Ever since Friends landed on Netflix late last year, a whole new generation has been exposed to the seminal sitcom. As such, the world has found itself knee-deep in Nineties nostalgia, reveling in everything from the "Rachel" haircut to the cast's many questionable sartorial choices. What is sure to astound and then infuriate Millennials who are only just tuning in to the show, however, is the fact that the characters, all of whom worked in relatively low-paying jobs, were able to afford that apartment in one of the most expensive cities of the world. I mean, talk about having unrealistic expectations of adulthood...
But as well as bemoaning rental costs in New York, and picking apart the show's many plot-holes, viewers have also taken to social media to discuss certain fan theories, and this one, in particular, caused quite a stir.
Previously, writer and comedian Emily Heller took to Twitter to post a fan theory about everyone's favorite siblings: Monica and Ross. But far from being a uniting force, Emily's theory proved to be divisive, sparking all sorts of arguments across the internet.
"Just realized they HAD to make Monica & Ross brother and sister otherwise all the F•R•I•E•N•D•S would have stuck with Carol in the divorce," she contentiously asserted.
The tweet quickly went viral, garnering over 7,000 retweets and 40,000 likes. And while some agreed with her theory that the entire cast of Friends who have sided with Carol in the divorce, if Ross wasn't related to one of them, others weren't too pleased with Emily's clear dig at Ross.
"Could this be any more true?" one Twitter user wrote, and accompanied it with a GIF of Janice being all "OH MY GAWD", while another added "Exactly! nobody wants to hang out with the sad guy who owns a monkey. Ross sucks."
"I've always felt like Ross wasn't a 'real' friend. Not sure any of them would have hung out with him if he wasn't Monica's brother," a third individual corroborated.
Others, however, remained staunch in their support of Ross. "I meaaaaaan chandler was Ross’s college roommate so they were friends & it had nothing to do w Monica. In fact it’s ross’s fault chandler even ends up in Monica’s building in the first place, which is where Joey comes in. So without Ross there would technically be no 'friends'," a Twitter user asserted, and another added "Yeah this theory doesn’t hold up. Ross is hilarious anyway, funniest one IMO."
One Twitter user went so far as to list all of Ross's redeeming qualities: "I used to find Ross annoying but he really grew on me through the constant rewatching of the show. He is thoughtful (Phoebe's bike!) And his plot lines are often the funniest! See: - His leather pants - The "I hate Rachel club" - The holiday armadillo - Spudnik - His maple candy."
And, of course...
Well, where do you stand? I, personally, have a lot of love for every single character in Friends - I mean, it just wouldn't be the same without any one of them - don't you agree?