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Politician Defends 'Friends' Over Millennial Backlash—Claims We're Becoming More 'Puritanical'

Politician Defends 'Friends' Over Millennial Backlash—Claims We're Becoming More 'Puritanical'
4 months ago

For those who don't know, Friends, the hit TV show that began airing in 1994 and ran for a decade, is now streaming on Netflix. This has caused a whole new generation of fans to watch.

But for many, the show doesn't square with modern attitudes...

And soon, a politician from the Tory Party in the British Parliament, one of Britain's conservative parties, named Kemi Badenoch, decided to chime in on the controversy.

She said in an interview with Politics Home published last Thursday...

"When I look at a lot of the stuff that you see on social media about how – I think it’s a generational thing as well – younger people look at appropriate behaviours and what is a sexual advance, what is sexual harassment and so on; to me, it’s actually becoming a lot more puritanical than anything I ever saw in my 20s or in my teens.In the papers they were talking about how Friends is now sort of really homophobic, transphobic and so on. That, for me, is a very, very – it’s actually a puritanical position which I think of as conservative. So, you can’t really put your finger on what is what these days.
Friends was the biggest television series of all time. Everybody loved it, it was syndicated all around the world. The idea that in a few years people are talking about it as if it’s this horrific series, for me that just doesn’t compute, something has gone wrong somewhere."

So she is arguing that people are actually more conservative these days because they're 'puritanical' about inclusiveness and that puritanism is inherently conservative?


MP Kemi Badenoch is seen by many as a future Tory Party leader, so her words carry weight.

But some weren't sure if this was where she should be planting her flag...

Many had criticism for the Tory party...

And of course, Badenoch herself couldn't resist chiming in, saying...

Which spurred this major criticism...

No matter what Badenoch says, we're sure this controversy will live on.

H/T: Twitter, Politics Home