What *Queer Eye* Can Teach You about the Media

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What *Queer Eye* Can Teach You about the Media

By: Susan Harrow

1.) Show your passion.

The Queer Eye Boys are into what they do. You can tell. Their show has such a different feeling than the spin-off *Queer Eye for the Straight Girl* which lacks chemistry and authenticity. The synergy between the hosts and guests comes through when you connect to the host and audience through your passion. Things come alive. I hate that saying, *If you can't be sincere, fake it until you can.* That's such a cop out.

It's like all this new veneered furniture with one thin layer of real wood masking pressboard or plywood. Yuk. Are you telling me you can't tell the difference between what is solid and what is fake? In *The Practician's Manual of Legerdemain* Ottawa Keyes says, *When it comes to the requirements for pleasing an audience, all the knowledge and instruction and apparatus in the world is worth less than one ounce of soul.* Ain't it so?

2.) Be cheeky.

When Carson, the head Queer Eye guy says, *Is it hot in here or is it just you?* and then almost licks some shirtless hottie blond boy we're right there with him. Yup, temperatures are rising. He makes us laugh and sweat at the same time. Loosen up a little and see what happens. Be playful. Say something a bit dangerous. Or better yet, DO something dangerous.

3.) Give good tips.

After each segment the boys give their take-home tips. These are little gems that help you remember to properly tame your tangles, manage your manners, or bolt your belt at just the right angle. Provide your audience with saucy soundbites that linger so they can keep enjoying you. Give them solid ideas that they can implement asap. I've come to think that it's not the big idea but the minutiae that is most important. Take your ideas down to the smallest level of detail so they are easy for people to implement.

4.) Show tangible visible results.

Visible transformations make audiences swoon. Can you do a before and after? In one show the *boys* helped a balding man who was married to his toupee give it up. His wife and his kids hadn't seen his head without the fake hair for many years. His willingness to finally be *seen* was dramatic. His transformation was both inner and outer. These kinds of transformations keep audiences spellbound. Think about how you can devise one for a show you want to be on.

5.) Have fun.

What makes Queer Eye so great is that everyone has such a grand time. What good is all the publicity in the world if you dread it? M. Scott Peck says *The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.* If you can let go of the outcome (no matter how important--because those are the hardest ones to let go of), you will free yourself to have a good time, anytime, anywhere, with anyone. What could be better?

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Us 08.02.2007. 05:07

Since when did being Gay become popular? I mean, geez, its like a damned fashion trend. Coming out of the closet these days is like saying you just bought a new pair of shoes. "OMG! Good for you, you should be so proud of yourself. So...do you pitch or catch?"
Then you hear in the news gays and lesbians talking about how they have overcome so much oppression...pa-lees!!! Opression from what, not like you were forced to be Gay.


Admin 08.02.2007. 05:07

Before I give my response, I will address a few others whos answers have intrigued me.....

Ramblin Robert: you pack enough s***, its time you started taking some for a change. stop sucking C****

ColoradoKid: Thank you for your common sense!

Alexander: If you are going to try and defend your queer self at least do a decent job of it. I mean what the hell is that, you might as say: "oh, yeah? well ...uh....your a doodoo head"
stupid idiot.

Jayelle: you are seriously confused. Maybe YOU have felt gay since birth but not most of us. Of course no one is going to tell a straight person that their sexuality is a trend because it is NOT a trend, it is essential to the procreation of mankind. Gay sexuality goes against every law of nature, not to mention its disgusting.

Cando 86: Drug dealers get shot up all the time, does that mean they are being opressed too? Maybe we (as the "accepting society" that we are) should show more compassion for pedophiles too. I mean, they were born that way too right? Its not their fault they are like that. Most of them don't even believe that what THEY are doing is wrong either!

None Of ur Bus..: It is not ignorance that makes a straight person intolerant of queers, it is clarity. And as far as conversion goes...what do you call "queer eye for the straight guy"? Gays ARE trying to convert the world. Without this conversion, tolerance of their sick ways would not exist...hince the "fashion trend"....because they can't sell it any other way. I mean, its not like they can say..."hey sucking **** is cool!....peer pressure peer pressure!!!!"
You idiot

biwashingtongirl: you agree with the asker, but your name starts with "bi". I am confused. However, I do applaud you nonetheless.

Kuve: do you even know the definition of the words "fashion trend"? was there something about the question that confused you? (Us, could you please re-state the question for Kuve...perhaps a little slower?) I am sorry to inform you that 10 to 12 centuries does not qualify as recent. Besides, objection to homosexuality is not a "phenom". Being gay is.

