The Netflix series “Queer Eye” is a makeover show that is on the up and up. Queer Eye is led by five gay men that come from all different backgrounds and have very different stories. Along with that, they bring different things to the table in terms of how they give the individual on that episode a makeover. Throughout their process of the makeoever they try to understand the individuals that they are making over and hopefully have those people feel the same. They bring up topics of race, religion, gender and sexual preference and talk about things that most people don’t like to talk about or bring up. They break down the boundary of sensitive, uncomfortable and difficult conversations which encourages others to be aware of these situations and possibly have the interest to talk about these topics more frequently or at least educate themselves on these topics.
The show first would makeover cisgender, straight men. However, they have now started to makeover all different types of people. In season 2, episode 5 they makeover a trans man named Skylar. This is the first trans person on the show. This is important because trans individuals do not have a lot of recognition in the media. However, in the article Netflix’s Queer Eye doesn’t do right by the First Trans Man on the Show, the author, who is also a trans man, thinks the show did not represent him right. The author begins by pointing out that it is invasive of Skylar to watch his top surgery and view it on their show for the whole world to see. Although I think that the producers and everyone else involved in the makings of the episode would have had to get permission to get a hold of that clip, I agree that it was something that was private and special to Skylar, and he didn’t even seem like he knew they saw it when they addressed it. Getting a surgery like that can be so expensive and a huge milestone in that person’s life. It is a huge step in becoming the person they have always been, but finally feeling like their body matches who they are. Something cisgender people don’t have to think about while growing up and developing.
Another point that this author brings up is that Tan, one of the main characters that is in charge of the wardrobe portion of the makeover, uses his conversations with Skylar as an educational moment. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with that. That is what this show is about. Learning and understanding others that are different from you. Tan asks Skylar about preferred pronouns and if someone were to use the pronouns for Skylar incorrectly, how that would affect him. Skylar’s response was that he has never felt like a girl and does not identify as one, and he has put in all of this work along with pain and suffering to feel comfortable in his own skin and to identify inside and out as a man and to have others identify him as a man, being called her or she rips all of that away. How would you like it if someone looked at you and called you a different gender than you identify with?
The conversation between Tan and Skylar is important to note too because Tan claims that he is not immersed within the community so he feels ignorant and uneducated. Not everyone in the queer community knows about all situations because they are all very different. I feel like the public often looks at minority communities in a monolithic way and it is very common for people to group the LGBTQ community together as a whole when they are all very different individuals experiencing very different things. I think that it was important for Tan to ask the questions he did because it breaks that boundary of keeping quiet about things and not opening up and trying to understand others.
I think this show does a very good job and bringing up extremely important social issues and educates others who view this show on these topics. It shows how everyone has a story and something that makes them unique. It shows how everyone is special and different in their own ways. It emphasizes how it is important to try and understand others that are different from you. This specific episode was good at showing the reality of what transgender individuals have to go through that cisgender people never have to think about.