a blog with cultural bulimia.

Monday, August 11, 2003

queer eye for the straight guy

i do not like what i have seem so far,
mostly for the same reasons as john weir:

""Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" comes at a moment when lesbians and gay men seem to have reached a public relations peak. First the Supreme Court ruled that antisodomy laws are unconstitutional. Then America's Episcopal Church approved its first openly gay bishop. Now Bravo is sending friendly gay guys into the homes of all-American men and showing them how to shop."

"Reviewers have called the show "subversive," because it shows gay men touching straight guys in intimate places � the inseam, the sideburn � without being beaten up or legislated against. We can all get along if we would just let our gay brothers give us fashion tips, the show seems to say. Yet I wonder how surprising it is for television to feature a bunch of "fabulous" gay guys whose sole desire is to make the world a better place for straight men.

After all, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is not about what gay men do so much as it is about how straight men feel. It flatters heterosexuals by putting them where they already are, at the center of the action."

"(...) the straight men who submit themselves to public makeovers by a team of gay men are not your stereotypical playground bullies. In the two episodes I saw, both guys were good-natured and easygoing. And the show's fashion-savvy gay men are smart, immaculate and handsome. Which is why I begin to mistrust "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." If this is reality TV, why aren't the straight guys hostile and punctilious and the gay men sloppy and depressed? (...) Indeed, the show insists on reinforcing the stereotype that gay guys are groomed and charming and slender and witty, and no more than 35 years old."

"(but) many gay people are equally unstylish."

"I'd like to be the straight guy who gets cleaned up on TV. Then I might look like a convincing gay man, the kind of ingratiating homosexual America loves enough to grant equal rights, like Will on "Will and Grace." "