The Brief: Queer Eye is a makeover-style television show which features semi-stereotypical gay men giving lifestyle advice to straight folks.
Queer Eye, formerly named Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, is an American makeover-style reality show which features gay men providing lifestyle consultations and advice to heterosexuals. Queer Eye originally aired from 2003-2007 on the TV network Bravo and was rebooted for Netflix’s streaming platform, featuring new seasons in 2017 and 2018.
Each episode features a cast of queer men, also known as the Fab Five meeting with a heterosexual person (usually a man) and collaborating with that person to transform and improve their appearance, style and other elements of their life. This process is called a “make better” on the show.
Queer Eye includes stereotypes of both queer and heterosexual behaviors, reinforcing the idea that gay men are more stylish and culture savvy than straight men.
me: queer eye is a kind of apolitical pap that at best doesnt have a meaningful impact on the lives of gay people in america and at worst papers over the brutal realities of the country today
also me: they mmadde the dad s,o beeautiful and confident
— merritt k (@merrittk) July 9, 2018
The members of the Fab Five in the Netflix reboot are Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert.
jonathan: a little lip scrub goes a long way
antoni: hummus is the guacamole of the middle east
tan: try wearing a short sleeve shirt with a collar
karamo: look in the mirror and say something u like about urself
bobby: i have built u a brand new house from scratch
— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) March 2, 2018