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Yas! 'Queer Eye' Returns June 15th!

Well that didn't take long!

Netflix announced on Thursday that the second season of the freshly rebooted Queer Eye will return on June 15th. The show premiere in early 2018 to much adoration and fanfare from millions of fans who truly enjoyed the new fab five (Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness) in action. The popular streaming service revealed that the show was renewed back in March. 

The first season of Queer Eye found the guys in the deep red state of Georgia, where they were able to successfully makeover a slew of men from all different backgrounds, with one of them identifying as gay (the original run 15 years ago had them primarily making over heterosexual men).

The show tackled many different issues that plague our world today, including homophobia, racism and more, and gave a much needed shine to each of the cast members that went beyond their responsibilities on the program.

So where will the boys end up this time around and how will they use their expertise (Bobby with Interior Design, Karamo with Culture, Antoni with Food & Wine, Jonathan with Grooming, Tan with Syle) to the best of their abilities? Turn on your Netflix account on June 15th for another super fun season with this wonderful group of men. 

For more information, click here.

Karamo Brown Announces He's Working with a Controversial Clothing Brand

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, who is a man of many hats as of late, has decided to partner with a very controversial clothing brand for an ad that he's creating with them.

The brand is H&M, who faced a ton of backlash earlier this year after featuring a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the phrase "coolest monkey in the jungle" etched on the front. 

Karamo, who has been an outspoken advocate about equal rights for all, decided to talk about his decision to work with them prior to the ad being released on his Instagram stories Thursday.

"Tomorrow I am going to share a project I am doing w/ @HM.  I was aware of H&M's controversy- an image on their website portrayed a child of African decent (SP) wearing a hoodie with the slogan "coolest monkey in the jungle". Rather than rejecting the idea of working with H&M all together, I decided to use this as an opportunity to start a conversation with the company about cultural sensitivity."

"I met with executives at H&M to discuss how the company could ensure, through practical training and tools, an elimination of cross-cultuural misunderstanding and, instead encourage positive cross-cultural relationships going forward. I was excited by their desire to create new checks and balances to keep everyone working with and for H&M accountable, so that they can prevent these instances from happening in the future."

"I'm excited for everyone to see the fashion ad I am created with @HM tomorrow!  This is a bran that I love so much and have patronized for so long.  And I'll keep you updated as I continue to meet with them & discuss cultural sensitivity."

What are your thoughts regarding Karamo working wtih H&M? 

Karamo Brown Decides to Say 'No' to An Important Event

Karamo Brown is definitely known to speak his mind, whether its with one of his subjects on the Netflix revival of Queer Eye or about the ongoing struggles that the LGBTQ community faces.

He just received a major invitation, something that millions of people would love to attend, but declined it for one very big reason.

He shared on his Instagram stories on Monday that he was personally invited to the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner, which is taking place this Saturday, April 28th.  The association is made up of journalists who cover the White House and our current president, Donald Trump.

Trump is the reason why he claims to not be going, but maybe he should rethink this given it is an event that Trump did not attend in 2017, and does not plan to attend again this year.  "The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment," Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said in a statement.

Who will be there though?  Well, for one, Kathy Griffin, who was invited as a guest of two major LGBT publications: Washington Blade and Los Angeles Blade. She won't be performing at all, but it would be good for the LGBT community to have two of its biggest trailblazers there that evening. 

Do you think he made the right decision by declining this invitation?

 

Antoni Porowski's Underwear Pic Leaves us All Hot & Bothered

Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has a thing for making his followers weak in the knees just from his sheer handsomeness alone (not to take anything away from how attractive his four counterparts are.  Hayyyyyy Karamo Brown).

His latest social media share, which has him sporting a pair of Hanes underwear and nothing else, just might make the internet implode any second now from its insane hotness.  Warning, side effects from seeing this photo might make you sweat, cry, get stiff in certain areas, call an ambulance, and even scream "YASSSS" immediately after seeing it.

Using the hashtag #vouchforthepouch, Antoni playfully puts one arm behind his back while the other right in front of his grey-colored Hanes underwear (see here). The comments on the photo, which currently has over 200,000 likes in only two days, are hilarious in terms of the thirst level some of his followers have for the budding television star.

 

 

"CHECK PULSE! OMG!" pretty much summed up how everyone felt.  Even Gus Kenworthy got in on the action here, where he said "The only way those underwear would look better is if they were on the floor..."  We couldn't agree more Gus.

What are your thoughts on Antoni's underwear pic?

Queer Eye Parody Makes Us Want #PrintedShirts Real Bad

To be honest, I have not watched the new Queer Eye as of yet.  One of our contributing writers is all about it and was fortunate enough to interview one of the new Fab 5, Instinct Magazine Exclusive with 'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown!

