Episode 3: Dega Don’t
I know I’m going to get some flack for putting this one as worst, but I have a really good explanation as to why. Just hear me out. Cory, the subject, is a Trump supporter and no one said/did anything about it. That’s kind of bad, right?
Let’s start from the beginning. While Karamo, the culture guy, is driving the Fab Five through Winder, Georgia, they get pulled over. Immediately you can see the fear on his face. Watching a person of color interact with a police officer is one of the most anxiety-riddled, fear-inducing activities ever. Of course, it’s revealed that the officer is Cory’s co-worker—yes, Cory is a cop—and that they’re not in trouble. Uh. Not cool. Really not cool.
They get to Cory’s house and see that Cory has Trump lawn signs in his basement along with all of his NASCAR shit. You hear those? Yeah, those are warning bells. I was basically screaming at the Fab Five to get out and never look back.
Of course, they embark on the makeover. Bobby, the design expert, redesigns the house in order to condition Cory into spending more time upstairs with his family instead of in the basement with the Trump signs. It’s unclear how effective that was.
Tan takes Cory to a big and tall store to find clothes that actually fit, including a pretty decent suit. Antoni, the food expert, shows Cory how to put raw avocado and grapefruit on a plate. Riveting.
Jonathan, the grooming expert—love that binch—is just his funny, charming, goofy self. He helps Cory bond with his daughters through making a sugar scrub, which is actually cute as hell.
Karamo… I’m really not sure what Karamo’s job is as “culture” guy. He buys the family tickets for Finding Neverland.
Karamo’s main contribution here, though, is a conversation with Cory about police violence. They first bond over hip hop and cars, and then they get into what seems like a pretty constructive conversation about what it’s like on opposing sides. They agree that they people need to talk to each other and actually listen for anything to get done.
Though I really was moved by this conversation, I don’t think that they did what they set out to do. Cory voted for Trump, and the Fab Five didn’t really confront him about how that impacts them. Though by the end Cory begs them to stay, they didn’t talk about “acceptance” as they said they would in episode 1. Just like Karamo changed his mind a little bit about police violence, this was a huge missed opportunity to try to get him to realize how his voting affects the LGBTQ+ population. I don’t understand why they ignored it and that’s why, on top of Cory’s entire butch-man-who-neglects-his-family thing, I thought this was the worst episode.