Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was an American reality  television program developed  for the Bravo television network that  ran from 2003 to 2007. After its debut in 2003,  the  show  became a surprise hit, and  its rights  were purchased by NBC. The  program’s executive  producers, Dave Collins, who has been in a gay relationship  for 14 years,  and  David  Metzler, who  is straight, sought to  create  a reality program in which  five fashionably sensible gay men  (dubbed the  fab five) would advise  straight men  on  fashion and  style. In 2004,  Queer Eye for the Straight Guy won an Emmy Award for outstanding reality program.

The  show,  moreover, played on the popular stereotypes of the effeminate and flamboyant gay male  who  advises  straight men  on  how  to  dress,  prepare food, style their  hair, decorate their  room, and on other fashion and style-related topics. At its core  level, however, Collins  and  Metzler  envisioned Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as an  opportunity for  platonic bonding between gay and  straight men.  Perhaps the  show’s best  example  of platonic bonding between the  fab five and  straight men  and  the show’s ability to portray the straight men’s acceptance of gay advice on fashion and  style can be seen  in the special  edition DVD,  Queer Eye: Queer Eye for the Red Sox. For  the  episode, the  fab five turned the  Red  Sox press  box into  a spa and  gave five of the  Red Sox ballplayers, striking examples of modern-day masculinity, facials, pedicures, back  waxing, massages, and  new clothes.

Despite the  show’s  popularity and  goal of creating a fashion-driven bond between  gay and  straight men,  Queer Eye for the Straight Guy came  under fierce attacks  from  politicians and  journalists for promoting gay stereotypes. For  men’s fashion, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy symbolized a growing  trend of straight men using  traditionally feminine hair  and  beauty  products and  frequenting traditionally feminine spaces, such as fancy wine bars. Public figures, such as soccer’s David Beckham, further promoted the image of the metrosexual with his perfectly  filed nails and braided hair. In the early 21st Century, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy best represented Americans’ shift from traditional notions of masculinity to an acceptance  of fashion and beauty  products previously reserved for women.

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