Barney be gay

Neil Patrick Harris has outed himself.

For a while, when this happened, folks would say “how can we take x-and-x seriously in his romantic roles now that we know he’s gay. And besides, the gay ‘lifestyle’ will give him no insight into real love.” Harris is currently doing a brilliant turn on How I Met Your Mother as Barney, the nattily-dressed urban professional who spends his life using deceptive practices to make sexual conquests in bars, going to extreme measures to make sure thatno personal entanglements ensue. Somehow, I don’t see the gay-uncomfortable folks saying that he’s got no insight into that lifestyle.

(The timing’s good; coming close on the heels of another coming out which was met largely with shrugs, this is likely not to have much more impact than that. Of course, the real question is not whether it will cost either of the actors their seats on their current successful shows; that’s not the world of today. It’s more about how people will consider them when casting for their next role.)

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Published in: on November 4, 2006 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

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