Just last month, we asked Have You Seen the 'Queer Eye/SNL' Crossover? and I did watch that with my hunky Pete Davidson from "Saturday Night Live" and Tan France from "Queer Eye."  I enjoyed it, but was not sure of the denim undershirt in the last look.

But it's fun little jabs at the show that are making me want to view the real thing.  Here's a new parody from YouTube personalityBenito Skinner.

I love Netflix’s Queer Eye so much, I HAD to make a parody… hope you enjoy henny!!! #PrintedShirts ***All Queer Eye footage and audio used in the video belong to Netflix and are being used for artistic purposes ONLY*** For the record, I cried every episode and think the show is AMAZING. So this parody is in good fun, with no malicious intent whatsoever.

Let's see how Benito did.

 

 

Yep, #printedshirts. I'm hooked on this comedic take on the show and will now need to watch the real thing.

Did he get it right?

YAS! Netflix Renews 'Queer Eye' For Another Season!

Looks like the new fab five clearly did something right with all the time they spent with all those straight guys in Georgia, as Netflix announced today that Queer Eye has been renewed for a second season!

Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness have all signed on for a second season after a remarkably successful first one that was lauded by fans and critics alike. 

Each of the guys (except for Antoni: where you at boo?) hopped on their social media today to express how thrilled they are about coming back for another season.

Tan:

Karamo:

Jonathan:

Bobby:

Congratulations!  And if you haven't checked it out yet, here is our exclusive with Karamo. 

Have You Seen the 'Queer Eye/SNL' Crossover?

Tan France from Netflix’s Queer Eye took Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in a new Queer Eye/SNL crossover video posted on the SNL YouTube page.

 

 

Pete who is SNL’s resident awkward funny man took some advice from Tan to get rid of what he calls his “guido trash” look. A hilarious video that takes us through a fashion montage of Pete in different outfits and educates us on the cost of a mannequin.

One of the highlights of the video is when Tan discovers that Pete has a hole in his underwear after having a chat about the difference between boxers and briefs and how much or little support each provides.

 

 

To help Tan out, SNL cast member Heidi Gardner steps in to reconfigure the looks she knows Pete to have and play it down a bit.

Now Pete Davidson is ready for a night out with his girlfriend.

Watch the video here:

 

 

h/t: SNL YouTube

So Sweet! Tom from 'Queer Eye' Reunites with his Ex-Wife!

Who knew that five gay dudes could bring a heterosexual couple back together in such a beautiful way?

Tom Jackson, who was the subject on episode one of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot (who famous made the redneck margarita, which Karamo Brown told us was 'f***ing gross') has announced some very happy news in his life post-show that revolves around a reunited love with his ex-wife Abby.

His particular episode was a great starting point for the show, as the guys all did a great job at giving him a "life" makeover, which included a scene of him with Abby as he showed her around his updated digs.  From the looks of it, it seemed as if these two might reconcile after a big time apart, although Tom nixed that in a touching update about her back in February.

So sweet!  Well, it looks as if these two had resolved their differences, as Tom announced recently they they are back together and want to spend the rest of their lives with one another!  Awe!

Congratulations!  And this response pretty much evokes a lot of how all of us feel about this news.

 

Instinct Magazine Exclusive with 'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown!

I have been crushing on Karamo Brown for several years now ever since his days on The Real World all the way back in 2005.  Of course, he's damn attractive, but there is a spirit about him that just elevates his overall appeal and then some.

Although he has stayed in the lime light over the past decade with other reality shows and establishing himself as his own brand, Karamo has now truly experienced some sort of pop culture ubiquity as he landed a role as one of the members of the new Fab Five on Netflix's reboot of Queer Eye.

The reboot (which costars Bobby Berk, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski) has received universal acclaim from fans and critics alike as these five guys have easily become the water cooler chatter of the moment with hopes that a 2nd season will happen at some point later this year or in early 2019 (cuz it's that damn good).

I hung out with Karamo last week while he was doing his press roundups in New York City, where the studly and charismatic personality told me about his life changing experience while doing his first season of Queer Eye.  He breaks down who his favorite (and not so favorite) subjects were, what really went down when he got pulled over by the white cop in episode 3, what went on when AJ was coming out to his stepmother on episode 4 and so much more.  Take a look. 

So, a lot of my friends have been binge-watching Queer Eye, and the response from them (as well as social media) has been overwhelmingly positive.  Are you feeling the same amount of love on your end as well?

Yes!  The feedback has been 100 percent positive for us.  It’s always like, “You’re making me cry”, “You’re making me laugh”, “This is such a feel-good show” or “Oh my god, I feel better about the world”.  I wasn’t expecting that, to be honest with you.  I was kind of expecting for people to hate on us quite a bit, so it feels good knowing that people are loving it.

