Matt LeBlanc defends Friends against claims of homophobia
Friends star Matt LeBlanc has defended the sitcom against recent criticism.
The beloved series was recently added to Netflix and with many fans returning to the show, as well as a lot of newcomers watching for the first time, certain viewers were left feeling uncomfortable by some of the show’s more outdated jokes.
Select episodes have been highlighted as problematic, including the one in which Chandler worries about being perceived as a gay man and the episode where Ross takes up issue with Rachel hiring a male nanny. The lack of diversity has also been brought into discussion, with only two notable non-white characters appearing throughout the entire ten series.
Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey on the show, has now addressed the issue. He told the BBC: “I’ve heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don’t want to get into that. I disagree with all that.
“On Friends we steered clear of that kind of thing, too. Friends was about themes that stand the test of time – trust, love, relationships, betrayal, family and things like that.”
He continued: “I’m not in the business of making political jokes, politically incorrect jokes.
“I don’t want to make jokes that make people go “Ooh, that’s not my bag.” I don’t like that, I run from that kind of stuff. Because that joke isn’t going to be relevant in six months. You talk about “Hey man, you lied to me,” or “Wasn’t that fun?” – that’ll always be relevant.”