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Queer Eye for the Netflix Guy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Secret Category Approaches: Clue #1

ATTENTION ALERT!  We have just received a special message sealed inside a bottle.  The front side is labeled ‘12/15/16 – ????’ and provides no explanation about the date.  The message has been taken out and it reads,

‘An All-Star concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London in memory of Freddie Mercury on April 20th, 1992’.

            So…that was rather interesting.  A Freddie Mercury concert that was held at Wembley Stadium in London.  What does this even mean?  Does this clue hold a real meaning to the secret category?  And what’s the new date have anything to do with it?

Well for starters, let’s back up a bit and discuss what this clue entails.  Freddie Mercury was the lead singer for Queen, a popular rock band that started in the 1970s.  Mercury had a flamboyant stage persona and was considered one of the greatest vocalists of all time.  Some of his most infamous songs he wrote for Queen were Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and other famous hits.

Decades after Queen’s success, Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987.  He made very few appearances on stage after his diagnosis.  His health was slowly deteriorating and died at the age of 45 on November 24th, 1991.  It has been years after his death and Freddie’s work with Queen remains relevant to this day.

After Mercury’s death, thee remaining members of Queen established The Mercury Phoenix Trust in April 1992 as a tribute for him.  These members also organized The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness that took place on April 20th, 1992 (same date that is on the note!).  The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness looked to raise funds for AIDS research in hopes of finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.  It was held on Easter Monday for an audience of 72,000 in London.

The first half provided short sets of Queen’s music from bands that were heavily influenced by their work.  Such bands included Extreme, Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’Roses.  Several video clips honoring Freddie Mercury’s work were shown while roadies changed the stage for certain bands performing.  In the second half of the show, three of the remaining members of Queen (John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor) performed alongside with guest singers and guitarists.  Some of these special guests included Elton John, Seal, Paul Young, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, and many other famous musicians.

And there you have it, that’s the basic info about the clue inside the bottle.  That clue had to do with Freddie Mercury’s tribute concert that happened on April 20th, 1992.  After re-reading the clue a few times, we still don’t know where this is leading us.  What’s the deal with these special dates?  Is there a particular reason why ‘Easter Monday’ was pointed out in the findings?

Music is already one of a few categories on MakeSandcastlesNotWar, so where does that leave us?  Could there be a special sub-category of music in the works?  As far as we know, no new information has been presented to us other than that message in the bottle.  December 15th seems to keep popping up in the riddle since the statements last week.  Only thing we can do now is wait to see what’s in store for us next in the coming weeks!

California’s Pornographic Victory Against Prop 60

Even in the darkest of times, there are always silver linings propping up in every corner.  Our new President isn’t what we had in mind, but we managed to legalize recreational cannabis use in 1/5th of the country.  California became the most recent state on the west coast to legalize cannabis use.  Cannabis has always been part of a counter-culture in the state of California, with the Golden State becoming a safe haven for weed users (more on this special subject next week!).  It seems as though victory has been declared for both cannabis as well as the pornography industry in the state of California.

One other controversial bill that was part of California’s election was Proposition 60, the Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative.  Condoms are already required on adult film shoots by California law, but the rule is rarely enforced.  The proposition would’ve strengthen the rule with private entities taking further action against studios that violate the law.  Voting “Yes” would’ve required the use of condoms and other safety measurements while filming.  This measure also would’ve required producers to pay for certain health requirements/check-ups.  A “no” vote would oppose the measures of Proposition 60.  By a tally of about 53.94%, Californians voted “no” down the controversial proposition.

Before we can dive into more perspectives about Proposition 60, we need to understand California’s liberal history with pornography.  A majority of pornography made in America is in Chatsworth, a neighborhood located northwest of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.  Adult film companies moved their filming location to San Fernando Valley after director Hal Freeman made Caught From Behind II: The Sequel in 1983.  The LAPD found the idea of a sequel offensive, so Freeman was arrested on five counts of pandering (i.e., pimping).  Filming has now been set in San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, and other areas of southern California.