You have a point there, because prior to the show airing, there was a good assortment of “shady” comments posted on social media about the new season, but since Netflix released it, there has been little to no negativity. You guys clearly proved something with this by hitting the funny elements but the emotional ones as well.

I appreciate that, because that was really big for both Jonathan and me.  When we came in, we sat down with the cast and producers and Jonathan was like “I’m bringing the funny constantly,” and the guys were a little bit intimidated of bringing out their own emotion and he was like “No, we are bringing that deep stuff.”  And, everyone just picked it up and it went really, really well.

The eight episodes were really done incredibly and showcase a variety of subjects who had great storylines to them.  Did you have a favorite out of all of them and why?

It’s weird because I have favorite subjects on different levels: on a worldly level, but also on a friend level.  Cory, from episode 3, him and I text all the time with the boys.  I love him. 

Yeah, a lot of guys in the bear community have crushed on him since his episode aired.

Let’s be very real, Cory is totally straight, and it would never happen but if he was a gay man, that would be my ideal guy.

Anyone other subject that you really enjoyed?

The firehouse episode was also a ton of fun for me, because how often do you get to line up firemen and put them in wet t-shirts contests? And I’m not even into muscles (that one guy they nicknamed “Superman”), but it was their playfulness throughout that was a major turn on for me.

I noticed that sort of “playfulness” with all the subjects, most notably Tom in the first episode.  I thought he was a great starting point for the series.

He was an awesome starting point because I got a lot of comments from people in the south who would say “I see myself in him, so thank you for not starting off with some super chic, 25-year-old who needs help. Thank you for letting me see me.”

I have to ask you about that redneck margarita (whiskey and Mountain Dew) that Tom made.  How bad was it really?

It was fucking gross! It was the worst drink I ever tasted in my life.  And he drank it day in and day out!

Can you be honest here and say if there was any subject you liked the least?

Yeah, I can tell you… in the beginning my least favorite subject was Bobby (episode 5), the church-going guy.  Something that got cut out, and really threw me, is when we were driving together he told me that a year or so ago he would’ve called me the N word and the F word.  For me, I believe in change for people, I truly do, but there was something for me that didn’t seem genuine about him.  The audience responded well to him, but I just never fully got it.

Did his wife not seem into any of it?  I got this vibe that she was not thrilled throughout the entire episode.

I wouldn’t say that she wasn’t into it, I would say she was overwhelmed.  They both were.  The space was small, the kids (besides the older ones) were a bit unruly, so for me I’m glad we helped them and I’m glad that he had that moment in the end because it kind of pushed me over.  At the beginning, when he said that to me, its as if I met you and said to you in the first hour “A year ago I hated white guys.” Like, why would you feel the audacity to say that to someone? So, for him, I guess his intentions were in the right place when telling me that, but it made me not want to go into it the same way I went into the others.

Let’s talk about the episode where you got pulled over by the white cop (Cory, episode 3).  

The police officer, the pull over, triggered the shit out of me.  I had no idea.  That was not staged.  In the morning of each episode, we all fight over who gets to drive.  Some of those towns we went into took three or four hours to get to, so if I don’t drive, I’ll be asleep in the back.  We have to stay awake for the drive because we are filming throughout.

So, when I decided to drive for that episode, the producers were like “No, no” and its because they set this up and didn’t want for me to be triggered.  They kept saying “Bobby, you drive!” and I was persistent on having it be me.  To be honest with you, it would’ve been a fun, cute thing to get pulled over if it was someone else, but I forced myself to drive that day.

Do you think Tan would’ve had the same reaction you had?

I think that Tan would have, but not in the same way I would have.  He’s from the UK, so he gets it… but in different ways.  I was a little off put when you I got to Cory’s house because I was still dealing with it, but overall it didn’t make me want to participate in the episode.

For me, my personal favorite was AJ (Episode 4), as I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a slow build up on a show like this that turned into a rollercoaster drop of emotions.  You came close to making him cry before he met with his stepmother, I noticed.

Oh, I did, they just didn’t air it.  I’m pretty sure I made all of them cry at some point, even Tom.  He wasn’t crying to the very end but eventually the flood gates opened.

Normally at the end of the episode when the subjects have their big reveal, the show still pans to the five of you.  When AJ came out to his stepmother, the cameras stayed on him with no focus on what your reactions really were.  You guys were watching I’m assuming, yes?

Of course.  So, the way that it works is that after we leave, we go back to the loft and we change and watch what’s happening.  We are basically getting the live feed, and for me… it was cathartic watching him come out and I’m happy he was able to have that incredible breakthrough. 

This experience overall has been truly incredible and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for myself and all of us on this crazy journey. 

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