Queer Eye

This is new Netflix series, that I am in love with. The Fab 5 is what the group is called. It’s a group of five gay men that do make overs for straight men enhancing the subject(the straight man) in their corresponding field (see below for corresponding field and cast name).

The Cast:
Bobby Berk – Interior Design
Karamo Brown – Culture
Tan France – Fashion
Antoni Porowski – Food and Wine
Jonathan van Ness – Grooming

“The original show was fighting for tolerance; our fight is for acceptance.”

“My goal is to figure out how we’re similar as opposed to how different we are.”

“All human beings have a commonality, more so than anyone thinks. We’re all really exactly the same. We all are born, we all grow up wanting to be loved, we all become an adult searching for love. It doesn’t matter if it’s gay or straight, the common thread that holds every human together is that we just want to be loved.”

I binged the entire first series, which wasn’t at all difficult considering there are only 8 episodes. I’m going to give you a bit of an episode recap (on select episodes) and my thoughts on the show.

Episode 1 – You Can’t Fix Ugly
I watched this the first time with Jake and the second time with my sisters. I cried both times. I think my sisters got a little emotional too. The episode introduced us tor a dump-truck driver with little confidence and a handful of bad habits. The cast takes their time with him and finds the underlying issues to his insecurity all the while building up his confidence with tips on how to dress more confidently, how to take care of his skin as well as his living space. Tom (the dump-truck driver) is taught how to prepare on of his favorite dishes, how to dress his age and flatteringly; and how to ultimately feel better about himself.

This is a common theme with the show, which is why I love it! It teaches you how to love yourself and when you truly love yourself you blossom into this emotionally and mentally beautiful creature that touches the lives of people around you and makes the world that much more of a better place.

Episode 3 – Dega Don’t
Right from the start this episode was touching on even more real-world issues. Karamo Brown was driving the group to see their next client when he sees red and blue lights behind him. Immediately he pulls over and thinks he going to jail (a common concern most black men have while behind the wheel). The police officer comes to the vehicle and asks Karamo to step out. This is getting intense. You can see the fear in Karamo’s eyes. The officer asks about the show they are filming and then reveals that he nominated Cory (his friend) for the show. *Relief* Karamo and Cory are able to have a real heart to heart during this episode and Karamo reveals his son is afraid to get his license because he’s afraid of being pulled over and shot by a cop. Cory also opens up and expresses his understanding that both cops and the black community are being misjudged and lumped into stereotypes. By the end of the episode Cory and Karamo have respect for one another and have truly become friends.

Episode 4 – To Gay or Not Too Gay
I cried in this one too. Lesson to be learned about me; I’m an easy crier. This episode is about AJ “the straightest gay guy in Atlanta”. AJ kept everyone in his life at a distance. This episode was about helping AJ truly find himself as a gay man, and realize gay doesn’t have to mean feminine. Ultimately AJ wanted help and the confidence to “come out of the closet” to his step-mom who he was very close to after his father passed away. AJ had never told his father he was gay and now that he was thinking about marrying his boyfriend he felt he couldn’t not be honest with his step-mom any longer. Him coming out was incredibly emotional. It was a beautiful testimony of how powerful and important love is, and how we all want to be loved.

Episode 6 – The Renaissance of Remington
We learn Reimington (Remy for short) lives in this late grandmother’s home with a room mate. This house is right out of the 1980s and has not been updated since. Remy is an entrepreneur whose favorite tool in the kitchen is the blender. Remy needs a makeover and a place that he can really call his own. In the episode we learn Remy’s father passed away from cardiac arrest; Remy did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on this father until the EMS arrived. Remy had to learn to walk the path created by his father who was also an entrepreneur, but do so in his own shoes. The Fab5 redid the house in a way that showed Remy’s taste but paid respect to both his grandmother and father. At the end of the episode Remy’s mother and sister came to see the house and found a photobook the Fab5 had created and left on the new coffee table. The photobook had all the family photos of Remy’s father and of Remy growing up. The family went through the photobook together crying with all the memories it brought back. Definitely emotional.

Episode 5 – Camp Rules
This episode involves a man (also named Bobby [Bobby the subject of the makeover will be referred to as Bobby; Bobby from the Fab5 will be referred to as Bobby(Fab5)]) who has a beautiful wife, is the father of six and is a devoted Christian. In this episode we get to learn more about Bobby(Fab5) and how he grew up in a religious home where the only time he every heard about homosexuality was when the church preached about sin. All people who grew up religious have heard this. Bobby and Bobby(Fab5) begin to unpack the issue of why “Christians hate Gays”. Bobby talks about how, when he was growing up, he was taught to follow the rules in church and was never taught about grace. Bobby (Fab5) admits he was nervous to do this make over. Bobby(Fab5) had grown up in church in Texas and knew the hate and the ignorance. “People need to forget religion and just focus on God. God doesn’t have a name, God is just God, God is love.”

For the people in the back…. GOD IS LOVE

New International Version
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

New Living Translation
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

English Standard Version
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Berean Literal Bible
The one not loving has not known God, because God is love.

New American Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love

King James Bible
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Contemporary English Version
God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him.

Good News Translation
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

International Standard Version
The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

NET Bible
The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

New Heart English Bible
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because God is love, and everyone who does not love does not know God.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love.

New American Standard 1977
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that does not love does not know God, for God is charity.

King James 2000 Bible
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

American King James Version
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

American Standard Version
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.

Darby Bible Translation
He that loves not has not known God; for God is love.

English Revised Version
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Webster’s Bible Translation
He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.

Weymouth New Testament
He who is destitute of love has never had any knowledge of God; because God is love.

World English Bible
He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love.

Young’s Literal Translation
he who is not loving did not know God, because God is love.

 

I would recommend this series if you have Netflix.

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