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