Queer Eye: Beyond Reality TV

Listen up people — there’s a new show in town. Out of all of the quasi-reality television that we have proudly consumed in our lifetimes, “Queer Eye has been the most earth-shattering, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, uplifting, barrier-crossing, awe-inspiring thing that we here at 4E have ever seen.

If you’re looking for some politically-conscious-yet-mindless-content, this is the show for you.

Ever wondered what would happen if five gay men traveled around Georgia (that’s the state, @SFSers) fixing ~sadbois~?

The answer is glorious. This show has everything: makeovers, drama, love, friendship, tears, wine and even redneck margaritas.

In all seriousness, “Queer Eye” aims to cross the political, racial, and social boundaries that have been dividing our country as of late.

Before you start watching, let us tell you how, why, and to what extent the “Fab 5” will change your life.

1. Karamo: “Culture Expert”/Life Coach

In addition to being impeccably groomed, Karamo gives you all the tools you need to reach inside yourself, find that inner worth and show it to the world #LetThatLittleLightShine.

Karamo was a social worker for 10 years, serving LGBTQ youth throughout the South. Now he is helping out an equally needy and oft-overlooked population: sad, aging men.

This man is the soul of the show. Karamo is always there at the pivotal moments, ensuring that the men have been made over, both inside and out.

Favorite Moment: Episode 3, “Dega Don’t”

Karamo and Cory’s drive back from Atlanta. You’ll understand once you see it.

2. Bobby: “Design Expert”/Home Improvement Wizard

An underappreciated talent, Bobby takes the sadbois’ dingy mancaves and transforms them into livable, ~lit~ homes. He’s constantly on the go, perfecting spaces in a blur of hot pink shorts and dazzling platinum hair.

Watch as he reduces grown men to tears with the mere words “marble countertop.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 5, “Camp Rules”

Bobby’s gardening sesh with Bobby Camp: the seeds of a beautiful friendship are sown.

3. Jonathan: “Grooming Expert”/Yass Kween

The fan favorite of QE, Jonathan’s starring turn as the show’s beauty guru has already led to the creation of a whole new lexicon of iconic sayings, including “Can you believe?” and “Strugs to func.”

Jonathan embraces everyone’s beauty, turning ugly ducklings into majestic, sexy, well-groomed swans.

We cannot get enough of this man. Please, please adopt us.

Favorite Moment: ALL OF THEM!

There are literally so many, we could not choose just one favorite moment.

4. Tan: “Fashion Expert”/Patterned Shirt Aficionado

Tan is the ultimate sweetheart. Though he is, without a doubt, a fashion expert, Tan knows that the key to style is feeling good about yourself inside and out. This quote says it all: “Style is not fashion. Fashion is not trendy after a season. I couldn’t give a sh*t about fashion. Style is dressing the way that you feel confident, and what is appropriate for you, your age [and] body type.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 2, “Saving Sasquatch”

The moment when Tan and Neal bond over their cultural similarities.

5. Antoni: “Food & Wine Expert”/Eye Candy

Ugh, where to start? Antoni is living proof that you can cook up a mean grilled cheese for one and still be bougie af #CollegeInspiration.

Not to mention: I really didn’t think that “supreming” a grapefruit could be sexy but alas, I was wrong.

By the end of the season, we think you’ll agree that Antoni’s feelings about avocados = OUR feelings about him ;).

Favorite Moment: Episode 6, “The Renaissance of Remington”

Antoni making mac n’ cheese with Remy’s mom will make your heart melt like a hunk of cheddar on a hot griddle. This boy knows how to woo a mama.

*swoons*

Now that you’ve met the Fab 5, we hope you take their advice to heart and become the best you that you can be. “Queer Eye” is the show of a modern America, one nation under Fab, all together.

 Whether you’re black, white, straight, gay, or however you identify, “Queer Eye” is here for us all.

So what are you waiting for? Pretend to sexile your roommate, snuggle up under those blankies, open Netflix, and start watching.

*curtsies*

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, netflix.com, 

Dating Advice from Donald Trump

Hear ye, hear ye! A proclamation to all the Georgetown romantics looking for or currently involved in a loving relationship: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You may think that you are an expert on the lovely world of dating, but there can only be one true master. And that master just happens to be the President of the United States. We here at 4E have searched for and archived some of our new President’s greatest pieces of advice just for you!

Follow this advice and you can be            just like The Donald!

Have no tolerance for cheaters.

The fall of 2012 was a rocky time for everyone’s former favorite celebrity couple, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. With allegations of cheating by Kristen Stewart running amuck, many were outraged–including America’s very own, Donald Trump.

In the span of approximately one month, our President tweeted a total of 6 times voicing his opinions on what Robert Pattinson should do about his former partner’s infidelity. The rampage begins with the following remarks made on October 17, 2012:

While this tweet includes a few troubling remarks, the overall message is clear–Robert Pattinson should not tolerate cheating and neither should you.

Have high standards for yourself.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are not the only celebrity couple Donald Trump felt the irresistible desire to weigh in on. He also simply had to tell the world his opinion of Katy Perry and Russel Brand as well. On October 16, 2014, Donald Trump sent the following tweet.

Considering he is the father of two daughters, it should come as no surprise that Donald Trump has taken the “over-protective-dad” approach to this one. He only wants the best for Katy and you. Find yourself a significant other who’s got more going on than Russel Brand and don’t settle for anything less.

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Don’t date unattractive people (inside and out).

On August 28, 2012, Donald Trump offered a compliment to the husband of Arianna Huffington for his decision to divorce his wife.

Donald Trump raises some very important points here. Physical and emotional attraction are key for any relationship to flourish. In this tweet, Donald Trump also displays a clear understanding of how sexuality works–Arianna Huffington’s former husband was clearly so repulsed by the unattractiveness of his wife that he became gay.

If this does not show Donald Trump’s support of LGBTQ rights, I don’t know what does.

Don’t date your daughter.

While I thought this was an unspoken rule, Donald Trump has made it very clear that you should not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, date your daughter–no matter how attracted you are to her.

Donald Trump has often made remarks on the physical beauty of his daughter, Ivanka, in the past. In fact, on one 2006 episode of ABC’s “The View,”  “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” I guess a biological, paternal relationship is simply an unfortunate deal breaker for our president.

That’s it for now kids! If you simply follow Donald Trump’s advice, you will wake up on Valentine’s Day with a relationship as strong and genuine as his and Melania’s.

Photos/gifs: twitter.com, giphy.com 

Lovingly Defiant: An Interview With Alexandra Waldon, Hannah Hauer-King, Tim DeVita, and Dillon Brooks

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Click the photo to see the Facebook debate surrounding this photo through The HuffPost Politics.

On March 24th, many students awoke to find their Facebook newsfeeds covered in links to articles about Proposition 8, DOMA and the recent demonstrations in front of the United States Supreme Court Building. These articles struck a chord with many students on the Hilltop due to the proximity of the protests, but this experience was amplified when some of the most iconic and widely circulated photos from the protest were those of four Georgetown students. Some of these pictures were featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Vancouver Sun, The Los Angeles Times, and even several international newspapers including the cover of El Espectador. These four students, Alexandra Waldon (COL ’15), Hannah Hauer-King (COL ’14), Tim DeVita (COL ’14), and Dillon Brooks (COL ’15), were kind enough to answer my questions about their experience and their thoughts on the LGBTQ movement as a whole.

When Waldon and Hauer-King were asked to describe the general atmosphere of the rally they said in an email:

We arrived pretty early at around 7.30am and there were only a few protestors out, but it felt very much like the calm before the storm. We weren’t sure what to expect, so we started just chatting with reporters waiting on the crowds and witnessed the Westboro Baptist Church campaigners who there as early as we were. It was pretty shocking seeing the kind of posters and propaganda they were carrying.

The next thing we knew, it began to fill up with other equality supporters, and then the atmosphere was one of complete love and positivity. There was such a huge sense of community, unlike anything either of us have ever felt before, and such an array of generations and contexts; allies, young people, human right activists, anyone who had an interest or a dedication to promoting equality had a welcome place, and that was kind of fantastic.

DeVita shared this same sentiment:

I felt really happy to be there. It was both really emotional and really empowering in some ways as well. I feel as though the LGBTQ movement in general hasn’t gotten as much publicity as other movements because we are so small in proportion to the other minorities within the United States, and we don’t really have one key figurehead leader. Being there was really special, especially because the whole time I was there, I was texting a lot of my gay friends from all over the country and my gay brother and even though they weren’t there, it felt as though they were there with me. It really made me feel like change is happening.

Amidst all of this excitement, all four of them got swept up in that atmosphere of “complete love and positivity,” which was captured in the photographs. Many major publications joined the protestors and immortalized the moments of defiance. Out of what was sure to have been an innumerable number of photos of many different protestors, several photos of these students stood out. When asked about how it felt to see their pictures so widely publicized, Brooks remarked:

I’m still sort of in disbelief that the pictures blew up the way they did. Tim and I weren’t even planning on making out in front of the Westboro Baptist Church [protestors] but once we did, everyone around us went crazy. I think that the pictures are great because of the juxtaposition between the Westboro Baptist Church’s hate and the loving kiss between me and Tim, Hannah and Alex. I can’t wait to show my (very future) kids the picture someday. I feel like in 30 years this country will look back on the [way] in which the government treated LGBT rights with shame.

