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Meet 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's New Fab 5

In 2003 I was graduating high school (God, I just dated myself) and like most people in high school, I was struggling with lots of identity issues that made the most awkward years in one’s life into a battle to fit in, but stand out—all at once. Dealing with things like sexuality, style, friends, dating—are all part of the fabric of what makes a teenager either feel like there is worth or not beneath the endless obstacles that are coming at them. This was stereotypically me. At the age of 17 I was exploring a new found tool for me—browsing the internet at home. I say new found, because in 2003, I had finally convinced my parents to take our dial-up service past those AOL CDs that we got in the mail.

The internet was my escape from school and my part-time retail job, it’s where I continued my exploration of myself and the person I didn’t know was developing inside of me. It’s on the internet that I discovered chat rooms, dating websites (yes, before Grindr—there was XY), and shows that I couldn’t watch on television because guess what—we didn’t have cable! See why net neutrality is so important?! One of the shows I came across was Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on a recently created cable channel that I had never heard of, Bravo. Along with Will and Grace and the DVD box set of Queer As Folk that a friend lent me, Queer Eye helped me come out as a proud gay man from a closeted, insecure boy who wasn’t really sure what all the awkwardness was all about.

Eventually, I was able to make enough money in my retail job to promise to pay for cable so that we could have access to the show that I had almost missed out on. I got to know the Fab 5 and all their talents. I admired how much they knew and how proud they were to be gay. And despite the show being called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I knew the show was really out there for us--the queer guys--who were also trying to learn how to be okay with ourselves and how to be our best selves.

Queer Eye skyrocketed the careers of Carson Kressley who taught me that a necktie could be used as a belt, Ted Allen who showed me how to make a simple flatbread, Kyan Douglas who taught me a thing or two about exfoliating, Thom Felicia who showed me how to create mood lighting in a my tiny room in my parent’s house, and Jai Rodriguez who shared the value of the attention to details as a culture all of its own. They are the mentors I never met, but felt I could turn to for a boost of confidence.

Now, the original Fab 5 are on to bigger and arguably better things since the show ended in 2007. Today’s youth probably wouldn’t recognize most of them because it’s been over 10 years since they were all together making lives fabulous. Luckily, the media has expanded and become more inclusive of diverse representation. LGBTQ individuals are represented more frequently than ever on sitcoms, reality television, film, and in the music industry giving youth greater opportunities to see themselves reflected on screen.


Regardless--all things just keep getting better!

In the golden age of reboots and revivals thanks to streaming media, I am excited to see that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is making a return a decade later. The reboot will be on Netflix, but won't include any of the original gurus as they are all part of other great projects. Instead, the new Fab 5 will be a younger group of guys that have tons of experience, large followings on social media, and interesting perspectives for the bros they’ll be transforming. In a digital world full of millennials, it will be interesting to see how the new cast will play to the interests of younger demographics.

The new Fab 5 are:

Tan France - FASHION

A world traveler, social media influencer and lover of high-end labels with urban appeal. A Muslim who is married to a Mormon cowboy at that!

 

Pretending I’m not frickin freezing!

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Antoni Porowski - FOOD & WINE

An actor and food & wine aficionado who was the personal chef of original Fab 5 member Ted Allen according to Entertainment Weekly. His Instagram will make you hungry—and the food looks good too!

 

Post-run Gruyère and Tomme tastings OR prélude to a pizza dinner?!?

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Jonathan Van Ness - GROOMING

The hilarious hairdresser from Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones who is also a celebrity stylist and has his own podcast Getting Curious.


Karamo Brown - CULTURE

You may remember Karamo from MTV’s The Real World: Philadelphia as the first out gay black man to appear on a reality show. He is a producer and on-air host for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), BET, Access Hollywood Live, CNN, Huffington Post Live, and HLN.


Bobby Berk - INTERIOR DESIGN

Bobby is an expert in design that has appeared on Bravo, HGTV, NBC, and CBS. He has his own label Bobby Berk Home.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s First Look with the Fab 5, the new Queer Eye will go further in to the cast members personal lives as well as move away from the original NYC format we all remember. Instead, the pros will head around the country, targeting red states to try to spread  acceptance and open the minds of others.

I will definitely be tuning in to the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Netflix in February. I’m eager to see what new spins they will make on the show. With the show being on Netflix, there will be more liberties, and hopefully less censorship, where the Fab 5 will be able to tackle some more real issues through dialogue and interaction. I’m sure there will be a lot to explore and hopefully—if done right—they will teach some of the guys out there who are trying to figure out how to be their own fabulous queer selves.

And if we're lucky--they will keep the iconic theme song by Widelife!

Major Companies Drop Louis C.K. After Sexual Accusations

Just as suspected in yesterday's postLouis C.K.'s trouble as the most recent culprit in the Perv Purge of 2017 has begun. Since yesterday's huge expose by the New York Times that ignited the sound off on the off-color, crass comedian some major plans have changed in the funny man's schedule.

