How Should We Feel About The Selfie The "Queer Eye" Guys Took With Alleged Homophobe Candace Cameron Bure?

It’s safe to say the Queer Eye guys have mostly had a great week. First of all, the show won trophies for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program. Then on Monday night, The Fab Five were a hit at the Emmys ceremony, presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Their bit, in which they offered to give characters of very heavy dramas lifestyle tips and makeovers, was an upbeat highlight in an overall disappointing telecast.

Star and designer extraordinaire Bobby Berk caused some controversy, however, by posting a selfie to Instagram with co-star Jonathan Van Ness and Fuller House stars Candance Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber.

The caption read: “When your childhood TV friends become your adult REAL friends.”

In 2015, Cameron Bure expressed support for a bakery that refused to make a cake for a gay couple, clashing with Raven-Symoné onThe View.

Later that year, Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure both outraged the LGBTQ+ community and allies with a clueless-bordering-on-sinister The View interview with HIV-positive former child star Danny Pintauro. The hosts were widely seen as insensitive and unprofessional, with one question of Cameron Bure’s standing out in particular:

"I want to know, do you...do you take responsibility for your actions, for being promiscuous, going into a lifestyle of having heightened sex because of the meth that you were using?"

Last year, Bianca Del Rio picked a fight with Cameron Bure when the actress posted an Instagram pic of herself in a shirt stamped with Del Rio’s catchphrase, “Not Today Satan.” Del Rio called her a "homophobic Republican."

Cameron Bure denied the accusation--the homophobia part anyway: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know what’s in my heart. I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone.”

Flash-forward to now, and people aren't sure how to feel about the new selfie. Many dog-piled with criticism. 

As for Berk, (who's brought up facing religion-based homophobia as a child on his Emmy-winning show), this is what he had to say about the avalanche of harsh Instagram comments in a video response:

“Pretty sure that kind of attitude is what we’re trying to stop on Queer Eye. She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of Queer Eye is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you,” he said.

“I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her just as we should all love each other.”

Where do you stand in the debate? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

h/t: Pink News

Jonathan Van Ness' New Beau is Something Fun to Look At

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness picked up two very different kinds of awards recently: an Emmy and a South African rugby player. Woof.

Jonathan and his new man (named Wilco Froneman) made their debut as a couple this past Monday night at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. 




Date nights are slightly more formal than anticipated.... #emmys2018 (: @mookers77)

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"Date nights are slightly more formal than anticipated...." the muscle-bound lad wrote about the fun evening ahead on Instagram.




Love him @froners & my best friend @mookers77 for being there for me

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Jonathan shared a similar photo before they hit up the red carpet that night with the caption "Love him @froners & my best friend @mookers77 for being there for me." Aww!

His followers couldn't get enough of their cuteness, leaving comments like "OMG congrats to you little lovebugs" and "Shake the internet why don't you." 




Supporting bae... #Emmys

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Here are five things to know about Jonathan's hunky new beau:

  • He currently resides in New York City.
  • He's a dog dad with one of the cutest pups around.
  • He fancies himself to be "kinda ginger."
  • Proud of being gay (hay!)
  • Self-described unicorn enthusiast.

Oh and he seems totally enamored by one of our favorite guys, but who wouldn't be! Congrats to Jonathan and Wilco on your blossoming relationship. 

And here's proof he's a dog lover!  Woof!



Jonathan Van Ness Slams Eminem's Homophobic Lyrics in One Tweet

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is the latest celebrity to put his two cents in regarding Eminem's homophobic lyrics on his album Kamikaze.

The rap star released the surprise effort on Friday, and was immediately criticized by the LGBTQ community and its supporters for his usage of the word f***ot on the song "Fall." This is far from the first time that Eminem has used this word in his past material.

Dan Reynolds, who fronts the band Imagine Dragons, let his disgust be heard loudly about this situation on his Twitter back on Friday, and now its Jonathan's turn to do so.

"Interesting how artists that go low using homophobic language seem to have their record sales go lower," he wrote. Ouch. There's receipts to this as well.

Eminem's expected to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 next week with first-week figures of 370,000 according to Billboard. An impressive number, especially in a time where people aren't buying records like they use to, but pales in comparison to other people in the industry like Drake and Travis Scott who scored much higher numbers than him.

It's also a very small number compared to what Eminem used to sell in his first-week sales. For instance, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 792,000 copies in week one. 2010's Relapse had a similar number.

So it looks like Jonathan has a point in all of this. 


A Fab Couple From Season 2 of 'Queer Eye' Gets Married!

The Fab Five have done it again!

One of the couples from Netflix's wildly popular show Queer Eye got married in a beautiful ceremony a couple of weeks back.

William Mahnken, who appeared on the reboot's second season, married his girlfriend Shannan Eller on June 16th.

"On June 16, I got married to my best friend, Shannan (@treeandshield)", William revealed. "It was a small, private ceremony on the beaches of Amelia Island (Florida) at sunrise." The wedding was also officiated by one of his friends.

