You may remember back in the early s, a little show called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy launched itself into the collective public psyche. Discrimination, hate speech, and judgements still exist, but back then being gay was still very much seen as being 'other' - separate from the rest of society and living a lifestyle was that was often seen as abnormal. The assumption that all gay men had to dress well, act 'feminine,' and flaunt flamboyant personalities was one that dominated popular culture - it's hardly surprising then that Queer Eye decided to use this stereotype and make it a means to point out to straight men just how poor their lifestyles were. The original show ended back in , but this month Netflix added eight new episodes of Queer Eye to their catalogue of TV shows and movies. There's a new Fab Five to steer the clueless and often straight men in the right direction, but the general concept of the show remains the same. The five guys - experts in all things fashion, food, grooming, design, and culture - meet one different man every week.
Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia are back. They're fighting the ubiquity of American homes across the country, transforming two very different spaces each episode with authenticity, personality, and an impeccable sense of style. The episodes feature a wonderful diversity of clients, with different styles, budgets, and overall goals. Still, each project is unified under the same general principal—creating spaces that are beautiful and unique—tailoring them specifically to each client.
Back in , it was groundbreaking and controversial at the same time for gays to be on TV, but it was accepted because they kind of stayed in their lane. Karamo Brown : We wanted to have fun and show the brotherhood and love we have for each other. The original show made you feel good and allowed you to have fun — that was very important for us to keep. What was the most challenging aspect of taking on the makeovers of straight guys in Georgia? Jonathan Van Ness : One thing for me that was challenging was just breaking through the idea of what a metrosexual was.
Netflix wants to make America gay again. President George W. Bush even name-checked the show during the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, quipping that the reality stars should come give his Cabinet a makeover.