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Waldon and Hauer-King described the moment in a similar manner of disbelief:

It was completely surreal, especially when looking back to those moments when we were taking the photos. What started as us wanting just a snapshot [for ourselves] on an iPhone of us sticking it to the man suddenly became this internet sensation. I remember having our friend take that photo in front of the WBC protestors, having them screaming homophobic slurs in our ear, and then suddenly looking up and seeing about 30 members of the press snapping our pictures and asking for commentary [see below]. It was completely insane, and we could have never anticipated the response it generated.

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The [photo in The] NY Times [see below] was almost more special because it just a captured a moment which I think for us wasn’t about defiance but rather positivity and pride in being part of this movement.

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The popularity of these photos spread beyond The Hilltop, however. DeVita discussed not only the effect of these of the photographs on his Georgetown peers, but also the impact they had back at home:

My family moved right after I graduated from high school so I wasn’t out to all the people that I lived at home with, like people I went to grade school with and people who weren’t my best friends. Having [those photos] shower the Internet [means] I’m out to the world now. I don’t think there’s a single person in my life who hasn’t seen those.

When these photos were published, the four were widely publicized as Georgetown students. When asked about how they felt about the environment surrounding the LGBTQ community at the University, Waldon and Hauer-King responded:

Even though Georgetown is indeed a Jesuit university, I think it is unwise to try and necessarily associate it as a school averse to LGBTQ issues. I don’t feel my identity as a Georgetown student is at all compromised or contradictory to mine as a member of the LGBTQ community or that of the Jewish community. Georgetown was the first Catholic university to have a LGBTQ center, and I think the press is sensationalizing any aversion Georgetown would have to seeing its students campaigning for the equality of the LGBTQ community.

Brooks commented on the support he has received from, not only family and friends, but his professors:

A few reporters asked us if we felt supported by the university and we both answered yes. I even shared the photo with my theology professor and she [was very supportive when she] responded to it.

The influence of these pictures reached even beyond the United States. DeVita, having spent the fall abroad in South Africa, commented on the support he’s received from his international friends:

My friends in Holland have shared my [photos] multiple times and my friends in Thailand and South Africa have also been so proud. I feel like South Africans don’t see this as an issue because they have gay discrimination protections in the constitution. Living there for six months made me see how hypocritical it is for us to call ourselves a free country with discrimination such as DOMA.

While these four students have felt supported by the university as a whole, acceptance from all individual members of the student body is not yet evident. Furthermore, they were not looking to be immersed in these moments of Internet fame — the immediacy and power of photos in the media was enough to cause it to happen. They were not hoping to make a statement individually but rather to add their voices to the many fighting for marriage equality. They are Georgetown students who found their way onto the front page through their loving defiance.

Photo: The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The VanCouver Sun

Guide Grooves: Macklemore and Ellie Goulding

Guide Grooves from October 12 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

This edition of Guide Grooves is probably the most exciting post to date, mostly because my colleagues at The Guide picked two awesome artists and they both made amazing albums. Ellie Goulding’s unique voice was crafted into an edgier and more interesting album than 2011’s “Lights,” while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released an album with more than a few instant hits.

Halcyon — Ellie Goulding Her voice is just so captivating. And this song beautifully showcases her voice with strong drum beats, a melodious backdrop and a light smattering of guitar. Perfection.

My Blood — Ellie Goulding The Guide’s review called this the song to download on this album. It’s beautiful, and the chorus oozes with feeling.

Cowboy Boots — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Forget Thrift Shop (even though it’s probably the catchiest song on the album). This is the most underrated song album (it’s an awesome late-night chill song) and the chorus has a folk quality that Macklemore effortlessly integrates into his own rap.

Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis I can’t describe this song better than The Guide’s review: This song is an “uplifting piano-pounding, stomp-along flash of studio genius from Ryan Lewis. Macklemore holds nothing back; his flow is precise, and the low bass kick coupled with horns that appear halfway through propel it further.”

I also have to have a shout out to what is probably the most eloquent and wonderfully crafted social commentary I’ve had the pleasure to listen to: “Same Love” is simultaneously a straight-forward and unequivocal endorsement of LGBT equality and a blistering social commentary on stereotypes, prejudices and negative portrayals on homosexuality in society in general and rap in particular. Watch the music video. I cried almost as hard at the video as I did at the end of Toy Story 3. It’s also hard to ignore the spirited endorsement of LGBT equality from an rapper as mainstream as Macklemore in an album that is proving to be one of the most well-received and influential of the year.

Don’t Make ‘Em Like You — