Queer Eye: The Colour We Need Right Now

The arts and media have an incredibly important impact on us all. In a time where I am avoiding all news unless I see something to do with art, I turned to the show Queer Eye on Netflix, and learned more than I probably could reading about how there still hasn’t been a decision on Brexit.

The aim of the original Queer Eye, or Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2003, was to take one straight guy per episode, and with the help of five gay men with certain strengths (food and wine, culture, style, decoration and grooming) to help make them over. The emphasis of the show goes beyond this from make-over to ‘make better’. The 2003 version was particularly ground-breaking, because at the time there was no representation of healthy relations between gay and straight men, the idea that gay men could offer advice to straight men being something unusual for viewers. The 2018 reboot offers this but opens it up to nominated ‘heroes’, not limited to straight men. The emphasis is to help people overcome their struggles, from those stuck in a mid-life rut to young people finding their identity.

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan van Ness, Tan France (Image: Netflix)