Many adult film starts spoke out against Proposition 60.  Jesse Jackman grew up in Boston and works as a senior engineer.  After his 38th birthday, he was connected to San-Francisco-based gay porn studio TitanMen through his friend Roman Wright.  He shot his first scene with Hunter Marx in the film Surveillance in 2012.  Jackman currently lives with his partner Dirk Caber.

Jesse Jackman recently contributed an article to the Huffington Post about his stance on the initiative.  Jackman stated that he DOES use condoms in all of his films, but still voted the idea down.  He also made a point that condom-less porn (bareback sex) outsells condom porn.  The potential for lost revenue could’ve drove a majority of studios out of the state.  Other performers that spoke out against Proposition 60 were Chanel Preston, Eric Leue (Executive Director of The Free Speech Coalition), Jack Hammer XL, Sister Roma (Art Director for NakedSword/Falcon Studios Group), Siouxie Q (adult film performer/activist/writer), and many other employees of the pornography 

On the business front, Proposition 60 would’ve created a SERIOUS blow to the pornography industry in California.  The adult film industry generates tens of billions of dollars into California’s economy.  Legalizing this proposition would’ve endangered many pornographic brands over condom use in the studios.  Bareback sex (anal/oral sex without condoms) is one of the most popular search categories in pornography.

Adult film stars have also remarked some problems with using condoms in the studio.  Performers spend hours during each shoot and the friction from condoms can cause rashes at times.  It seems as though wearing condoms while performing has been hurting adult film stars rather than keep them safe.  So not only would more condoms hurt the adult film business, but it would cause more performers to leave the industry.

There seems to be a major issue of shame within the pornography industry.  Adult film stars are shamed by friends/family for working in such a risky business.  Proposition 60 would’ve created more shame among employees.  Pornography has always been just another form of entertainment, so why is there so much shame over this industry?  Graphic violence is always depicted in TV series/movies, yet there’s more shame in watching graphic sexual content.

Proposition 60 seems to be a metaphor for how America looked down upon sex and praised violence.  Performers like Jesse Jackman Eric Leue may have been performing for years, but they have always been strongly educated about sexual health.  Maybe it’s time that we better educated ourselves on sexual health rather than having health officials tell us what is safe.  Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows that sex is one of our physiological needs that is essential for survival.  If sex is so essential, then why do we become so taboo about it?

In the end, Proposition 60 was more than just about requiring performers to always use condoms.  Proposition 60 would’ve created heavy restrictions that caused employees of the adult film industry to flee from California.  Billions of dollars would’ve been lost had Proposition 60 been set in stone.  Entertainment comes in all forms (including pornography!) and we must work hard to protect it.  Performers have showed America that the adult film business will reign strong in the state of California.

Caitlyn Jenner: Going For the Gold

Just a little over a year ago, Caitlyn Jenner made national headlines when she came out to the world.  Caitlyn made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair on June 1st, kicking off a celebratory event on Pride month.  The news broke the internet with swarms of celebrities tweeting about her courageous act.  She became a true hero for the trans-gendered community and for all individuals who felt that they had no place in the world.

For this year’s publicity debut, Caitlyn Jenner will be on the front cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.  She will be posing with the gold metal that she won at the 1976 Olympic games.  Along with the cover, a special film will chronicle her journey to the Olympic decathlon titled, “Jenner: 40 years After Gold”.

Before making her big debut, she was formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner.  Bruce competed in the 1976 Olympic games in August, taking home the gold medal for the decathlon.  He made the cover of Sports Illustrated shortly after claiming his victory.  About four decades after his glorious victory, he joined the Kardashian clan for E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashian.

