What the Heck is a “Queer Eye”?

Sometimes when I watch TV, what I see makes me cringe. I literally have to look away from the screen. I’m not talking about scenes of horror like the many we’ve seen in the wake of the south Asian tsunami, although they’re certainly gut wrenching and sad. No, I’m simply referring to thoroughly bad TV, which, with the rise of quasi “all ‘reality’ all the time,” is becoming the norm.

what_an_asshole.jpgThe emotions I feel upon the misfortune of setting my eyes on Carson Kressley range from embarrassment to a deep desire to hit him. This coming from a guy who’s not violent by nature, that’s saying a lot. (Come on! Don’t try to tell me you wouldn’t want to deck a guy with a self-satisfied grin like that!)

Bitchy queens and diva wannabes have always grated on my nerves, which I believe is the result of how, to me, style is not as important as substance. In other words, my trouble with people like Carson has nothing to do with how he makes my mother look like a diesel dyke. What’s more, Carson is not even remotely funny. In fact, when I consider that he’s only 4 years younger than I am and goes around wearing the stuff he does, he’s pretty damn sad.

The basic premise of Queer Eye is pretty weak, too. I’m the first to admit that there’s an overrepresentation of gays and lesbians in “artistic” endeavours. I’ve also seen a lot of stuff in my adult life go from being queer/gay to mainstream. When I got my ear pierced some 20 years ago, it was a pretty gay thing to do. These days, however, my “gaydar” is forever returning false positives. But it just seems to me that Queer Eye distorts — even trivializes — the notion of gays’ impact on mainstream culture. The “Fab Five” are not at the forefront of culture as much as they are perfect, materialistic consumers, and little else.

If I were to look at the “Fab Five” and then look at the way I dress, or the decor and state of my apartment, then the only conclusion I could reach is that I must be a “fag manqué.” So, now that I’ve come out as lacking the obligatory fabulous glamour to be truly gay, and that I’m making it known that I chose to spend my Saturday night at home to work, I wonder if I should expect a knock on my door so that my membership card can be revoked.

{4} Thoughts on “What the Heck is a “Queer Eye”?

  1. I wouldn’t go far as to say cute, but I do get a laugh when, during every episode, he manages to get a good grope of the male ‘subject’.

    And we’re lucky (?) the Australian version of Queer Eye is starting this February. Based on the TV ads it’s identical – but with Australian queer guys.

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