The Fab Five are back with a brand-new season of Queer Eye on Netflix and could we be any more excited? Bobby, Karamo, Antoni, Tan and Jonathan have all returned for Queer Eye season six, where we find ourselves in the great state of Texas.
As with previous seasons, these experts (a word some cynics might put in quotes depending on who we’re talking about) aim to improve the lives of local residents, one slice of avocado at a time.
And speaking of avocado (ahem, looking at you, Antoni), as much as the new season is enjoyable and emotional as always, it does seem odd that we’ve stopped talking about something that seemed so obvious to everyone back in season one: Queer Eye is clearly gaslighting us. This isn’t to say it isn’t a great show, but it really is trying to make us believe that each of the Fab Five do an equal amount of work to help the makeover hero at the center of each episode—a fact we know to be entirely untrue.
And in season six, this gaslighting is at an all-time high.
For those who remember the premiere season (where we first see Antoni show off his culinary skills by making, you guessed it, guacamole), you’ll recall that the Fab Five didn’t get equal screen time. As a matter of fact, some of the five wouldn’t really even get full one-on-one time with the hero depending on the episode. Despite the show’s best efforts to tell us otherwise, this left us all with the impression that some of the experts weren’t quite so important as others (and led to a lot of Antoni/avocado memes). Was this nice for the Fab Five? Perhaps not. But at least it was sliiiightly more honest.