The official Queer Eye account shared photos from their wedding day with a beautiful caption congratulating them on the big step. "Congratulations William and Shannan! Thank you for letting us be a part of your love story and we hope that the next phase of your life is filled with love, movies, and a lot of avocado goddess! We Shannan you both."

William got engaged to Shannan during his episode in the most "dramatic" of ways. The budding actor creating a movie short which was played at a festival of sorts in their home state of Georgia. He got down on one knee by the time the movie was over, and the rest is history.

Congrats to William and Shannan! 


Does Antoni Porowski Contribute To The Fab In 'The Fab 5' on 'Queer Eye'?

I have completely binge-watched both seasons of the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, and have loved every minute of it. One question popped into my head, though, after going through every single episode: what does Antoni Porowski really bring to it? 

This will come across as shady, but it's a question that I've noticed is posted quite a lot on social media with many scratching their heads about the same thing. 

The new fab five's roles on the show are as follows: Tan France as the fashion expert, Karamo Brown for culture, Jonathan Van Ness for grooming, Bobby Berk for interior design and Antoni for food and wine.

When I watch these episodes, the other four have a pretty good grip on each of their subjects and are able to get to the meat of their issues in a truly phenomenal way. I struggle, however, to figure out what Antoni's role is on it when what he presents often comes across as incredibly simplistic and not really part of what Jonathan, Bobby, Karamo and Tan are trying to accomplish.

Case in point: season one, episode one's subject was Tom, a good ole southern boy who was the textbook definition of why this show is great. The other guys did a ton of upheaval on him and created a major transformation by the end of the program. Antoni did something with an avocado, which became a running theme on the show.

I know what I'm saying is harsh, but it often seems like he doesn't really have much to do as many subjects on the show are already in decent or great shape to begin with. So was he cast for a completely different purpose? If not, shouldn't the show find better ways to incorporate him when screen time can be potentially difficult with big personalities like Jonathan?

Some people on social media have made claims that he was purposefully brought on as the stereotypical "pretty boy" and that it would also bring in a female viewership as they would find him equally as attractive as men do. I don't necessarily think that's the reason, as I've seen what he's done outside this show and he's really knowledgeable about food and beverage so at least he has that to back it up outside of his good looks.

Also, and this is just from my point of view, but it doesn't really seem like he gels entirely with the other group. Something I've noticed on the show is how they all start out as one but eventually group into twos in many of the episodes. I usually see Jonathan and Tan chatting it up and Bobby and Karamo doing the same. I don't see much interaction from Antoni. Perhaps he's a bit more reserved than the others, which is fine, but the chemistry seems to be a bit lacking now that the show has been on for two seasons in under a year.

If anything, the show has given Antoni a platform to partner with major brands as pretty much every other post on his Instagram is a paid partnership of sorts. This includes Hanes, Whole Foods, and several others. He's also opening up a restaurant in New York City, so clearly he's having the last laugh of sorts here from some of the haters (myself potentially included) who have thrown him shade about this subject in the past.

What I'm hopeful for, in regards to Antoni's purpse on the show, is that he opens up a lot more and finds ways to be more useful with what he's good at. Perhaps giving him a bonus type of thing on the streaming platform where he does a 30-minute type of cooking show with the subject at hand. This will showcase his talents much more than just one dish and he can talk about variety in food and beverage a lot more. Just some thoughts here.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Netflix Released A Mini-Episode Where The Fab 5 Visit A Town Called Yass

Did you already finish the second season of Queer Eye? Wish there was more? Well, Netflix has got you covered, because they just dropped a surprise episode on Youtube.

Even though the second season has only been out for a week, many have already binged the series and moved on to other things. In the second season, the Fab 5 were seen visiting a town called Gay and giving the first makeover to a transgender man in Queer Eye history.

But if you haven’t had enough of the Fab 5 just yet, you can enjoy them for a special 20-minute mini-episode found down below.

In the episode, the Fab 5 visit a town called Yass in New South Wales, Australia. While there, they not only see the sights, but they also take the time to give two makeovers.

The team fist meets a 50-year-old rancher named George who was initially scared of the group.

As Jonathan Van Ness said:  “I do think George has never had four American gay men with one gorgeous Pakistani Brit ever come so aggressively at him for cuddles.”

Then, Antoni and Bobby went to a bistro in town to give its look and menu a total transformation.

Want to see how the final changes turned out? Check them out in the full video down below.

Mike Pence's Wife is a Fan of "Queer Eye," Says Karamo Brown

In a recent interview with Vulture, Queer Eye’s culture expert Karamo Brown dropped a bombshell: Mike Pence’s wife is a fan of the Netflix show.

Brown revealed he met with Karen Pence and her chief of staff to “discuss arts but also speak about LGBT issues.” 

Brown clarified that while the second lady didn’t tell him she’s a fan directly, some of her staffers told him she is a fan of the show.

