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Looking at the World Through a New (Queer) Eye
TV Critic Morgana Chess gives her point of view on Netflix's reboot of the makeover show Queer Eye
Netflix’s Queer Eye is everything that the world needs right now. It is a glitzy, fabulous bundle of joy that somehow manages to avoid being sickeningly sweet and instead provides the perfect dose of fuzzy and feel-good. The concept is simple: a group of five gay men (dubbed the ‘Fab 5’) give a life makeover to a hapless straight guy, who is somehow stuck in a rut and lacking in self-confidence. This group of considerably more fashionable homosexuals offer life advice ranging from grooming tips to interior design, and impart their sparkly, effeminate wisdom to a straight man who is, of course, incapable of dressing himself. At least, these are the more simplistic stereotypes that were played out in the original noughties show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
“The 2018 release confronts stereotypes and prejudices
Prepare to fall in love with the Fab 5, who each have a specialty on which they advise: first we have Antoni, the food-and-wine guy with a charming smile and a taste for guacamole; then Tan, the stylist, who recoils at the sight of cargo shorts at least once an episode whilst extolling the virtues of a good slim-fit chino; Bobby covers interior design, and provides us with hugely satisfying house makeover scenes; then there’s Jonathan, who is almost beyond explanation, as the glamour princess of the group with sass and hair flicks galore; and finally Karamo, the group’s lifestyle coach with ridiculous cheekbones, who develops a signature move in the form of a long car journey to talk through serious issues.
“The viewer can physically see prejudices on both sides breaking down and that’s part of what makes the show such a cathartic pleasure to watch