The 90s sitcom we all love and grew up watching is being labeled as 'offensive' by a younger audience.
Remember Seinfeld? The 90s comedy show which ran for nine seasons on NBC because people loved it that much? Yeah, that. While we all enjoyed the Jerry Seinfeld-starrer, the audience of today is claiming that the celebrated show is highly offensive and they don't understand why people talk so highly of a show which is so damn insensitive and hateful. People are pointing out 'jokes' from the show which first aired in 1989 and noting how the so-called jokes are nowhere near being funny but simply insensitive and offensive to people in so many ways.
More and more young people are getting offended by the classic show and are taking to social media to express their anger. In fact, Bustle, a website which pretty much caters to millennials and the generations above, has stirred the pot even more and pointed out a list of jokes from Seinfeld which are highly offensive in today's context and called the show 'politically outdated.'
In fact, the ones who used to love the show, are now claiming that they can't watch it the same way and actually regret liking it in the first place. Seinfeld, starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards, was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld as a show which revolves around humor and things we face generally in our day to day lives. But, clearly, their definition of 'humor' is different from the 'woke' generation of today.
One of the most famous scenes of the show was the 'soup Nazi' and while people loved it when it originally aired, the people of today are having none of it. Adding the word 'nazi' to pretty much anything these days automatically makes it offensive and hence the outrage. Then, there's the 'Indian giver' joke which obviously is very stereotypical and offensive to the native people and had the episode aired in 2019, it would have led to a massive backlash, ultimately leading to the cancellation of the show. That would have been well deserved.
Seinfeld's The Puerto Rican Day Parade is basically "here's all the offensive jokes we could get in before the finale have a nice life suckers"— Zane Dukes (@ZRockwellD) March 15, 2019
But, there was indeed an episode of Seinfeld which caused major controversy even back in the 90s! In the Puerto Rican Day episode, Kramer stomps repeatedly on a burning Puerto Rican Flag which was never funny and never will be. The then president of the National Puerto Rican Coalition, Manuel Mirabal, called the show out for its offense and said that such an insult is unacceptable. "It is unacceptable that the Puerto Rican flag be used by Seinfeld as a stage prop under any circumstances," reported NYT.
We’ve been watching SEINFELD & I did NOT remember this ep “The Chinese Woman.”— 🥞Sacrilicious🥞 (@sharjem) April 10, 2019
It is super offensive - like, hard to believe it was on TV level offensive. From start to finish, pretty much.
In addition to that, there were times when the show is sexist and homophobic as well, hating on same-gender relationships. Also, Seinfeld isn't the only classic the new generation is hating on. There's also F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ever since F.R.I.E.N.D.S was added to Netflix's collection, the show has received negative feedback from the young generation. Thousands of people have expressed the disappointment they felt after watching the 'overrated' show which has an extremely problematic storyline and is just wrong in so many ways. F.R.I.E.N.D.S, which is one of the most loved comedy series of all time, is getting hate from millennials and they just don't understand the hype around the show.
Friends is sooooo overrated, the jokes just aren’t even funny? Like was a joke actually made or did they just insert a laughing track? And lets not start on all the jokes that are actually blatantly homophobic, transphobic, sexist and the list goes onnnn, it’s trash— Lyuben Dzhugdanov (@lyubendanov) January 31, 2019
Multiple people have pointed out how the show's cast was entirely white, except a woman of color Ross dates in the later seasons of the show. Other than racism, the homophobia in the series is pretty evident as well. Throughout F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Chandler is ashamed of his parents and makes homophobic remarks along with the other main cast of the show. His parents are a 'punchline' in the show which is highly insensitive. Racist and homophobic, F.R.I.E.N.D.S is also sexist in multiple ways. Ross flips out when he sees that his son is playing with a doll. Rachel hires Tag for a job only because of his looks.
friends is an overrated sitcom idk why y'all hype it so much,, the men are sexist and the women are white feminists y'all really stan this 💀— jamieleigh (@mcvements_) February 11, 2017
And then there's fat-shaming and bullying Monica throughout the series. Come to think of it, there are tons of things wrong with the overrated sitcom! Joey is also shamed multiple times in the show for being in touch with his 'feminine' side for buying flowers and wearing makeup. There's also the toxic overprotectiveness of Ross over Rachel which is just wrong. He fires a male nanny because he feels 'uncomfortable' around him as 'males' aren't supposed to do that. Classic sexist Ross. Do you agree that F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Seinfeld are sexist, racist, homophobic and insensitive? The internet surely thinks they are.
im a Millennial who used to love Friends when I was a preteen but not I thinks is way overrated and though I don't think the show as a whole was sexist ross 100% was.— Mercedes // blackswiftie13 (@ImMercedesD) January 14, 2018