HBO, has declared that Louis C.K. will be removed from their benefit from Autism "Night of Too Many Stars" that is scheduled to broadcast on November 18th. HBO has also stated that they will be removing all on demand specials that the comedian is a part of.

In addition, Netflix, who recently produced and released a comedy special for the comedian in April has announced that they will no longer be moving forward with another special as had originally been planned.

A Netflix representative told USA Today:

The allegations made by several women in the New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing. Louis' unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand up special, as had been planned.

But after only one day under the microscope, it doesn't end there. Not only was the premiere of Louis C.K.'s film I Love You, Daddy was abruptly cancelled in NYC yesterday, but now, the film's distributor Orchard Films has stated that the film will no longer be released--PERIOD. The film was set for a limited release on November 17th, but now it won't see the light of day. 

FX, who produces Louis C.K.'s show "Louie" has not taken any action against the comic. Instead they have released a statement that they will be investigating Louis' conduct during his time working with them.

I mean, I am a Louis fan, but it's going to be hard to recover from all of these allegations without a proper apologize and without demonstrating that he has the desire to change--that's if no charges are raised against him.

With a list of sexual pervs growing on a weekly basis, it seems that a lot of careers could be ending. One can only wonder if Louis C.K., who makes a living talking trash and sharing the most horrible facets of his life, will be able to pull himself out of this one. Maybe this will become part of his acts?

A Porn Site Wants To Finance Sense8's Third Season

News and updates on Sense8 are continuously flying, which is starting to make us believe there’s more interest and more of fanbase in the series than Netflix realized.

But, it seems like Showrunner Lana Wachoswki was miles ahead of everybody because she announced last week that she’s already writing up a third season for the show despite the fact that Netflix only greenlite a two hour finale.

But, it seems like if Netflix isn’t willing to make the third season happen, another site is…

And that site is none other than porn site xHamster.

The site’s executive, Alex Hawkins, wrote an open letter directed to the creators of the show and offered the chance to keep the story going.

“We recently read that you’re working on a third season of Sense8 despite the fact that Netflix has no plans to renew the series.”

“We know it’s unconventional, but we want to bring it back — on xHamster. We’re not talking about a parody, or something less than, but an actual revival of the series.”

More: Sense8 Cast and Crew Made A Heartwarming Video To Thank Their Fans

"Ever since we read about the cancellation, we’ve been wondering if there was something we could do. While we’re happy that Netflix is picking up the series for a conclusion, before you wrap up the story, we wanted you to consider another option — letting xHamster produce the series."

Hawkins went further to say the site has "a long history of fighting for the rights of sexual speech, and non-normative sexuality,” and, "We have no such limitations, and also understand implicitly the interconnectedness of sexualities across boundaries. In short, we are a we."

"[We] continue to use our audience to speak up against repressive anti-LGBTQ laws in the US and abroad, and for sex ed in public schools Planned Parenthood and the rights of sex workers."

"We’d like to set up a meeting to see if there’s some fit for us in the future of Sense8. We know we’re an unlikely home. But five years ago, people laughed at the idea of Netflix producing original series. We think that our time, like yours, has come."

So far, Lana Wachoswki and her team haven’t responded.

Of course, this entire incident could be an earnest attempt at keeping such a wonderful show running. Or, it could be a publicity stunt for the website.

That said, should we honestly consider the idea? Having the show continue is ideal, but having it placed on a porn site?

Keep in mind, the show does have some pretty intense sex scenes, but that comes with the prestige of Netflix branding. If it doesn’t have that, and is on a porn site, the show’s image would take a massive hit.

So the question is, would fans/creators be willing to have the show’s image go down in order to keep the story going? And, would the show be willing to lose viewers who wish to avoid the porn site?

What your thoughts? Let us know in the comments down below.

Sense8 Cast and Crew Made A Heartwarming Video To Thank Their Fans

The showrunner, cast, and crew of Sense8 want to thank all the fans who helped the show get some closure. And how are they doing it? Through a 15 minute video.

Instinct Magazine's been there through every phase of the show, so if you missed a step or aren’t a fan of the show we’re here to get you up to date.

Sense8 is a Netflix original sci-fi show about 8 individuals living around the globe. Some in live in America, one in Kenya, one in Germany, one in South Korea, etc.

One day, they discover that they are connected to each other psychically. They can not only hear each other’s thoughts, but they can feel each other’s sensations and they can use each other’s skills like language and fighting skills. (And then of course, there’s an evil corporation out to kill them because they fear the next step in evolution).

The series had a slow start which caused it to only keep a cult following, but was well received by both fans and critics.

But, that small viewer base, plus the fact that the second season of the show cost about 9 million per episode (because of flying the main cast all over the world and hiring new staff at every location), lead to the show eventually getting cancelled.

But, thanks to the loving fans of Sense8 who would not stop asking for at least some closure to the show, Netflix decided to renew the series for a two-hour finale.

And now Lana Wachowski, the show creator, showrunner, and writer, as well as members of the cast and crew created a 15-minute video to thank all of their fans for making this production miracle happen.

You can check out the video down below.