make strange bedfellows

make strange bedfellows

Of a pair of people, things, or groups, to be connected in a certain situation or activity but to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, ideologies, lifestyles, behaviors, etc. A notorious playboy musician and an ultra-conservative media pundit may make strange bedfellows, but the two are coming together all this month to bring a spotlight to suicide awareness. I thought that the two writers would make strange bedfellows, given the drastically different nature of their writing, but their books actually have a lot of parallels in terms of themes and constructs.
See also: bedfellow, make, strange

be/make strange ˈbedfellows

be two very different people or things that you would not expect to find together: Art and rugby may seem strange bedfellows, but the local rugby club donated £5 000 to help fund an art exhibition.
A bedfellow is a person who shares a bed with somebody else.
See also: bedfellow, make, strange
References in periodicals archive ?
Red Sox fanatic Jimmy Fallon and workaholic Drew Barrymore make strange bedfellows in ``Fever Pitch.
At first glance, Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Fats Waller make strange bedfellows.
While science critics might have consumers believe the words biotechnology, sustainability, environment and industry together make strange bedfellows, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) shares with manufacturers and consumers information that shows the worlds can commingle.
Ashton Kutcher, left, and Bernie Mac make strange bedfellows in ``Guess Who,'' a comic remake of ``Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'' that reverses the races.
Creativity and insurance may make strange bedfellows, but not at HCP and its affiliate, Healthcare Plus.
They say politics make strange bedfellows, but the publishing business can create odd couplings as well.