Are you in need of a Queer Eye?
The Netflix revival of the concept of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has been an undeniable hit. While it’s perhaps surprising that it’s been so successful, without doubt the show that has become a cultural phenomenon, and its five stars – five queer guys – have become household names.
The cast of the show is undoubtedly one of its strengths – they’re watchable, engaging, and they bring some real personality to each episode.
The re-booted cast is:
- Karamo Brown who is in charge of Culture
- Tan France who is in charge of Fashion
- Antoni Porowski who is in charge of Food and Wine
- Jonathan Van Ness who is in charge of Grooming
- Bobby Berk who is in charge of Interior Design
The format itself is tried and tested – it’s classic make-over territory, a genre that the original Queer Eye team helped define.
One of the key moments in each show is where the people being made-over realise that queer guys are fantastic. It’s not just the cliche that queer men know how to match a tie to a shirt, or can bring a room to life with a couple of throw-cushions and some scented candles. Queer men are funny, wise, insightful, political, loyal, loving, and we make great friends.
Obviously, this kind of revelation isn’t news to the LGBTQ community, but we’re not really the target audience of this show. But if you’re someone who hasn’t experienced the joy of hanging out with queer guys on a day-to-day basis, it’s awesome that you’re getting to vicariously live out those friendships through the guys on Queer Eye. If you don’t have close friends who are queer, maybe spending an episode with the Fab 5 is a surrogate for that – a chance to experience a bit of the magic that queer men are capable of.
While I do get a bit frustrated when Antoni slices an avocado and pretends that he’s cooking, or when Antoni asks someone - ”Have you heard of a cocktail called Sangria?” Karamo, Tan, Antoni, Jonathan, and Bobby are great ambassadors for queer men around the world, they’re great role models for us all to look up to, and they’re showing the world why queer men are fabulous.