Why You Should Be Watching Queer Eye On Netflix
If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love reality television. When I say that, I’m not referring to Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, or Keeping Up With The Kardashians (okay yes maybe I do but that’s besides the point). I absolutely love DIY and lifestyle reality television.
Give me Say Yes to the Dress and What Not to Wear. Give me Cutthroat Kitchen or Top Chef. Give me Property Brothers or Fixer Upper. Most importantly, give me Queer Eye.
If you’ve been on Netflix at all within the past month, you may have noticed advertisements for it’s new original series, Queer Eye. Based upon the early 00’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the show focuses on five gay men helping one straight man turn his life around. The show takes place in Georgia, with the main HQ being located in Atlanta.
The remake has each male having a specialty in the remaking of another man’s life. The Fab Five consists of Bobby Berk, who remakes rooms within houses. Antoni Porowski who has a love for tasty food, Jonathan Van Ness who can change anyone’s bad grooming for the better. Tan France who is a fashionista. And Karamo Brown who focuses on change the male’s culture.
Each featured man of the episode gets advice on a certain aspect of their life. Bobby will redesign a living space, usually to elevate the space and make it more useful for life. Antoni helps create easy recipes that can impress friends and family. Jonathan provides easy grooming techniques that add moments of self-care to a busy man’s life. Tan helps segue clothing choices from just gym shorts and tee-shirts to polos and khakis. Finally, Karamo helps the men gain confidence and educates them on topics they may need more information about, just to name a few of their specialties.
However, the show is more than just a makeover. It focuses on topics such as the church and homosexuality, body diversity, and being a gay black man in the public eye. The show has a much deeper impact than just being a show about gay men giving makeovers. It allows a safe and productive environment to learn more not only about yourself, but others. It challenges what it means to be a man in 2018, whether you be gay or straight, married or single.
As they said in the pilot episode, the show is about fighting for acceptance. Acceptance of yourself, acceptance of your friends, acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
Queer Eye, season 1 is now available on Netflix.