fab five, make over my man!

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Last night, Gerald and I watched Bravo's new show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. What a great show!

If you've missed the pre-show hype, the show's premise is that five gay men are given a mission to makeover the clothes, grooming, behavior, living space, and food of a scraggly straight guy.

I was wondering if they could pull it off, without making the gay men into caricatures, or the straight man into the butt of a nasty joke. They did. It was a perfect balance. The casting was superb, the dialogue was too funny, and the editing was brilliant.

One of the best lines of the first show was when the clothing and grooming guys (Carson and Kyan) returned to the apartment with their charge, Butch. The place has been completely transformed from its original cluttered appearance by Thom, the designer. Carson is delighted, and exclaims "Oh my God, you've put a living room where the crack den used to be!"

Another nice touch is how the last part of the show is handled. Once they've dressed, groomed, and tutored their charge, they do not accompany him to his evening out. Instead, the five of them sit in a living room, watching the activity on a big flat-screen tv, and providing running commentary--sort of MST3K style. The audience gets to enjoy the jokes, but it doesn't intrude on the made-over man's experience.

Towards the end of the evening, I turned to Gerald and said "so, would you kill me if I sent them your name?" He laughed and said "of course not." Alas, it's limited to NYC-area men, so we can't do it.

All in all, the show gets a 5-out-of-5 rating from both me and my husband, which is a rarity. And we're even dumping the episodes to tape because we expect we'll want to lend them out occasionally as well as saving them to watch again.

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My friend Cody Massengill, he is 14, he majorally needs a make over, his hair is straight and is always flat, he doesn't take care of it even when I tell him to. His clothes, he wears dragons! He has had the same shoes for over three years!! He always smells so bad! I need some help, if you think you can do something email me.




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