When it hasn’t been your day, month or even your year why not protest in Rabin Square?
With tempers ablaze and homemade signs held high, around a hundred young Israelis did just that on Saturday night outside Tel Aviv City Hall.
Were they protesting racism, soaring housing costs or the rabbinate? No, these protestors dared to go against the grain and stand up for Ross Geller from the iconic TV show Friends.
Amir Barkol, the originator of the protest, told The Jerusalem Post that what began as a joke on the satirical news Facebook page Am;lek (עמ;לק) – a play on tl;dr in Hebrew – took on a life of its own with hundreds of thousands of reactions and followers on social media.
“You hear about all those important protests and it made me think why can’t we protest about less important things?” Barkol told the Post. “I didn’t have a clue that it would become such a big thing. It was just a joke.”
According to these valiant folks, Ross was treated badly by his girlfriend Rachel Green in the episode titled “The One With The Morning After,” in which Ross cheats on Rachel.
Or did he? The story goes that Ross and Rachel, one of TV’s greatest couples of all time, were on a break when Ross “cheated” on her. So how could she be angry with him?
With chants of “Rachel, Rachel be ashamed, he came out of it unscathed!” and “One, two, three, four – they were on a break!” (trust us, it rhymes in Hebrew), the protesters made their stance on the subject clear.
“This is a demonstration for freedom. For the sons of Israel, who left Egypt, to watch Friends, and find out that Rachel is angry with Ross because he was with somebody else, while they were on a break!” one of the protestors said in a radio interview on Galgalatz.
Adi, an admin from the Am;lek Facebook group, told the radio show, “I can’t believe people actually came here. They should go home. There’s nothing to do here, really, this isn’t really a demonstration. It was a joke.”
What’s next for the protestors? Amir Barkol intends to keep tackling the big issues, telling the Post, “Hmm, Chandler was always my favorite. Maybe we should do a protest so Monica won’t be so hard on him. He’s a good man and he loves her, although he can be an idiot from time to time.”
These Tel Avivians prove that a friend in need of a protest is a friend indeed.