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‘Friends’ creator says show’s trasphobic jokes wouldn’t fly by today’s standards

I think we didn’t have the knowledge about transgender people back then, so I’m not sure if we use the appropriate terms.

I don’t know if I would have known those terms back then. I think that’s the biggest one.

I might have not done the hermaphrodite stuff today if I had that to do over in the one with Brad Pitt.”— Friends creator Marta Kauffman speaking to USA Today about the legacy of the ’90s TV staple. Many have pointed out that some storylines did not age well. In particular, Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) father is portrayed by Kathleen Turner as a transgender woman with a show called Viva Las Gaygas. In another episode, guest star Bratt Pitt’s character is revealed to have started a rumor in high school that Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is a hermaphrodite.