The stereotype of straight men is they dress like slobs, are useless in the kitchen and generally unable to put themselves together. The stereotype of gay men is very much the opposite.
From 2003 to 2007, Queer Eye was one of Bravo’s biggest hits. It was a rare makeover show that for most of the run, focusing on men. Five gay guys, each with a specialty in a different area, would teach that episode’s subject on how to improve their life. Ted Allen was the food guru. Kyan Douglas was the expert in grooming. Thom Filicia was all about home decor and organization. Carson Kressley was the guide to the world of fashion. Jai Rodriguez’s expertise was in pop culture and relationships.
While the show’s focus was on the makeover of the men, it was much more than just another makeover show. It opened the door just little further to reducing the discrimination toward the LGBTQ community and humanizing what was and unfortunately still is a dehumanized minority.
I recommend it.
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