Many nostalgic series are getting reboots on Netflix these days. TV series like One Day At a Time, Fuller House, and even The Magic School Bus got their reboots the past year or so. These particular shows received such high ratings that audiences all across the nation were still asking for more episodes. Netflix’s newest surprise is a reboot of Bravo’s popular series Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.
Queer Eye For the Straight Guy (now shortened to Queer Eye) was a reality series starring five gay men who are experts in the field of fashion, personal grooming, style, interior design, and even culture. These men are known as the ‘Fab Five’, being the most FABULOUS group of men helping people in the city of New York. The ‘Fab Five’ consisted of food and wine connoisseur Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas as the ‘grooming guru’, Thom Filicia as ‘design doctor’, Carson Kressley as the ‘fashion savant’, and Jai Rodriguez as the ‘culture vulture’. Each episode takes viewers into a new person that the ‘Fab Five’ must work with for the episode.
Over a decade after being cancelled on Bravo and the series is now rebooted for Netflix. The new ‘Fab Five’ cast features design expert Bobby Berk, food expert Antoni Porowski, grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown as the culture expert, and fashion expert Tan France. They work together in their shared office in Atlanta, Georgia to brainstorm a winning strategy to help make people’s lives better. It follows a similar storyline from the former series – five gay men work together with a straight/gay man or women on transforming their lives for the better. Only difference is that the rebooted series focuses more on transforming the participant’s inner-self rather than just their outer-self.
Times may have changed since Queer Eye For the Straight Guy aired on Bravo, but there’s still many hurdles many gay men face in the 21st century. There are still many men and women of the LGBTQ community who face backlash over their identity. One of the opening lines of the series premiere is ‘our original show was fighting the tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.’
What makes the show more interesting is the setting changed from New York City over to Atlanta, Georgia. The South is known for its conservative viewpoints towards the LGBTQ community and Queer Eye shined a beacon of light on what acceptance truly means. Their fight was for ACCEPTANCE of the LGBTQ community, not tolerance.
It’s shows like Queer Eye that shifts the public policy to the point where the LGBTQ community becomes more acceptable in our social world. Think about this — gay marriage wasn’t even LEGAL when the show first premiered on Bravo. It took YEARS of fighting and protests and discussions for that acceptance to happen. And yet, even with all the PR miracles happening with the community, there is STILL work to be done.
This Queer Eye reboot is a nationwide message that the fight for ACCEPTANCE is still going on. Even in the digital world where social media continues to bridge more gaps each year, many people still face discrimination over their sexual identity. But even when times seem bleak, the new ‘Fab Five’ have become the new role models that are helping people find their true selves. It’s not just the participants that receiving the help, but the audiences THEMSELVES are getting help from the positive messages in the show.
With that, Queer Eye continues the fight to help people everywhere be comfortable with their true identity. It’s up to Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Tan, and Karamo to help more members of the LGBTQ community.
If you’re looking for another amazing reboot to watch, Queer Eye is definitely worth checking out.