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The Queer Eye franchise is expanding to include a new show to “fix” straight women:

    The women of America will soon have their chance to be criticized, stylized and lionized by a team of fashionable gay men.

    Cable television network Bravo on Wednesday said it will create a women’s version of its smash hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” in which a team of five gay men, the “Fab Five,” show a heterosexual man how to dress, dine and design.

    A Bravo spokesman said many of the details for “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” were yet to be worked out, including how many men would star on the show and whether or not the format would be exactly the same as “Straight Guy.”

    The new series, which will be set in Los Angeles, is expected to debut next year.

    “Queer Eye” has consistently set new ratings records for Bravo, propelling it into the upper echelons of cable networks. [Reuters]

Okay now, if the new show is going to be the “same” in terms of dynamics, then wouldn’t the women’s show feature lesbians advising the straight women? Just asking.

Regarding the original show, I’ve watched it a few times and found it funny, informative and even touching. The most significant thing about the show, I think, is that it shows a positive interrelationship between straights and gays, where straights learn valuable skills and perspectives from gays, not just the bloodless nonrelationship of “tolerance.” It shows straight America that it’s okay to like and respect gays, and it shows gays that straights aren’t all hopeless puds.

Gay men advising straight women on how to dress, dine and design isn’t comparably revolutionary: in fact, isn’t it the norm?

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  • JR

    The women of America will soon have their chance to be criticized, stylized and lionized by a team of fashionable gay men.

    Oh man, BAD idea. Not to generalize here (although isn’t that what these shows are all about?), but in my experience gay men don’t know how to make women attractive. They actually think short hair looks good!

  • Joe

    Gross stereotype: I’m seeing lots of baggie sweatshirts and ballcaps.

  • HW Saxton Jr.

    I feel Isaac Mizrahi would agree with you Eric.

  • Eric Olsen

    Isn’t he a designer of some sort? I don’t know much about fashion.

  • HW Saxton Jr.

    Yes,he is Eric. He’s a world reknowned
    Fashion designer.He has recently been
    featured on a series of commercials for
    K-Mart stores here out west.His recent
    TV appearances leave little to no doubt
    as to his sexual preference.Nothing wrong with that of course.

  • Eric Olsen

    Are there ANY straight male designers of women’s clothes?

  • HW Saxton Jr.

    Weeeeeeeelll,there is a strip bar in Vegas where the men can pick out various
    outfits(nurse,cheerleader,etc)for the ladies to peel off in their “act”.Does
    this count?

  • IluvIdol

    I agree that this is a bad idea.

    For starters, shouldn’t the counterparts to the fab 5 on this new show because a group of “lipstick” lesbians? Oh wait, “Chasing Amy” taught us that cute “lipstick” lesbians are FIGMENTS OF OUR F**KING IMAGINATION!

    Secondly, aren’t straight women experts on fashion for straight women?

    The whole concept of Queer eye is based on the fact that straight guys are NOT into fashion, thus you need a gay guy to show you how to look good.

    This concept doesn’t work when translated to women, unless it’s simply straight women helping straight women. But that’s nothing new.

  • “Queer Eye for the [Heterosexual] Girl”? Isn’t that already covered 24/7 by the Style Channel???

  • Eric Olsen