by T. Mack
In a time filled with so much division, who could imagine that a show featuring five gay men doing makeovers could help create unity? Well, Netflix, of course!
Queer Eye is a reboot of the 2003 series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The premise of the reality series originally saw 5 gay men (The Fab 5) giving straight men makeovers and advise on grooming, fashion, interior design, food, and culture. The NEW Fab 5 do the same thing the old crew did, except in their words, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.”The shortened title means that the show’s premise has opened up and allowed this Fab 5 to step up and help not just straight men, but anyone who may need their services. So far they’ve helped at least two gay men, one transgender man, and even a woman. The show’s premise is simple while being quite complex as well. On other makeover shows, a person looks one way and is given a haircut, new clothes, and possibly make-up to make them look better. Here, the guys address those things but much more. Each of the Fab 5 have a different specialty and each tries to address more than just what can be seen on the outside.
Tan doesn’t just dress people better. He tries to find out who they are and what it is they want others to see in them. Then he helps them dress so they can see it in themselves and show it to others as well. Jonathan does more than give people haircuts and facials. He teaches the importance of self-care. Bobby transforms their spaces to meet their needs in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Karamo helps people find their confidence in the areas they need it most, which is different for everyone. Antoni shows people how important it is to care for themselves and those they love through putting thought into what they put into their bodies.
Even with all that going on, though, Queer Eye isn’t just about makeovers. It’s really a show that’s set up to bring the Fab 5 together with people who would normally be far outside their own circle, and who would typically have no contact with people like them. By connecting all these different people, the show lets them find common ground and allows the stars, the participants, and the audience to be part of the conversation about acceptance and bridging the gap between people who may not understand each other. From Karamo’s heart-to-heart with a police officer to Bobby connecting to Christians to Tan trying to understand the transgender experience, the show features people opening up to each other, talking and listening to other perspectives, and love winning over misunderstanding or hate.
Because of this, Queer Eye is so much more than a makeover show. It’s a platform for acceptance and love. It’s a shining beacon in the darkness that our country is currently wading through. It’s hope that those of us on different sides of issues, perspectives, and opinions, can come together, sit down, talk, listen, and love. Queer Eye is an example for all of us to look at and be reminded of how we’re supposed to behave when we encounter those who are different from us and believe differently than we do. Queer Eye is an important tool in the fight for acceptance, equality, humanity, and basic human decency. It’s also a really good makeover show. I highly recommend it.
RATING: 4.5 SHEILDS
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