I’ve seen the poster on Netflix as part of the “Trending Now” shows carousel. I was curious but to be honest, I wasn’t all that into it. The original show was quite an innovator but I had some reservations with some of the hosts. I was afraid it was going to be a bad copy of the original so I ignored it for a while. However, my curiousity got the best of me and decided to take the plunge.
It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was a show I didn’t even know that I needed.
I love how they dropped the “for the straight guy” from the original title. It seems though that that’s not the only thing they’ve dropped. Not for me to explain though – that’s Netflix’s job and maybe TMZ. I digress…Off the bat, I love how they took out that phrase from the title. It just opens them up to even more possibilities, which I did see in the season. They were able to make over a gay guy and quashed myths about gay people being so artistic and put together and creative.
While the classic Queer Eye was groundbreaking, it pretty much was just showing interaction between homos and heteros. The main goal then was to show that gays and straights can interact without any hostility and they can be good friends. The centre of the show though was just about the makeover.
Granted, this show is also about the makeover and transformation. But, it also talks about the deeper issues – religion, race, self confidence and being honest with your relationships and yourself.
In the original, I had it in for some of the hosts. A couple of them, who shall remain nameless, made me roll my eyes so hard it gave me eyestrain. I was worried that it would be the same with this group. Surprisingly, I love each and every one of them.
Antoni, Ben, Tan, Bobby and Jonathan are a beautiful mix of gay men. Yes, they are the experts but they did not allow themselves to be spared from backstories. They opened themselves up to the viewers with their own personal struggles. I personally am in love with Jonathan. He is such a sassy queen!! I love how he flirts with every single guy to make them feel sexy and confident! He is clearly the star of the show.
The deeper end
There are a lot of criticisms going on about the show. There’s the obvious consumerism that always comes with any makeover show but there is also the fact that they are now in Georgia, a conservative state. While it may be a bit of a gamble, I think it worked very well to set it there where all the conservative men are.
This 2.0 version is sincerely into helping these men out – not just with their looks and homes but also to face emotional issues. They’re investing just as much with the clothes they wear (Yes, Tan – you are the goddess of that empire) but also with the feelings they should be putting on their sleeves. They’re breaking down the walls of unrealistic masculinity, showing these men (gay or not) that it’s okay to cry, to love, to be vulnerable and be afraid. As a mother of two boys, this is such a gift.
Queer Eye is on Netflix. They only have 1 short season with 8 episodes and no talk on the second season yet. Binge watch it.