We’ve all been there. You’ve got a friend. You have a blast with them-always laughing, joking. No pressure. Just friends. Or so you thinking. Next thing you know, feelings start to creep in. Either you or your friend catch feelings. Now comes the dilemma-do I share these feelings? Do I keep them bottled up? Will it ruin the friendship? Do they feel the same way?
MTV to the rescue. MTV has introduced a show called “The Friendzone.” It chronicles the friendships of people who are stuck in the friendzone. They show the two interacting and interview both friends. Johnny is in love with Mary. Mary has no idea. Johnny tells Mary that he is going on a blind date and needs a “wing man” to help him get ready and make sure that he is prepared for the blind date. Little does Mary know, her friend is about to reveal his true feelings for her.
In theory, this show is brilliant. There is nothing more beautiful than when two friends become lovers and everything works out. It’s like a fairy tale. They are already best friends and know everything about one another. Why shouldn’t they be in love? And sometimes this is how the story goes. Johnny reveals his feelings and invite Mary on the date that he led her to believe was for a bland date. They kiss. They live happily ever after. MTV shows a follow-up interview with the happy couple a month later and they are blissfully in love.
However, this is not how it always works. Sometimes Mary doesn’t return Johnny’s feelings. Sometimes Mary just wants to stay friends. Sometimes Mary is upset with Johnny for bringing her on television to reveal such a huge secret. She feels hurt. She feels betrayed. The lies about the blind date have her confused and angry. She feels stupid and does not want to go on the date with Johnny. In these cases I feel so bad for Johnny. He wanted to do something romantic for the girl of his dreams, and he gets shot down. It is so sad! And often, when the feelings are not reciprocated, the friends no longer hang out at the “one month later” MTV update interview.
I am not sure what my thoughts are. I think it is really romantic that these people have such strong feelings for their best friend, but I understand how starting a relationship based on a lie (being a wingman on a bland date) would not be ideal, and it is very possible that you could be putting your best friend in an awkward, embarrassing position on national television.
What are your thoughts? Have you see “The Friendzone?” Have you been in the friendzone in real life? How would YOU react if your friend revealed their love for you on MTV?