Why Queer Eye is one of the most important TV shows of our time
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years you'll have probably heard of Queer Eye. The Netflix reality-documentary show follows the Fab 5 (Kamaro Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness) as they meet and makeover the looks and lives of a lucky few individuals across America.
On one level the show is light entertainment at it's best - fun, full of laughs and with larger than life characters who keep us coming back. But there are also elements of the show which make it so much more important to today's cultural landscape than other shows out there.
In an age where Reality rules, we've been bombarded with entertaining yet ultimately deprecating formats in recent years, often focussed on eliminations, judgement, superiority and fame (The X-Factor, Love Island and Big Brother to name a few). And there's nothing wrong with those shows - they serve a purpose and are national and internationally successful programmes. But perhaps that format is a little tired in 2018. What sets Queer Eye apart (and contributes to its huge success) is it's refreshingly positive stories, cultural and social awareness and helpful life-hacks
I honestly can't remember the last time I watched a reality show and felt genuinely uplifted at the end of each episode - but Queer Eye definitely delivers this. And it's not a cheesy type of uplifting either, it's the genuine feeling that the Fab 5 actually care about helping, inspiring and educating their participants and viewers. The show covers everything from grooming and healthy eating to home-makeovers and styling - with each of the Fab 5 providing expertise in a specific field.
Do the Fab 5 represent everyone in the global community? No. But what they DO help to do is highlight modern stories from many walks of life which are hugely relatable and endearing. From the Iranian man who dropped out of education but wants to make his parents proud, to the gay son struggling to find his place in his mother's devoutly religious community, Series 2 (which premiered this June) has stories which are relatable to millions.
In one episode London-born Tan admits 'I'm ashamed to say I'm not immersed in the gay or trans community - so I don't know and i feel f**king stupid - I'm ignorant and there are lots of people like me'
'I'm the child of an immigrant, I've heard (my parents) them say to me...you have everything... you better make this opportunity - and that's a lot of pressure for a young person' says Texan-born Kamaro Brown, who's parents originate from Jamaica.
The Queer Eye Fab 5 are presenters and hosts, but also act as mentors and inspiration. Confident, diverse and experienced in their respective f they highlight a lot of what we all SHOULD be talking about in 2018, and for that we (the loyal viewers) are very much the better.
Well done Queer Eye. Here's to series 3 any beyond :)