tell the party that’s interested in narratives about close male friendships that dare to redefine masculinity by bravely allowing two men to become intimate as they never have before without their dicks touching to check out any and all of the following narratives:
I Love You Man, Boston Legal, The Odd Couple, House MD, Boy Meets World, Psych, Scrubs, Lethal Weapon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Wayne’s World, Toy Story, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, literally any Edgar Wright film, Top Gun, Step Brothers, Hawaii Five-0 (the reboot and the original), Supernatural, White Collar, every Sherlock Holmes story ever depicted, Due South, Californication (they even share a Not Gay kiss in this one!!! progressive and cool!!!), The Shawshank Redemption, Batman and Robin, Superbad, and when they’ve exhausted these, call me back and I’ll certainly be waiting with more!!!!!
it’s just so unfortunate that so many nuanced narratives about the delicate bond between male friends are sullied by people trying to make it gay. not that we’re homophobic, or anything. but masculinity is very fragile, and we just want to show how many boundaries it’s capable of pushing as long as both parties are staunchly heterosexual. nothing threatens masculinity like a dick in the mouth, that’s for sure, so let’s make sure it’s only heavily suggested subtextually before pairing both heroes off with substantially less interesting and less complex women whose entire existence as characters is dependent upon their relationships with these men
then maybe ask your friend to please list 5 mainstream narratives that include a homosexual relationship at its center, not including Brokeback Mountain. give them a prize if they can manage to name 3.
but yeah. frustrating. why does everything have to be gay?