Backward-thinking ‘Queer Eye’ won’t work in 2018

Backward-thinking ‘Queer Eye’ won’t work in 2018

On Wednesday, a brand new trailer for Netflix’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Man” revealed that the present will blaze again to TV on Feb. 7. However is it time to provide this reboot the boot?

The fact program, which initially aired on Bravo from 2003 to 2007, featured a quintet of perky homosexual males — dubbed “The Fab 5” — who would enter the houses of heterosexual schlubs, impart some gay knowledge and depart the dudes wanting like freshly minted Patrick Batemans. Again then, “Queer Eye” glittered.

The collection was enjoyable, sassy and, above all else, representational. However greater than a decade later, the premise of a pentagon of homosexual Henry Higginses briefly coming into a person’s life to show him right into a metrosexual is hopelessly antiquated. It fuels the damaging stereotype that gays are good for nothing greater than only a few giggles and magnificence suggestions — that they make higher caterers and finer hairdressers than folks’s mates and neighbors.

When “Queer Eye” initially premiered, the present was rightly lauded for the groundbreaking visibility it afforded homosexuals. Certain, “Will & Grace” introduced homosexual characters to the forefront — however Jack and Will had been fictional. Right here had been 5 actual folks, having an excellent time and being offered likably in a unstable second when even Democratic politicians feared being publicly in favor of homosexual marriage.

Many exhibits all through TV historical past have walked the same path and, regardless of being arguably offensive, helped make waves for different teams.

Desi Arnaz hollering at his spouse on “I Love Lucy” was maybe not probably the most acceptable depiction of Latin Individuals, however right here was a Cuban man headlining an enormously well-liked comedy. Identical goes for Jimmie Walker’s “Dy-no-mite!” on “Good Occasions.” Foolish and stereotypical, sure, however it additionally launched audiences to an African-American household going about their each day lives. Now, viewers cringe when a rerun of any of those packages pops up on TV Land at 2 a.m., however the exhibits had been proper for his or her specific time and place. Simply as “Queer Eye” was proper for 2003.

2018? Not a lot.

“The unique present was preventing for tolerance,” says a narrator within the trailer. “Our combat is for acceptance.” That’s odd. I believed the unique collection was preventing for fusion sushi and tailor-made fits. And, as for being accepted for who you might be, that would appear a troublesome goal on a present that’s all about essentially altering an individual.

And in addition to, because of the unique “Queer Eye,” the mantle within the battle for acceptance has since been picked up by common homosexual folks — on the workplace, on the health club, on the bar. And their effort to be open about who they’re of their native communities is paying off. In 2003, simply 48 p.c of Individuals thought homosexual relationships ought to be authorized in keeping with Gallup. Right now, that quantity has steamrolled to 72 p.c.

So, ought to a actuality TV makeover present actually be so obnoxiously self-righteous?

The press copy from Netflix appears to assume so: “Our new Fab 5 will forge relationships with women and men from a big selection of backgrounds and beliefs typically opposite to their very own, concerning every part from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to the way to make the most effective farm-to-table guacamole!”

The unique Fab 5 consisted of a quintet of males, every with a particular focus: Ted Allen was the Meals and Wine Connoisseur, Kyan Douglas was Grooming Guru, Thom Filicia was Design Physician, Carson Kressley was Style Savant and Jai Rodriguez was the Tradition Vulture. Within the New York Occasions in 2003, government producer David Collins known as them “homosexual superheroes.”

Whereas the brand new present insists it would make clear extra hard-hitting matters, reminiscent of Black Lives Matter, the fairy godmother format has remained roughly the identical. The brand new group consists of Antoni Porowski (Meals & Wine), Bobby Berk (Inside Design), Karamo Brown (Tradition), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Style).

This time across the posse is not going to be scurrying round New York Metropolis, like the unique 5 did, however in Atlanta, Georgia, as an alternative. Maybe the considering goes that, on this divisive political local weather, southern states require extra “homosexual superpowers” than the LGBT-friendly north. That will make Atlanta an off-kilter alternative, contemplating it’s persistently named one in every of America’s “gayest cities” by the Advocate.

Nearly every part to do with “Queer Eye” is breathtakingly misguided and poorly thought-about.

Permit me to play Emily Submit, dears: With regards to a altering society, one mustn’t ever be fashionably late.