In the interview, hair expert Jonathan Van Ness was too quick to interject once the Pences became a part of the conversation. “She’s our biggest fan,” said Van Ness. She watches it every night. Her and dad like to watch it every night in their modesty outfits. But they watch it completely separated because it’s improper to look at each other face to face when you watch gay men.”

“There’s something about the Pences, I just freak out,” Van Ness said as Brown tried to elaborate. “She doesn’t like you, girl! She don’t like us.”

“No matter if someone has personal feelings about my sexuality or how they view me,” Brown said. “It’s all of our job to continue to show up in spaces where we can say, ‘You know what? I can figure out how to try to work with you.’ ”

Van Ness apologized for his interruptions at the end of the video interview. “I’m sorry I made fun of the Pences so much,” he said. “I’m sure you guys are like, super nice.”

Mike Pence is, of course, notoriously anti-gay. He has repeatedly voted against anti-hate crime legislation in Congress, and he’s expressed support for amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Pence also has allegedly expressed support for conversion therapy in the past. And his on-again off-again spat with Olympian Adam Rippon is a always entertaining.

It looks like the video interview we’re quoting has been removed or made private on YouTube. Here’s more of the interview with Vulture, but with no naming names. The second season of Queer Eye is now streaming on Netflix.


h/t: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/392858-queer-eye-star-recounts-his-visit-with-karen-pence

What To Watch This Weekend: 'Man In An Orange Shirt' And The Return Of 'Queer Eye'

Need some suggestions for TV this weekend? Here's two must-see queer TV highlights.

• Produced to observe the 50th anniversary of when homosexuality was decriminalized in the UK, Man In An Orange Shirt chronicles two love stories sixty years apart.

In the 1940s, lovers Michael (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and Thomas (James McArdle), live under threat of jail if their affair is discovered, leading Michael to marry a woman, Flora (Joanna Vanderham). 

Moving to the present, the second half of the two and a half hour movie reveals Flora (a luminous Vanessa Redgrave) as grandmother to a young gay man, Adam (Julian Morris), who is in the midst of his own sexual confusion. 

TV Guide Magazine called the film, "A powerful Masterpiece movie that bridges generations with its tale of repressed and forbidden affections."

And The Boston Globe wrote"I was afraid the message of “Man in an Orange Shirt” would be simplistic — being gay was hard then, but it’s easy now, look how far we’ve come, etc. But the film, strewn with symbols that carry from one story to the other, has other things in mind, and they make it distinctly moving."

You can catch the film on PBS’s Masterpiece this Sunday. The DVD becomes available on June 19.



• And, starting today, you can stream all 8 episodes of Season 2 of Netflix's Queer Eye.

This season the 'make better' show expands its scope of 'mentees' including a transgender man named Skyler and a beloved church mama.

Get the tissues cause I'm not crying, you're crying.



Two Couples From Queer Eye's First Season Have Tied The Knot

Back in February, we shared with you the news that AJ, who appeared on an episode of the revived Queer Eye show, got engaged to his long-time boyfriend.

Now, we’re happy to share with you the fact that AJ is now married!

If you don’t know, AJ appeared on Netflix’s Queer Eye as a man who, while having a boyfriend for several years, was not out to his family.

By the end of the episode titled “To Gay or Not Too Gay,” the Fab Five had helped him switch up his wardrobe, clean his apartment, and come out to his step-mom.

The episode was so powerful that the Queer Eye team has been keeping tabs on AJ. Not only did they share the fact that AJ had gotten engaged, but they were also happy to share that he had married too.

That said, AJ isn’t the only happy marriage that the show’s cast and crew have seen since recording the first season. Earlier this month, Tom Jackson got married to his ex-wife Abby Parr (Again!).

Jackson appeared on the first episode of the season. In it, the self-proclaimed redneck rekindled the flame between him and Parr. That eventually led to the two getting married at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after the recording.

Congratulations to the happy couples!

h/t: PinkNews

One Of The 'Queer Eye' Guys Just Put A Ring On It!

One of the Queer Eye guys popped the question last night and will soon be heading down what is certain to be a very styling aisle.

At a surprise birthday party in Los Angeles at sbe's HYDE Sunset, Queer Eye’s culture expert Karamo Brown proposed to his partner of eight years, director Ian Jordan.

Dropping to one knee, Brown put a ring on it - a gorgeous David Yurman ring no less - with these words: 

“You are the funniest man I know, the kindest man, my biggest cheerleader. All of these things I accomplish, is only because when I get home, I know that I have you. You made me feel like I could do anything and I just want you to know that I hope we can conquer the world together for the rest of our lives, Ian Lamont Jordan, will you marry me?”

Surrounding the happy couple were family members, Karamo‘s two sons, their closest friends, and his Queer Eye co-stars Tan France, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski.

Watch the magic moment below via ET:



Karamo and Ian shared the news on Instagram soon after:



Even before Queer Eye, it looks like Karamo and Ian were already living a happy, stylish life: