. But just because they’re problematic doesn’t (always) make them less important.

If Friends went to air today I think a lot of humour would still hold up. I think the jokes are just as relevant. In fact, I think they’re more relevant than ever. If we can’t joke about the things we’re struggling with as a society then what’s the point?

Friends doesn’t make jokes in poor taste, it makes them with awareness and with the aim of easing tensions. And, with so many tensions in the world, I believe it’s important to be able to laugh every once in awhile.

A Chicken Run Sequel Is On Its Way, But Exactly How Far Can Chickens Run?

And do they get tired?

Chicken Run is one of the most underrated movies of all time. Is that a sweeping generalisation? Yes. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Check out this comedic genius:

I laugh every time and, on occasion, I quote that scene at my friends with a horrible Yorkshire accent. They definitely don’t find it funny but I find it hilarious.

But don’t worry friends, because I will soon have new content thanks to a Chicken Run sequel. That’s right, my favourite film about poultry is getting a follow-up movie and it’s already begun development.

It’s currently unclear whether the likes of Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha will be returning to the voice cast, but the talented people at Aardman’s animation studios have begun crafting the clay model chickens for the sequel.

I wonder how much they pay a chicken model maker…

Source: Giphy

As excited as I am at this news, I’m not entirely confident a Chicken Run 2.0 will have wings. What exactly will it follow?

It was established beyond doubt in the first film that the chickens cannot fly, so there goes that exciting plot line.

And they already escaped from Mrs Tweedy’s farm so, I would assume, they’re no longer running either.

Would the movie be called Chicken Relax then? Or, if they stick with Chicken Run, what could they possibly be running from? And don’t they get tired from all that running?

I went to Google to try and find some answers to these very important questions.

Proof.

But, sadly, Google didn’t give me much. It told me how fast chickens can run (14/48 kilometres an hour), how high they can fly (12-15 metres), and how much room they need to roam (a minimum 30 square metres for six chickens), but not how long they can run for.

So can the chickens in the Chicken Run sequel still be running from something? Technically yes. What that something is and if it will make a good movie is yet to be determined.

No one does. Source: Giphy

Charlie From ‘Good Luck Charlie’ Is Now Old Enough To Watch The Show

BRB buying anti-wrinkle cream.

Good Luck Charlie was the show that brought us big sister goals, valuable life lessons, and this meme: 

huh??? Source: Giphy

The show first aired in 2011 during that sweet time period between the end of OG Disney Channel shows like That’s So Raven and Kim Possible, and the release of newer abominations like Lab Rats and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

The best. Source: Giphy

Good Luck Charlie only ran for three short years and has been out of production for five years, since 2014. And something truly insane has happened in those years: Mia Talerico, the actor who played cute baby Charlie, grew up. She’s still cute but she’s no longer a baby – Mia just celebrated her 11th birthday and I am shook to my old millennial core. 

Charlie is officially a preteen which means she’s now old enough to watch the show she once starred in. My head is spinning. 

I know ageing is a natural part of life but this just feels wrong to me – in my mind, Mia is forever a baby. I know, it makes zero sense and defies all laws of science, but the heart knows no logic. 

How did this happen? And why does Mia seem to be the only member of the Duncan family to have aged in the last few years?

Mia has done a lot more than just get older – she’s a very busy girl (if her Instagram is anything to go by). She surfs, dances and kayaks. 

She still acts too!  After starring in film shorts like Shadow Theory and Photographic Memory, Mia went on to appear in projects like Mani, a Brat’s web series, and the TV show, Conrad.

She also has a  a successful YouTube channel with over 50k followers, where she reviews toys, shows off her gymnastics skills, and does random arts and crafts like making slime.

Meanwhile I’m still stuck on the fact that Charlie isn’t Charlie anymore and she looks like I did when I was watching Disney Channel. 

I think it’s time I finally invest in some eye cream…

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