PASS THE TIS­SUES

Sunday Times - - Review - Boshomane Tsotetsi Pearl

Makeover shows — you ei­ther love them or you hate them. But there’s some­thing about Net­flix’s redo of early ’00s show Queer Eye for

the Straight Guy that ap­peals to those who don’t care for makeover shows, but love a good tear­jerker. The sec­ond sea­son prob­a­bly won’t make you cry as much as the first, but it has mo­ments when your eyes will tear up.

Queer Eye fea­tures a team of five gay men try­ing to help peo­ple mildly trans­form their lives, their dress sense, their groom­ing and their homes. And un­like the orig­i­nal, it’s not just clue­less straight dudes get­ting a makeover — the sub­jects range from a gay man pre­par­ing to come out to his step­mom to a church-lov­ing woman who needs to get her groove back.

Each episode is as much about the show’s stars as it is about the peo­ple they are help­ing. In this sea­son, for in­stance, de­sign ex­pert Bobby sort of learns to over­come his re­sent­ment for the church as a gay man.

While parts of this sea­son feel a bit more pu­ton than those in sea­son one, the show still (for the most part) feels sin­cere, and the guys seem to gen­uinely care about each sub­ject they take on.

Jonathan (in charge of groom­ing) is still the most in­ter­est­ing one in the group — he’s quotable, funny, sassy and most im­por­tantly, kind. None of that bitch­i­ness that TV pro­duc­ers think gay men need in or­der to be in­ter­est­ing.

It doesn’t mat­ter that food and wine ex­pert An­toni can’t re­ally cook and that fash­ion ex­pert Tan dresses ev­ery­one ex­actly the same — each episode will have you in­vested in it, but you’ll also for­get about it as soon as it ends. Sea­son two of Queer Eye is on Net­flix

Pic­ture: In­sta­gram

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