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Check out how the popularly accepted bro codes were pioneered by a gay American actor

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Almost everyone is familiar with the bro code these days. It entails a set of formerly unspoken but widely regarded as valid rules that should guide friendship etiquettes and dealings among men. The most traceable origin, if you do a thorough research would be of it getting popularized by Barney Stinson, a fictional character off popular American comedy series "how I met your mother". View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Everyone who watched the show (I recommend if you haven't), would agree that Barney Stinson, wingman and self acclaimed best friend of the main character, Ted Mosby, was very easily the most loveable character on the show. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Barney Stinson was majorly known for his knack with successfully getting the most gorgeous women in his sheets. Throughout the length of the series it was revealed he slept with well over 200 women.

On several occasions in the show he references a much sacred bro code, which he constantly chastises (for not) and implores his male buddies to adhere to. As a matter of fact, the phenomena became such a huge hit among viewers that the makers of how I met your mother had to publish a book to cash in on it's marketability and wide acceptance. This proved to be a good decision, seeing as the book sold over a million copies worldwide and attained New York bestseller status.

Barney Stinson alongside Matt Kuhn receive authoritative credit on the book which covers 150 important bro codes, most of which were mentioned in the show.

The audio version is voiced by Neil Patrick Harrison (actor of Barney Stinson). Despite Barney being a chronic womanizer, in real life Neil Patrick is actually gay and is married with two adoptive kids. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

The 150 rules mentioned in the book, likewise Barney Stinson's character, depending on how you look at it is not actually celebrating "brotitude". Instead it is taking subtle satirical jabs at the toxic and self sabotaging standards that heterosexual men blindly subject themselves to.

This has factual backing, as Barney Stinson's character gets one of the most tragic endings in the show after having a long, confident and carefree run. Despite his luck with women, at the end, he is unlucky with actual true love and comes to face reality in a hard way after having a child out of wedlock.

Source: opera.com
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