Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a groundbreaking show that ran from 2003 to 2007. The program featured 5 gay men who were experts in their fashionable fields who helped out hapless heterosexuals in dire need of makeovers. Flash forward to today and the new Netflix show Queer Eye for the Evangelical Guy puts a spin on the old show. The newest Queer Eye incarnation focuses on 5 gay men offering fashion advice AND a philosophical intervention for Evangelical men.
”A lot of Evangelical men never met anyone who is gay and certainly not gay and atheist,” stated Queer Eye for the Evangelical Guy showrunner Andrew Canard. “What I want to do is to challenge an Evangelical man’s love of cargo pants as well as their belief the Earth is only 10,000 years old.”
Just like the original show the “Fab Five” are experts in their field of fashion: cooking, design, personal hygiene/grooming, contemporary culture, and how to dress themselves properly. The twist of the new show is that each of the Five are also PhD’s in their field of expertise: Astronomy, Psychology, History, Philosophy, and Biblical Studies. As one of the experts gives advice in how to properly put product in one’s hair, he also gently questions the Evangleical’s horrible belief system.
”There was this one moment when one of our Evangelicals getting a makeover, William “Butter Tub” Wilson, was shown how to wash him armpits. He was then asked a variation of Plato’s Euthuphro dilemma. ‘Is God good because he is God or is God good because he does good?’ The two got into a really good conversation,” Mr. Canard remembered.
No one on the Queer Eye for the Evangelical Guy team believes they will change a homophobic young earth creationist into a Richard Dawkins fashionista. However, there is hope that perhaps they can lower the amount of ignorance and hate in the world by just a smidge.
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Andrew Hall is the author of Laughing in Disbelief. Besides writing a blog, co-hosting the Naked Diner, he wrote two books, Vampires, Lovers, and Other Strangers and God’s Diary: January 2017 . Andrew is reading through the Bible and making videos about his journey on YouTube. He is a talented stand-up comedian. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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