Bruce officially made his transition public to the world in April 2015 during his interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20.  On June 2015, she officially stepped out into the world as a woman for the first time.  Thousands of supporters praised Caitlyn since the Vanity Fair cover was released on social media.  Celebrities tweeted about her Caitlyn’s debut since breaking the news in June.

Kudos to Caitlyn Jenner for showcasing her true identity to the world!  She has become an inspiring figure to the trans-gendered community.  In the land of the free, we shouldn’t cower in fear about who we really are in life.  We’re all just confused adults who are looking for their place in the world, searching for our true identity.

Marriage has been legalized for all same-sex couples in the United States last year, but we still got a long way to go if we want to make the world a better place for everyone.  Love and compassion will help us grow further as human beings while hatred and bigotry only hinders our journey.  Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar we believe everyone has a place in the world, regardless of their sexual orientation.  Straight, gay, bisexual, genderqueers, and trans-gendered people all have the fundamental right to live their lives as a human being.

We are all born as human beings, so why is it that we continue to segregate ourselves further?  Homosexuality exists in many species of the animal kingdom, not just within human beings.  Homophobia is just another dehumanizing concept that causes the ever-growing rift between man and nature.

Disney & Marvel Vs. The State of Georgia

Georgia is currently clashing with various entertainment corporations over a controversial bill that could be passed.  If this religious liberty bill passes, discrimination against the LGBTQ community would become legal in the state of Georgia.

Many entertainment corporations, including Marvel and Disney, are currently fighting to prevent the bill from being passed.  Marvel and Disney are completely against the religious liberty bill, awaiting a veto for the bill before they start productions for their latest films.  Marvel and Disney currently have offices at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.  Atlanta has become a major filming hub within the past few years.  Some films that are shot in Atlanta include Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2.


Georgia became the 3rd most popular film location in 2014, just behind California and New York.  The state reported about $1.7 billion on in-state spending for film and television productions in 2015.

Atlanta’s governor has until May 1st to decide what to do with the provocative bill.  Disney remarked that they would shift their filming focus elsewhere if the bill were signed into law.  A Disney spokesman issued this statement about the bill: “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”  Disney’s threat to take their business elsewhere could cause some serious economic damages in Georgia.


AMC Network, the channel famous for showcasing The Walking Dead, is currently backing the deal to oppose against the notion.  The Walking Dead has been primarily shot in Atlanta and they could film their program elsewhere if the bill gets passed.  Ironically, The Walking Dead features fictional gay couple Aaron and Eric Raleigh in their fight against apocalyptic zombies.   They were highlighted in the news for their controversial kissing scene on season 5.


Other Hollywood companies, including the Motion Picture of America, have spoken out against the scandalous bill.  They were joined by Time Warner Cable, a major corporation that owns multiple networks.  Georgia is now clashing with one of the most dominant companies in the world of entertainment.

Hollywood isn’t the only industry that is pushing back against the bill.  The NFL backed the notion to veto the bill, claiming that it would affect any chance for Atlanta to host the Super Bowl.  Arthur Blank, the current owner of the Atlanta Falcons, believes that the bill would be detrimental for their inclusive principles within their team.  Various fortune 500 companies that have offices in Atlanta currently belong to a coalition urging to veto the bill.


The state of Georgia is clashing with the ever-changing world of the entertainment industry.  MakeSandcastlesNotWar believes in equal rights and that people should be fully comfortable with who they are.  I believe in people coming together to create unique ideas, not create boundaries that would divide us even more.  People are still people and it doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, bi, or whatever you choose to be.  It is disappointing to see that states are signing preposterous laws to allow such discrimination to occur in the 21st century.

This PR nightmare could cause a lot of economic damages for the state of Georgia.  Not only could Georgia lose billions of dollars from the entertainment industry, but they will create a horrid reputation with the LGBTQ community.  We are all human beings struggling to make a living and we shouldn’t be judged on who we’re attracted to.  Georgia will have to jump on the liberal bandwagon if they want to keep their ties with Marvel and Disney.