Two Snaps Up


I have no illusions. I'm what you'd call style-challenged. If, by "challenged," you meant "completely lacking in." My wardrobe comes courtesy of Costco, my furniture from a hodgepodge of outlet stores, hand-me-downs, and Ikea. My walls are bare save Arcimboldo Summer and Winter prints, a framed "Speechless" lithograph, and (believe it or not) dogs playing poker. The style police have declared me a mobile disaster zone.

But at least I know it. Which is why I've just set up a season pass for Bravo's new series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The Fab Five, a team of five gay men expert in the realms of fashion, grooming, cuisine, culture, and interior design, descend upon a straight guy to transform him from zero to hero. And while they're dedicated to rescuing their charge from the style doldrums, they do so with snarky irreverence that's frankly hysterical. Trading Spaces bores me, but Queer Eye strikes a chord. Each poor schlub they rescue from fashion oblivion is me.


Wouldn't it be a delightful mindfuck if one of the Fab Five turned out to be straight after all - or, at least, heavily bisexual?

I think QEftSG is going to be a show that permeates around the world. Let's hope the British version arrives soon.

I just watched a couple of episodes of this (thanks to your glowing review) and am pretty impressed. It's a shame they are way the hell over on the east coast.

I didn't catch it in the show - who pays for all the stuff they do?

i watched it for about 10 minutes last night but quickly lost interest. maybe this particular mark was less charismatic than average, but i found the designers' 'banter' dull and/or forced.

maybe i didn't like it because i think everyone should feel comfortable with their own sense of style. there's nothing wrong with clothes that feature comfort over style. there's nothing wrong with furniture that is cheap and functional. there's nothing wrong with not caring what other people think of your 'style'.

anyone who judges you by these things isn't worth your time.

Can't argue with most of what dana said... the shows I saw featured guys who's apartments hadn't been cleaned in months, hair that hadn't been cut in years, etc... and they wanted to change.

The Fab 5 was asked to come in for help, they didn't force themselves on the guys. It sounds to me like you did catch a bad episode. Try it again some time.

I love the opening sequence, wherein each of the Fab 5 respond to the "QE" Queer Eye logo that appears on their cell phones like the Bat Signal.

I think it's the logical successor to Trading Spaces, combining lifestyle makeover appeal with liberated "male" bluntness and "female" cattiness, all under the familiar cover of "we're here to help."

Good grief ... two weeks ago my buddy, Kelly, tells me that his new favorite show is Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I'd never heard of it. A few days later I catch my wife watching it - it's now her favorite show. Suddenly I'm being bombarded with queers. Queers to the left of me! Queers to the right of me! Queers in front of me!

I have to agree with Dana here. I know it's all meant to be in fun, but what kind of message is this show sending out? That you're not worth squat unless you're in fashion? What about personality? The show tells me nothing about what these guys are like as people. Frankly, most of these guys just need a maid, not the "Queer Eye." It's sad watching each transformation unfold and seeing these fellows become less as individuals and more as robotic fashion followers. It's even more pathetic watching the women "ooh" and "ahh" during the date. I dunno. Maybe uninteresting people deserve each other.

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