PARIS — Actress Jennifer Aniston was promoting her new Netflix comedy “Murder Mystery 2” this week in France, where the movie is set, but also reflecting on how comics have evolved over the years.
“Comedies have evolved and movies have evolved,” Aniston told French media. Agence France-Media. “Maintenant, it’s a difficile thing that you don’t have to be a prudent person, because it’s a bad idea for comedians, because the beauty of comedies is what they say, what they say from life. »
Best known as Rachel Green in the 1990s, Aniston starred in the comedy Friends and has starred in a number of comedies since then, including Murder and We the Millers, the Office franchise. . Christmas Party”, “Just Go” and “Horrible Bosses”.
However, she said that more modern comedy is different from the one she had early in her career.
Aniston has said in the past, “You could joke about the bigot and laugh,[and]it was hysterical. And it was about educating people about how ridiculous people are. Now, we don’t have the right to do that.”
The actress also said that the comedy’s evolution over the years has led to criticism of “Friends” in particular, despite its run of ten consecutive seasons from 1994 to 2004.
“There’s a whole generation of kids now who go back to episodes of ‘Friends’ and find it offensive,” Aniston said. “There were some things that weren’t intended and some… Well, we should have thought about that, but I don’t think there is a sensitivity like there is now.”
“Friends,” which features six people, all white, has come under fire in recent years for the show’s lack of diversity.
Marta Kauffman, one of the show’s co-creators, opened up about these criticisms in a June 2022 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“I’ve learned a lot over the past 20 years,” Kaufman said. Los Angeles Times. “Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It hurts to look in the mirror. I feel embarrassed because I didn’t know anything better 25 years ago.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that last year Kaufman pledged $4 million to Brandeis University, his alma mater, to support the school’s African and American studies departments.