What Bromance means to me
So recently Shawn and I had an interview with the BBC asking about what bromance is. Over the course of the segment there were other “couples” and we all gave our impressions on what bromance meant to us. In a way this helped to clarify, for me at least, what I think a bromance means.
So my first encounter with the word came from the show Scrubs. The relationship between JD and Turk was more than a friendship, it was a brotherhood. And while it was comically played up that there was a sexual tension you could tell it was completely platonic. So for me that is what it is, a friendship beyond what you would think would be a friendship between men.
In all honesty I didn’t think what I had with Shawn counted as a bromance. We hung out sure, we made each other laugh of course, it was my wife that called it what it is. That is when i thought about it, does that mean we act like a gay couple? Of course it doesn’t, sure I may joke about snuggling with my baby under a starry sky, but that illustrates how we act.
I guess what I was asking myself in a way is that is this normal? Am I part of some anomaly that bears investigative work to see what psychosis is driving my close friendship? Am I going to be a part of a vice segment about looking behind the curtain on weird relationships? Is the behavior I exhibit with my best friend normal by most standards? To answer that I would say “who the fuck cares”. I don’t need to define myself to any standard and I don’t think it is odd at all. I have a close friendship and that is where our sense of humor goes. Simple as that.
So if I am asked what a bromance is the answer is clear for me. It is a friendship two guys have that is almost a relationship. It is a brotherhood that two guys have that can be defined as a relationship with clothes on. But (and I think Shawn would agree with me) I have to say that I am definitely the butch.
Richard is the other half of the bromance team and is the self-confessed geek of the duo. Whether it is pontificating on the merits of Star Wars or going on a rant about why Batman is so much better than Superman he loves to flex that muscle. With Shawn he takes to the mic and hopes that he isn’t awkward enough for you to stop listening.
About Language of Bromance
Together Richard and Shawn formed the podcast The Language of Bromance and from there it has been nothing but fun. The duo laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing net neutrality along with other issues. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter rivalry with their nerdiest creation the draft episodes. An original take on a best of or a top 10 list. The draft episodes are done like an NFL Draft 7 rounds where Richard and Shawn flip-flop picks on various topics.
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