Are you tired of thinking? Do you want your heart to be warmed? Do you want to spend your entire weekend in bed binge-watching Netflix? If any of these are the case (even if they aren’t), you should watch the new Netflix series “Queer Eye,” a reboot of the cult favorite “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” aired from 2003-2007 and featured five gay guys, (the Fab Five), each with their own specialty: Carson Kressley (fashion), Thom Filicia (design), Kyan Douglas (hair and cosmetics), Ted Allen (food), and Jai Rodriguez (culture). Each episode focused on a new straight man who was elected by his friends or family. The Fab Five would burst into the man’s home, tear apart his wardrobe, house and etiquette, and then whisk the man away to be transformed. The episodes end in a surprisingly handsome new man, a beautiful new house or apartment, and a successful date or party hosted by the straight guy.
The “Queer Eye” reboot follows this same pattern, but amplified by tenfold. This time, the transformations are less cheesy than the early 2000s taste, and fitting more with modern times. The social breakthroughs the straight men have are that much more touching. The new gay guys are Jonathan Van Ness (hair and cosmetics), Tan France (fashion), Bobby Berk (design), Antoni Porowski (food), and Karamo Brown (culture).
“Queer Eye” has some new developments that differ from its predecessor; The “Queer Eye” guys madeover a gay man, and helped him come out to his family. “Queer Eye” also tackled cultural barriers. The show takes place in Georgia, where many of the straight guys are conservative. In one episode, while Karamo, a black man, is driving, the group gets pulled over by a cop. While the cop quickly reveals himself to be the best friend and person who nominated the episode’s straight guy, Karamo’s and Tan’s (the two people of color in the group) body language quickly shifts, and is changed for the rest of the episode. Later in the episode, Karamo addresses the cop friend, and they discuss the struggles of people of color and cops in today’s social climate.
As they say in the show’s trailer: “The original show was about fighting for tolerance, our show is about fighting for acceptance.”