TV is about to get FABULOUS, as Netflix is rebooting “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
If there was ever a more apt time to make American fabulous again it’s now, which is why SUPER excited to learn that Netflix is rebooting Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
While you might see some people bemoaning the amount of reboots that are currently in production or that have aired recently, we’re certainly not going to complain when our favorite shows comes back. We weren’t the only ones that were SO excited when Gilmore Girls returned to Netflix, and the fact that Will & Grace is returning to NBC is some of the best news we’ve heard in AGES. Not only is it making us feel super nostalgic, but they’re great shows and deserve a fresh audience.
And now the latest show to be rebooted has been announced: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, the former Bravo reality show, which saw five gay men give straight men makeovers, is set to return, but this time it’s topical.
"In a time when America stands divided and the future seems uncertain, a team of five brave men will try to bring us closer together with laughter, heart, and just the right amount of moisturizer, a statement from the producers reads. "The Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye is back and ready to Make America Fabulous Again. With a new Fab 5 and the show’s toughest missions to date, Queer Eye moves from the Big Apple to turn the Red States pink — one makeover at a time.
While we’re pretty sure that some might say the idea of a show that plays on stereotypes of gay men being fashion experts is a bit reductive, it sounds like Netflix and the show’s producers are attempting to shine a light on the differences around the country that have come alight following the election of Donald Trump. What’s more, it’s easy to forget that Queer Eye was one of the first moments in TV history where the main cast were all LGBTQ, and the show was honored by GLAAD for it’s positive portrayal of the LGBTQ community. Indeed, as EW wrote in 2003 about the show:
"Suddenly, gay guys taunted on the playground for their interest in ‘girl things’ are using these skills to help their tormentors — and ironically, are ridiculing their subjects in the process.
The new Netflix version of the show is set to cast a new Fab 5, but it’s been reported that the original lineup from the show, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez, and Carson Kressley (who can also be seen on LOGO’s RuPaul’s Drag Race), are set to to have some involvement, too.
Hopefully the new Queer Eye will take a leaf out of RuPauls’ book, and make the show as outrageous as it is socio-politically important.