To all queers: what you are doing is sick. you should be ashamed.
To those of you who are not queer but think we should live in a tolerant society and learn to accept queers as they are I offer this following information:

1. it goes against the laws of nature. (regardless of the science that allows birth in the strangest ways that defy God). Just because we can do something, doesn't mean that we should.

2. queers cannot stop being queer. if they could, they would. Some even believe that they enjoy it.

no. 1 suggests that being gay is a choice, no. 2 offers that it is genetic.
if both of these things are true.....

therefore it must be.....
neither, instead it is a mental disorder, not unlike that of someone who has suffered brain damage.

Finally to the asker:
I whole-heartedly agree. Everytime someone says something about not liking queers...its because they are homophobic, which suggests that the person is intolerant of gay because he/she fears becoming gay.
Trust me. I am not scared that I will become gay.

so, to answer your question. Gay has become popular because the mainstream media has managed to work the issue of "Gay Rights" into the minds of the general public, constantly bombarding people with liberal thoughts of acceptance and tolerance. Oppression of other (real) cultures throughout history has guilt-tripped society into believing that we should be accepting of everyone.
don't fall for it. maintain your moral standing, its wrong, you know its wrong, teach your children that its wrong.
maybe one day we will all come to our senses.

have a nice day.


TAT 26.10.2008. 13:04

Are you a redneck or just a patriotic level headed American? ? If you think ?socialism? when you hear Barack say ?change,? then you might be a redneck.

? If you think there?s nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think slick politicians who rise from a political dung heap like Chicago might not be the fresh breeze they purport to be, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think Michael Moore is John Murtha and Joy Behar?s love child, then you might be a redneck.

? If you actually believe Obama?s close buddy Bill Ayers when he says he?s an anarchist, a Marxist and is unashamed of bombing the Pentagon and the Capitol building, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think Jeremiah Wright, Obama?s pastor for 20 years, is more unhinged than a spider monkey that just had turpentine poured on its butt, then you might be a redneck.

? If you get PO?ed because the vast majority of our college campuses spew anti-American rhetoric to your young ?uns, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think it?s kind of weird for Obama to be close friends with some of the most unpatriotic SOBs in the USA, then you might be a redneck.

? If you don?t like your kids being taught in the public schools that America is an oppressive, imperialistic country that needs a heavy dose of Marxism to make it better, then you might be a redneck.

? If you?d prefer your kids not be a part of an elementary education that has thoroughly been queered?their words, not mine?then you might be a redneck.

? If you?re looking for a new name to call acorns after this election cycle because the fraudulent voter registration group ACORN has sullied the name of this innocent nut, then you might be a redneck.

? If you like Joe the Plumber?s tax plan more than Joe ?the Bumbler? Biden?s tax scam, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think it?s patriotic to pay fewer taxes, then you might be a redneck.

? If you bitterly love your guns, Jesus, apple pie, deer hunting, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls, baseball, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, then you might be a redneck.

? If you believe Barney Frank is more of a Barney and less of a Frank, then you might be a redneck.

? If you don?t like your baby?s first grade class being bussed in to attend their lesbian teacher?s wedding, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think your lazy-eyed, evil half sister Erlene, the one with Tourette?s, is more fair and balanced than the mainstream media even on Saturday nights when she is all liquored up, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think the Fairness Doctrine is the beginning of the end of free speech, then you might be a redneck.

? If you think terrorists should be bombed into oblivion versus chatted with over tea and a smoldering hookah, then you might be a redneck.

? If you equate ?progressives? with the two Dutch weirdoes who bought the farm next door to yours and blast Boy George music from their house, have bizarre barn dances on the weekends and keep stealing your young female sheep, then you might be a redneck.

? If you don?t like it when two-year-olds, corpses, house pets, Disney Characters and child molesters get to vote (and vote often), then you might be a redneck.

? If you get teary eyed when you hear the Star Spangled Banner and proud when you see our soldiers, then you might be a redneck.

? If you mutter curse words under your breath when you see a hippie wearing a Che Guevara T-Shirt, then you might be a redneck.

If the above makes me a redneck, then man am I glad not to be equated with the walking sea cow that is John Murtha and his icky ilk.

I hope and pray to the Redneck God in heaven that all the bitter and clingy God, gun and USA loving voters will remember when they go to the polls this November 4th (before the liberals vote on November 5th) how zealously, consistently and mercilessly the lunatic left disparages them at every turn and will, therefore, cast their ?redneck? ballot for the McCain and Palin ticket.


Admin 26.10.2008. 13:04

I will take claim to the title of being a Texas conservative and if that makes me a redneck I'll wear the title proudly.


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