Article by: Tanvi A.
Photo collected by Nabil R. from here
When I got a Netflix account, I did the first thing any teenager would do – binge watch all the TV shows and movies. I fell back in love with the nostalgic memories of Victorious, and learned how to share my heart with new shows like Reign. After obsessively watching loads of episodes, I realised that I was missing out on the honesty that reality TV offered. I was tired of the structured, scripted, and unrealistic shows that were on display. I wanted to discover a different side of Netflix. I found what I was looking for through the show, Queer Eye.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching the show. At first I thought it would be a satirical piece that would only spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. What I didn’t expect was that the show and its members would help change people’s lives and their perceptions about themselves.
Queer Eye is a Netflix Original TV show, and is a spin-off of the similar “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” of 1995. The five members of the new cast are known as the “Fab Five,” with Tan as the fashion expert, Jonathan as the grooming man, Antoni as the food and wine expert, Karamo as the inspirational mentor, and Bobby as the interior designer. The Fab Five follow a specific person or family and help them gain the maturity, individuality and character that they are missing from their life.
The first episode I watched was called “Sky’s the Limit.” In this episode, the Fab Five helped a transgender man named Skyler recovering from his top surgery gain internal confidence and acceptance from his community. Skyler wanted to thank his friends for their unconditional love and support by throwing them a party, and the Fab Five helped initiate that as well. This episode made me emotional to say the least. By seeing Skyler’s living space transform from messy to unique, his wardrobe change from a “teenage-y” to the one of a “young professional,” and lastly, the most important transformation was seeing Skyler gain confidence in himself because the Fab Five helped elevate, not change, his personality. This episode changed my understanding of the hardships faced by various members of the transgender community, and I am thankful to have learned so much from Skyler’s first hand experiences and the way that Queer Eye depicted that.
I was amazed by how Netflix is bringing awareness to political topics by incorporating them with relatable and entertaining content. Not only do the Fab Five bring happiness to so many people’s lives – no matter their sexual orientation, ethnicity, and background – they are collectively helping bridge the divide between the liberals and conservatives on a political level. I can’t wait to see the amount of people they impact in their new season!