How the loud-and-proud Fab Five were able to find success in a country that lags behind others when it comes to LGBTQ issues.
It’s no secret that Japan is playing catchup with a lot of the Western world in regards to LGBTQ issues. However, one group that appears to be giving the country a nudge in the right direction is the “Fabulous Five” from the Netflix smash hit show Queer Eye.
After airing two popular seasons, the stars of the show have travelled to Japan to film scenes for their third series, and as we wait to see what they get up to during their stay, our Japanese-language reporter Anji mulled over their success, giving us five reasons why the show has become a hit in this country.
1. The personality of each cast member
A show with likeable characters is the first step to success for any program, and Queer Eye gives us not one, but five loveable personalities, each with different characters that viewers can relate to.
▼ Not only do they look good on the outside; they’re equally beautiful on the inside too.
They have a natural charisma and their open, friendly approach to people makes you want to be friends with them, as you get to know them for who they are as people, regardless of their sexuality.
In a country that prides itself on formalities and places importance on “keeping face” and conforming to social standards, the openness of the Fab Five are like a breath of fresh air for people in Japan. And while each member of the cast has experienced adversity in the past, they’ve risen above it all to become the people they are today, which adds to their inspirational appeal.
2. They use their expertise to help people without looking down on them
Each member of the Fab Five specialises in a certain field, which is used to help makeover individuals who appear on the show. Antoni, for instance, gives tips on food and wining and dining for family, friends and lovers.
▼ Bobby helps people out with interior design.
▼ Jonathan is in charge of grooming, keeping things light with an awesome sense of humour as well.
▼ Tan is the go-to guy for advice on fashion.
And Karamo deals with culture and matters of the heart, helping to connect with people and transforming their self-hindering mindsets and points-of-view.