“Queer Eye” sheds light on social issues while entertaining

Lauren DeFelice

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the 2000s. But when I told my mom I was watching “Queer Eye,” her eyebrows rose.

“Oh, you mean ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’?” she asked.

I didn’t know the Netflix show was a reboot. So, I researched and learned how Netflix improved the formula.

At first, I had no inclination to watch “Queer Eye.” I was just as bad as some of the nominees. My closet was bland, I was afraid to take risks, I could cook maybe three meals and I never knew what to do with my hair.

I kept seeing people rave about this show, though, so I had a trusted friend pitch it to me.

“Listen. Queer Eye. Is so pure,” said senior Tali Petto of Marlboro.

And I was sold.

I never expected to like it, but when I cried during the first episode, I fell in love.

The episodes follow the Fab Five and one contestant of any color, sexuality or gender, nominated by someone close to them for a life makeover.

Each member of the Fab Five has a role in changing this person’s life. Antoni: food and wine. Tan: fashion. Karamo: culture. Bobby: design. Jonathan: grooming. They ensure the nominee is confident and comfortable with their new life and has the skills to succeed in all aspects of it.

“Queer Eye” discusses important issues with both apt sincerity and light hearted commentary but always returns to its core theme of love and acceptance of everyone.

The show has discussed the Black Lives Matter movement with a cop and religious homophobia with an active member of the Catholic Church. In neither instance did it become hostile.

The older show was pivotal in moving us closer to accepting people who are gay. The new version moves us closer to accepting ourselves and the people around us.

You can watch the first two seasons of “Queer Eye” on Netflix.