Netflix recently launched a reboot of Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, a show that originally aired from 2003 to 2006 but has found its way back into the mainstream through the platform.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, or Queer Eye as Netflix renamed it, is all about men finding themselves through changes in lifestyle, habits, fashion, self-care, and life outlook. The show stars five gay men (the “Fab 5”) specializing in various lifestyle areas: Bobby Berk, Interior Designer; Jonathan van Ness, Grooming; Tan France, Fashion; Antoni Porowski, Food; and Karamo Brown, Culture. The men guide struggling (and often) straight men through simple lifestyle changes that will help them feel better about themselves, their partners, and their life in general.
One thing that Queer Eye excels at in its reboot is discussing masculinity with these straight men and helping them realize that taking care of themselves is not feminine or something to be ashamed of. The straight men on the show frequently bring up their discomfort with the gay community and other minorities and how the ‘Fab 5’ helped them realize their own misjudgments and prejudices. Queer Eye puts a distinguishable amount of effort into acknowledging the complex relationship that many men have with self-care, and how truly taking care of themselves and their lives can, in actuality, make them better husbands, fathers, and men.
Queer Eye is available on Netflix. Sources: Netflix, IMDB, Vulture