Review: Queer Eye // Netflix Original
I'm going to be the first one to admit that I'm a little late to the punch on this one, but in my defense I only just discovered this show through a recommendation of a friend yesterday, and I figured hey - better late than never. Now I already know what some of you may be thinking, "Oh great, a reality T.V. show that follows the lives of five queer men," so let me assure you that Queer Eye is not a gay reality show - although I'd be down for watching one of those too. Queer Eye is actually an original Netflix show featuring five queer men referred to as the Fab 5, each of whom specializes in a unique lifestyle category including interior design, culture, food/drink, grooming, and fashion. The Fab 5 take their super skills around the nation to help (usually) middle aged, straight men rearrange their lifestyles to help them regain confidence in themselves, and possibly even revitalize their love lives. Are you intrigued yet?
Now, I'm only a few episodes into Season 1 so who knows what's to come, but I can already feel myself approaching the edge of a binge-worthy free fall off a cliff into this show. We all know that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of misconceptions, stigmas, and stereotypes regarding the LGBTQ+ community, and especially regarding gay men. While I feel that it is important to address these assumptions I feel that this is not the most appropriate place to do so seeing as the post would most likely go on forever. However, what I love about Queer Eye is that like the colors of the Pride Flag each member of the Fab 5 falls within a spectrum of personalities challenging the misconception that all gay men are exactly the same. I mean really - do we expect all straight people to be exactly the same? In addition, I love how the show takes an approach of taking some of the focus off of the fact that the cast members are gay, and rather placing that attention on the fact that they're simply humans who love helping other humans. I also appreciate that although the focus isn't 100% on the sexualities of the Fab 5, the show still takes the time to occasionally address harmful homosexual stereotypes, such as how it's expected for one partner in a homosexual relationship to be more feminine than the other.
All in all, I'm new to the series but thanks to the quirky cast, wholesome messages, and revitalizing portrayal of normalcy within homosexual men I'm already falling in love with this show, and I think you will be too.