By now, it’s clear that Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot is a massive hit. The show is well past season four, and two specials have taken the Fab Five to Australia and Japan. But what would a show like Queer Eye look like if it was fronted by all women? That question brings us the trailer for Butch Pal For the Straight Gal, a new show trying to get off the ground with a fundrasing campaign.
“If you want more queer television, you have to fight for it,” said Ally Johnson, the show’s creator, in a statement. “After a year of doing just that, it’s becoming clear that we are not alone. People all over the world want this show to exist, and by the power of Gay Jesus we’re going to make it happen!”
The Queer Eye formula is tried and true, and Butch Pal isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel: a team of gays meet a straight person who needs a makeover and self-esteem boost. But this time, we’re following five queer women — the Fierce Five — on a journey to empower straight women to embrace the things that fuel their own confidence and take more control of their lives. It’s all about the makeover by way of a makeunder.
The revamp, documented in a mocumentary style, has already recieved a stamp of approval from Jai Rodriguez, the OG culture expert from the original Queer Eye.
Butch Pal dropped a trailer earlier this month after a year in development. The team — which includes production company Driven Equation, director Assaad Yacoub of Netflix’s Cherry Pop, and a diverse cast including Emmy-winner Dot-Marie Jones — filmed a pilot episode in August after running a viral crowdfunding campaign.
Now, in the final stretch, Butch Pal is raising funds once more to complete production. Already more than 80 percent of the way to the $15,000 goal, the team has begun turning its eye to supporting the rest of the LGBTQ+ community. On Thursday (aka Thanksgiving Day), for every donation the campaign receives, a portion of the proceeds to The Trevor Project.
“Though the project itself seeks to create more queer representation in the industry, we also want to do our part to give back to the community in other ways,” Johnson says. “My wife was a volunteer counselor for them for a few years and we've always greatly valued their work.”
Anyone looking to support the campaign can do so by visiting its website here.