Why You Need To Watch: Queer Eye
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You should be watching Queer Eye. Why? It’s the perfect show for today. Reborn to be as important in 2017-2018 as its original version was between 2003-2007, Queer Eye is vital, wonderful viewing. The rights of LGBT people have changed a lot in a short time. In the 1990s, LGBT media representation was increasing while LGBT rights were challenged through legislation like 1996’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) and the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). The decriminalization of homosexuality across the states was still in process and would take until 2003 to be completed. It was in this climate that Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy emerged in 2003, the year homosexuality was finally decriminalized. Over five seasons, the original Fab Five came into the lives of overwhelmingly straight male participants and helped improve aspects of their lives, performing not a Makeover but a “Make Better”. The impact of the show was immense. For the first time, many heteronormative households across the USA were engaging with gay individuals, inviting them into their homes each week. However the show portrayed the hosts in quite flat and stereotypical terms and it was media portrayed through a straight heteronormative lens not a queer lens.
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