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, 

A New Look for 4E: The Soundtrack

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Introducing the new and improved 4E! We’ve been working tirelessly to revamp the 4E Blog and what better way to celebrate than with a good ol’ playlist?

Beginnings – Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire We can use a lot of different adjectives to describe the new look. Exciting, hip, going H.A.M — but the word “beginning”, or “new beginning”, is probably most fitting. Oh, and this song is bumpin’.

Reinvent Yourself – Paris Hilton I hope my friends don’t read this; I’ll get a lot of flak for putting Paris on this playlist. It’s hard to keep her off the list when she’s dropping wisdom like this though. 4E took her advice and look at us now.

A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow Now, there was nothing wrong with the old 4E. We have a lot of good memories and, yeah, it kind of hurt parting ways. But sometimes you just need a little change.

Through the Wire – Kanye West Folks at the 4E are a dynamic bunch. We love new things and new looks. Although this new site may take some getting used to, it would do us all well to heed the words of Yeezy. This song was released after his near-fatal car crash and he recorded it with his jaw wired together:: “‘Through The Wire’ is the worst thing that could’ve possibly happen to me, and now it’s obviously the best thing.”

I’m Ready – Rockie Fresh “Fresh” is the best way to describe Rockie Fresh’s music right now. It’s catchy, he has the flow, and his verses have substance. His bars ought to give direction to everyone involved with 4E (readers especially!) on how to deal with our pretty new site: “So ready, are you ready/For whatever may come, cause I’m ready/Born ready, so ready, for whatever may come”

Das Racist – Return To Innocence This song is sampled off of enigma’s original  “Return to Innocence”. I’m not so sure if 4E is about to make a return to innocence (I don’t think we were ever considered innocent to begin with), but we’re all about a new outlook on our mission to doing it big on the blogosphere: “Das Racist is running rap/run with that or run it back”. With this slick new layout, you know we ’bout to blow up.

Are – Somewhere I Been “Somewhere I been/It’s gonna be alright” – New frontiers! New layout! New posts! 4E is looking to the future, and it looks pretty good.
Death Cab for Cutie – A Movie Script Ending And this is the end of the transition from the old to the new. Big ups to my editor for spending time on the new kickass website, and a huge thank you to the readers who make our blogging worthwhile.