It’s well-known that the popular Queer Eye reboot on Netflix films in Atlanta, Georgia, in the heart of the American South. While Atlanta, as a major city, may lean towards a more open, progressive mindset on social issues, the Fab Five are mindful that they tread a place steeped in practices that aren’t always welcoming to LGBTQ people or people of color.
In a new video with Vulture the guys talk about finding that balance with the people they’re tasked with making over. “When I’m in there trying to talk to you about your receding hairline or how you’ve never worn your hair in a different way, I will not probably take that opportunity to address that you are probably a rabid republican,” said grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness.
However, Karamo Brown, whose expertise is culture, is eager to tackle the tough topics to make a connection. “I was the exact opposite,” he said, “I leaned into those moments. It was how can we have a culturally relevant conversation in this short amount of time? If it was about religion, race, politics – I didn’t mind going there. Because if you can’t get to the core of what someone’s feeling and say, you know what, I hear you, I see you, and I respect you, now I need you to see, and hear, and respect me, then there would be no point of us being there.” Watch, below.