Feb 21, 2018
The New Netflix Queer Eye Makes Georgia Boys Fabulous
Apparently somebody liked it, as Netflix has produced a retread. It's rated TV-14, though nothing sexual occurs, because, of course, even in 2018, kids must never know that gay people exist.
The new Fab Five is a little more diverse, fewer screamers, some ethnic minorities: Bobby Berk (design), Antoni Poworski (food), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Tan France (fashion), and Karamo (culture).
1. A 57-year old dump truck driver who lives in a one-room apartment believes that you "can't fix ugly" until the Fab Five convince him to embrace his inner fabulousness.
2. A shy, reclusive guy with long hair and a longer beard lets the Fab Five draw him out of his shell.
3. A NASCAR enthusiast wants to become more likeable and connect with his family.
4. The "straightest gay guy in Atlanta" learns to be gayer.
6. A young entrepreneur gets a home makeover.
7. An aspiring comedian who still lives with his parents at age 33 gets a new pad and a new "brand."
8. A firefighter gives his whole firehouse a makeover.
Not much beefcake in these episodes -- even the firefighter is hardly the stuff of calendar shoots. But the whole point is that the straight men (and masculine gay guys) look rather undesirable, chubby, scruffy, and geeky before they learn how to dress and groom themselves.
I have to admire the Fab Five's courage -- I'd be afraid to even drive through those small towns, let alone pop into Jimmy's Bring-Er In Tavern and announce "We're here to do a makeover, girlfriend!" I'm sure everyone who appears on camera has been extensively vetted, but still, it's rather enjoyable to see roomsful of shaggy guys in overalls and feed store caps displaying no homophobia whatsoever.
And no racism, for that matter. Isn't rural Georgia Trump country?
And the number of takeaway points for at-home viewers is limited: don't wear a baseball cap unless you are going to a baseball game; buy matching furniture sets rather than individual pieces; cut down on salt while cooking.
And I still disapprove of the definition of "gay" as "flamboyantly feminine" rather than "attracted to the same sex."