Queer Eye: Beyond Reality TV

Listen up people — there’s a new show in town. Out of all of the quasi-reality television that we have proudly consumed in our lifetimes, “Queer Eye has been the most earth-shattering, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, uplifting, barrier-crossing, awe-inspiring thing that we here at 4E have ever seen.

If you’re looking for some politically-conscious-yet-mindless-content, this is the show for you.

Ever wondered what would happen if five gay men traveled around Georgia (that’s the state, @SFSers) fixing ~sadbois~?

The answer is glorious. This show has everything: makeovers, drama, love, friendship, tears, wine and even redneck margaritas.

In all seriousness, “Queer Eye” aims to cross the political, racial, and social boundaries that have been dividing our country as of late.

Before you start watching, let us tell you how, why, and to what extent the “Fab 5” will change your life.

1. Karamo: “Culture Expert”/Life Coach

In addition to being impeccably groomed, Karamo gives you all the tools you need to reach inside yourself, find that inner worth and show it to the world #LetThatLittleLightShine.

Karamo was a social worker for 10 years, serving LGBTQ youth throughout the South. Now he is helping out an equally needy and oft-overlooked population: sad, aging men.

This man is the soul of the show. Karamo is always there at the pivotal moments, ensuring that the men have been made over, both inside and out.

Favorite Moment: Episode 3, “Dega Don’t”

Karamo and Cory’s drive back from Atlanta. You’ll understand once you see it.

2. Bobby: “Design Expert”/Home Improvement Wizard

An underappreciated talent, Bobby takes the sadbois’ dingy mancaves and transforms them into livable, ~lit~ homes. He’s constantly on the go, perfecting spaces in a blur of hot pink shorts and dazzling platinum hair.

Watch as he reduces grown men to tears with the mere words “marble countertop.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 5, “Camp Rules”

Bobby’s gardening sesh with Bobby Camp: the seeds of a beautiful friendship are sown.

3. Jonathan: “Grooming Expert”/Yass Kween

The fan favorite of QE, Jonathan’s starring turn as the show’s beauty guru has already led to the creation of a whole new lexicon of iconic sayings, including “Can you believe?” and “Strugs to func.”

Jonathan embraces everyone’s beauty, turning ugly ducklings into majestic, sexy, well-groomed swans.

We cannot get enough of this man. Please, please adopt us.

Favorite Moment: ALL OF THEM!

There are literally so many, we could not choose just one favorite moment.

4. Tan: “Fashion Expert”/Patterned Shirt Aficionado

Tan is the ultimate sweetheart. Though he is, without a doubt, a fashion expert, Tan knows that the key to style is feeling good about yourself inside and out. This quote says it all: “Style is not fashion. Fashion is not trendy after a season. I couldn’t give a sh*t about fashion. Style is dressing the way that you feel confident, and what is appropriate for you, your age [and] body type.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 2, “Saving Sasquatch”

The moment when Tan and Neal bond over their cultural similarities.

5. Antoni: “Food & Wine Expert”/Eye Candy

Ugh, where to start? Antoni is living proof that you can cook up a mean grilled cheese for one and still be bougie af #CollegeInspiration.

Not to mention: I really didn’t think that “supreming” a grapefruit could be sexy but alas, I was wrong.

By the end of the season, we think you’ll agree that Antoni’s feelings about avocados = OUR feelings about him ;).

Favorite Moment: Episode 6, “The Renaissance of Remington”

Antoni making mac n’ cheese with Remy’s mom will make your heart melt like a hunk of cheddar on a hot griddle. This boy knows how to woo a mama.

*swoons*

Now that you’ve met the Fab 5, we hope you take their advice to heart and become the best you that you can be. “Queer Eye” is the show of a modern America, one nation under Fab, all together.

 Whether you’re black, white, straight, gay, or however you identify, “Queer Eye” is here for us all.

So what are you waiting for? Pretend to sexile your roommate, snuggle up under those blankies, open Netflix, and start watching.

*curtsies*

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, netflix.com, 

Manly Monday: Sequels, Reboots and Manly Movie Madness

Popcorn-Slate1Before I get to actually writing my article today, I would like to apologize to all the dear readers/4E-enthusiasts (4Enthusiasts?) for the long absence of Manly Mondays this summer. I know that every Monday day you wake up, open your browser and pray that you will find a new post that will help you get through the drudge of Mondays.  Sadly, this summer I’ve dropped the ball. But have no fear—for at least this week, I’m here to entertain and to ease the Monday slog.

This summer has been all about sequels and “reboots” in Hollywood: a new Jurassic Park kicked the summer off with a bang, while the attempts at revitalizing the Terminator and Fantastic Four franchises failed miserably. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise is that Tom Cruise is currently sitting at the top of the box office yet again with another Mission: Impossible movie, and this time is getting pretty good critical reviews, too. The new M:I begins a run of sequels and reboots for a number of “manly” movies from the 80’s and 90’s that just refuse to die, and have this film enthusiast excited. We’ll take a look at three of the manliest movies on the horizon.

Point Break 

Forget The Matrix, this was the role that monotone action star Keanu Reaves was born to play. Reaves stars as Johnny Utah, a washed-up football star turned undercover FBI agent, who is investigating surfer/bank-robber/crime lord/zen master Bhode, played by Patrick Schwayze. Not impressed? Wait until you see Utah jump out of a plane without a parachute.

While I love the 1991 original, which also stars Gary Busey, I’m less than excited about the remake. The cast made the original film great, and based on the trailer, I think I’ll be waiting to see this one on Fuse in about 6 months.

Creed

He’s baaaaaaaack. American hero Sylvester Stallone returns to reprise his role of Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa in this sequel/reboot of the decades-old Rocky franchise. Though Rocky V was an abomination, and Rocky Balboa wasn’t much better, the trailer and story for Creed seem to have promise.

Thankfully, a 100-year old Balboa finally steps out of the ring, and the movie centers around the son of Rocky’s long-time rival-turned-best friend Apollo Creed. Rocky trains Adonis Creed to live up to his family name, and the franchise comes full circle in what looks to be a fantastic film.

Top Gun 2

Words can’t describe my excitement for this sequel. I’ll admit, I’m terrified. There’s a really good chance that Top Gun 2 tramples everything that the original stood for. However, the 80’s classic remains one of my favorite films to this day, and I have high hopes for anyone that wants to make a sequel.

The 1986 blockbuster features arguably the greatest bromance of all-time (RIP Goose), the best game of shirtless-but-still-wearing-blue jeans game of beach volleyball ever and more Kenny Loggins than anyone could ever ask for.

Maybe Top Gun should be left alone in the 80’s, or maybe Tom Cruise can work his magic and a 60-year-old Maverick will fly high once again. Either way, I hope the rumors of a sequel are true, because I am ready to enter the Danger Zone one more time.

Photo: filmmakeriq.com