Netflix’s ‘Friends From College’ Is More Like “Friends From Hell”
Ezinne Ukoha
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Ezinne Ukoha, you somehow (again) articulated every thought (I couldn’t) in my head after watching the first five minutes of this privileged televised orgy. I felt more racist, classist and narcissistic just looking at it. I couldn’t stomach it after the “testicle grabbing” scene — which was offensively forced and the only real intent seemed to be to rub elitist and carefree behavior in our faces. Unless you’re an attractive, thin, white (or a tokenized minority who passionately believes they’re white), well-off, highly-educated urbanite (very small percentage of the population), this show is not even remotely close to your reality. But even among the white privilege fantasy shows (think Friends and How I Met Your Mother), there was — like you said — zero chemistry among the cast and crappy writing. This show was a lose-lose.

I was also particularly disappointed in Keegan-Michael Key for taking this role. He’s been accused of being nothing more than an white urban liberal elitist who just happens to be half-black (i.e. not real black). I know this is just a role, but even agreeing to take on something so ridiculously and comically — for lack of a better term — white — says a lot about him.