This entry was posted on January 28, 2013, in By Me, HIMYM, HIMYM quotes, How I Met Your Mother, Musings, plus size, plus size issues, plus size relationships, plus size TV, plus size women, Quotes, Strong Words, TV and tagged Barney, fake relationship, fans unhappy with HIMYM, fat jokes HIMYM, fat people on HIMYM, HIMYM, HIMYM continuity errors, HIMYM inconsistencies, How I Met Your Mother, making fun of fat people, over-correction, Patrice, plus size issues, sucks about HIMYM. I covered this in my first in-depth HIMYM post, titled Here’s what it comes down to: Barney would NEVER date Patrice seriously. Beyond that, there is NO possible way that Ted, Lily, and Marshall would have actually believed that he was actually involved with Patrice.
I have my issues with the show, though, and my main annoyance continues to be the metric ton of fat jokes that they’ve put out over the seasons.
And if he won’t even “get up on” a fatty, can you really imagine him dating – or marrying – one?! Barney’s abhorrence of fat women is so well-known that those two quotes are presented on some fan sites as contradictory errors in continuity.
A later episode prompted even more confusion – season 5, episode 23 “The Wedding Bride”.
At the end of this episode, we see a visual representation of the emotional baggage that people carry around with them.
He might act nice to her, or maybe even like her in a platonic way, but we all know that Barney regards “fatties” as permanent manatees (see S6E11 “The Mermaid Theory”).
It is insulting to expect fans to buy this idea, even for one episode, given Barney’s well-documented distate for overweight people.
This Patrice plot would have perhaps been clever, or at least plausible, if not for the show’s history of hating on fat people.
Barney’s denigration of fat people is an established character trait that he would not stray from.
This episode was contrived to give Robin a chance to doubt his intentions, and seem crazy for doing it, and then the farce continues out until Robin’s jealousy makes her realize her true feelings for Barney. Let’s jump back to just last season, when Barney forces all of his friends to swear a “broath” on the Bro Code (his personal equivalent to the Bible).
Robin is eventually given an intervention for her involvement in Barney and Patrice’s “relationship”, but she was in the right the whole time. He makes each of them promise not to interfere with his life, UNLESS: In “The Over-Correction” it is clear that Ted, Lily, and Marshall are in direct violation of their sworn upon broath to Barney, because they didn’t attempt to interfere with the most heinous of scenarios: Barney hooking up with an overweight woman.
The broath that Barney drafted clearly shows that getting “up on a fatty” is on the same level as a potential threat to his health and/or our national security.
Hooking up with a fat chick is, to Barney, as taboo as contracting an STD or banging a terrorist.