The reboot version of “The Queer Eye” is doing a lot more to get rid of “Toxic Masculinity” than most of the content out there today. With a whole new vibe that is quite different from the original version of the show that debuted in 2003, this show is ready to meet all your expectations and much more.
In case you haven’t watched the new version yet, here’s who they are from left to right: Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), and Tan France (fashion)
The diversity of the new season is truly delightful, with the “For a Straight Guy” being dropped from the title in favor of a mission to help just about anyone: gay guys, rednecks, cops and Christians.
The best part of the show is that the Fab Five spend equal amounts of time and effort working on each guy’s emotional wellbeing, rather than just redoing his house and giving him a makeover. While there are many makeover shows that give the impression that looking good and having a nice place = feeling good. With Queer Eye, this is just the start. The Fab Five might criticize the state of the guy’s flat or the contents of his fridge, they always find the positives about him and expand on that. It’s less about changing who you are and more about nurturing what you already have. The transformations are also adapted according to the guy’s preferences.
There’s a lot of emphasis on taking time for yourself. It slowly becomes clear that the show doesn’t just contain advice for the guy in question, but for the viewer too.Body confidence is also a focus, with attention given to the fact that the world won’t open up unless you let it.
Much has been made of toxic masculinity in the wake of the Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement, and it’s true: many men have extremely troublesome and often dangerous attitudes towards women, homosexuals and transgender people.
But perhaps men are just as trapped as we are, the cage is just a little nicer. If Queer Eye is anything to go by, straight men are in a prison of their own macho making; a prison where suicide, domestic violence, drug abuse and epidemic loneliness is rampant. A prison where a straight man is discouraged from showing uncertainty or vulnerability, from being able to weep and laugh and let his guard down. God, it must be exhausting being a man all the time! Surely sometimes, just like anyone else, men want to prance around and get in touch with what’s there, latent: their ever-terrifying femininity.
What we see on Queer Eye is that the burdens of toxic masculinity are not only ours to bear. We see men on the show who are truly lonely and isolated. Of course, there is much work to be done if women want parity, but the first step might very well be empowering men to be vulnerable.
The Queer Eye hosts are doing more than encouraging their guests, they are leading by example, communicating by using their own stories, their own fears, and their own fragility. This, my friends, is how to be a man!
Here are some tweets to show you what an impact this show has left on people.
Queer Eye is extremely good for your mental health if you’re in the mood for people just being genuinely really fucking lovely to each other.
— Maggy (@maggyvaneijk) February 17, 2018
Queer eye is better for my mental health than my therapist was
— borto (@bortofdarkness) February 14, 2018
The new Queer Eye is like…a body positive hug wrapped up in an embrace that deconstructs toxic masculinity and sometimes that Antoni guy is like hey this is how you cut an avocado
— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 17, 2018
I’m really not into reality TV but Queer Eye is actually kinda sweet and all about breaking up toxic masculinity and helping men be vulnerable and connect with others ☺️
We always knew the queers would fix us all, hey.
— Jennifer Scheurle ⚔️ GDC (@Gaohmee) February 17, 2018
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