The success of Queer Eye

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, December 17, 2003, 10:47 AM | comments: 5
You know, when you hear about a show like Queer Eye for The Straight Guy you've gotta immediately assume that because it's going to have a bunch of gay guys in it that it would automatically be controversial and a cause for great stress among conservatives.

But have you noticed that you won't hear a single negative thing about it? I mean, I can't think of even one instance where some far right lunatic has gone on TV and slammed the show. In fact, I'm willing to bet it would be a sort of political suicide to do so.

Why? Because for one thing, the fact that the guys are gay isn't so much a novelty as much as it's just what they are. They're real people, and there isn't anything about them that you wouldn't like. For another thing, what they do and what the show stands for is something we all enjoy seeing: Good things happening to good people.

That's the core premise of the show. With so much shit in the world, this show is only about making better lives for people. Even if it is in some ways material, people feeling better about themselves is so important, and it feels good to see people get that. I watch every week.



December 17, 2003, 5:06 PM # It always makes me wonder when they are going to come and knock on my door. I can only dream.


December 17, 2003, 5:37 PM # I especially enjoyed watching the show last night and seeing how well the guys (and ladies) the Fab 5 helped in past shows are still doing.

I agree with Jeff--these guys are genuine. You don't get the feeling they are "acting" a part, but simply being themselves and really trying to help someone.

(and I just adore Carsen!)


December 17, 2003, 6:42 PM # On top of that, these guys know what the hell they're doing. Before queer, these guys were at the top of their craft. That being said unfortunately, one or two years from now, the show will eventually burn out.


December 17, 2003, 9:21 PM # I don't see that...I see it only getting stronger, just like Trading Spaces and While you were out. I see it expanding beyond the current three states to nationwide. And as soon as it does, I know a couple people who could use some help! (Cackles evilly)


December 17, 2003, 9:30 PM # Many reasons why it won't last:
1) We will get tired of 5 guys running around - "Look, we're gay" on TV.
2) Someone in exec hell will put some ill-afford spin on the show.
2a) NBC is going to bleed it and then it will fade.
3) One of the fab 5ers will get too big for themselves.

Don't get me wrong: Great show, but it's a fad.

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