Queer Eye: 7 Problems The Fab Five Faced & Behind-The-Scenes Details About The Show

All about the Fab Five who have captured viewers hearts!

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The Netflix fan-favorite show 'Queer Eye' has captured viewers that make sure to never skip an episode.

The show consists of the Fab Five, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, and Bobby Berk.

The 'Queer Eye' guys have really taken the world by storm, taking the idea of good makeover to an entirely new level, showing the power of inner and outer beauty.

Of course, many fans of the show are obsessed with behind-the-scenes facts, and that there are a few aspects of the show that are considered a bit problematic. 


Here are 7 problems the Fab Five faced & behind-the-scenes details about the show!

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1Tan France tried to quit 'Queer Eye' multiple times.

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In an interview with Insider, Tan France opened up about wanting to quit 'Queer Eye' because he was "scared of the cameras and pressures."

"After I accepted the job, I was going to quit before I started shooting because I was too scared of the pressure," France revealed.

"Then, episode three, I tried to quit again because I was too scared of the cameras and, again, the pressure of being part of this community so publicly and having to speak for a community."

France said he fought through the self-doubt, realizing he just had to be himself, which offered him enough comfort to continue.

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2Antoni was the last person to be chosen for the Fab Five.

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According to CNN, Danielle Gervais, the senior vice president of casting & talent at ITV America, and Gretchen Palek, the co-president of Leftfield Pictures, are the two women responsible for finding the Fab Five.

"Everybody has their turn to come in and we sort of started to see this sort of bond form a little bit with Karamo and Bobby," Gervais recalled. "And then Tan kind of fell into the mix and then all of a sudden, we brought in Jonathan and then it felt like, wow." 

"Then Antoni came in and all of a sudden it was the five of them. It was like putting together a magic puzzle."

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3Viewers have repeatedly pointed out the problematic aspects of 'Queer Eye.'

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Many viewers of the hit show have pointed out that there are aspects of 'Queer Eye' that are rather problematic.

Despite the spectrum of queerness on the show, with Jonathan Van Ness identifying as non-binary, as well as Tan France and Karamo Brown being men of color, many people argue that these personalities are not exactly nuanced.

In an op-ed for The Spin-Off, writer Sam Brooks acknowledges the problems on the show.

“The problem wasn’t with the show,” Brooks wrote. “The problem was with the culture."

"The problem was that because people had seen the show, because people had seen the contrived spectrum of queer maleness that it cultivated, they thought that they knew me.”

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4The Fab Five do not pick who gets featured on the show.

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According to Variety, the Fab Five have absolutely no say over who appears on the show.

"That’s a testament to the incredible casting people on this show. They really picked people who are super vulnerable, and very much ready and had a ton of compassion," Antoni said.

Tan continued, saying, "It makes it a more authentic, real experience."

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5Karamo Brown and Antoni Porowski Previously Had "Extreme Conflict."

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Karamo Brown, who had published his first memoir in March 2019, opened up to E! News about his turbulent friendship with Antoni Porowski.

"My castmate from 'Queer Eye', Antoni, people didn't know that we had an extreme amount of conflict," Brown told E!. "We did not talk to each other at all during season 1, even though we were shooting together."

"On camera, it was always about that person and about creating something successful, so that was genuine," Brown continued. "Before we would go on camera, we would say to each other, 'This is not about us. It's about this person.'"

"Off camera, the minute that camera stopped rolling, 'Girl don't come near me.' And vice versa, he didn't want me to come near him."

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6Bobby Berk wants to film a season in the UK.

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In an interview with Digital Spy, Bobby Berk revealed that he wouldn't mind filming a season of 'Queer Eye' in the UK.

"I would definitely love to go overseas again. I would love to do a UK edition," Berk said.

"It's a great thing for us, because we get to keep doing the show, but it mixes things up a little bit," he continued. "We never want to feel like we're going on autopilot. And sometimes, when we're doing a lot of episodes in the same city, it can get that way."

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7Karamo Brown joined the March for Our Lives Demonstration in 2018.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where in early 2018 an active shooter killed 17 people in the school.

One of the victims in the fatal shooting had been one of Brown's former classmates, Aaron Feiss who worked as an assistant football coach at the high school.

Brown joined the March for Our Lives demonstration, explaining that it was a way to advocate for change and call for gun reform in the US. 

"To see that school, my high school, on television, and students be running out of the same hallways that I used to walk around gleefully broke my heart," he told EW. 

"You know, not only as an alum, but also as a parent now, thinking about those precious lives that were lost, it means it’s time for change. Enough is enough."

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Nia Tipton is a writer living in Brooklyn. She covers pop culture, social justice issues, and trending topics. Follow her on Instagram.