People throw around the word “best friend” left and right, but what exactly defines a “ride or die homie”? I know what it means for me. Now that I’m getting older (there is proof of this because I recently purchased an under eye cream), I now understand the basic elements that make a great friend. I’ve been in plenty of the classic type of friendships: the frenemies, the one-sided friendships, the “let’s hangout” but never do friends, the friend that will drop you the minute “man pleasure” is on the table. So tons…
To the late night chats! To the drunken messy nights! To the silence that is not awkward! To the no judgement eating sessions! To call them out on their shit! To telling them how they really look in that outfit…it’s all cuz we’re homies.
Me and my lady friend (the co-founder of The BBB) have gone through a lot, we don’t like to label anything but we’ve declared our bestie love…Even more so cuz I left the state and broke up our shared duplex family. But proximity isn’t the only thing needed to be friends.
I have taken 4 famous BFFs to really articulate what it means to be a best friend…
1. Cory Mathews and Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
These two have the classic element of “balance”. Cory was a super anxious “good guy”, whereas Shawn was the kinda orphan “bad boy.” He wore a flannel around the waist like a juvenile boss. The best part of their friendship for me was that Cory always was family to Shawn. Shawn later had hottie Matthew Lawrence, but still Cory and Shawn were hermanos.
2. Illana and Abby (Broad City)
I’m obsessed with this show. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll find all the episodes and devour them. Illana and Abby give a refreshing look at female friendships for folks in their 20’s. Illana is a bit of the crazy impulsive one, whereas Abby is the more practical “responsible” one. All in all they have each others back and really champion one another. I think a hazardous thing in “friendships” is competitiveness. Why is it so difficult to support one another??
3. Daria and Jane
What I love about this duo is their “keeping it real” delivery coated in large amounts of sarcasm. This is the only language I’m really fluent in, not so much English and even less Spanish. I feel that together their power only increases, I feel as though this is the same feeling folks get when Marb$ and I are in the same place at the same time. Our power together delivers tons of bitch face and sassy comments when you say something stupid.
4. Liz Parker and Maria DeLuca (Roswell)
In the “courting” years, Marb$ and I discovered that we were the same 8th grade dorks that were obsessed with Roswell. I should have known from that moment we were gonna be hetero life partners. When I was a middle schooler, Liz and Maria were not only the epitome of besties, but they were fashion icons for the time (1999-ish)! I want to rock a choker!! But I’ll look like I’m dying. The element of their relationship I always loved was their need to always spill secrets to one another. I mean they held the epic secret of ALIENS. If you have a secret…isn’t it fun to tell your bestie? Especially boy drama.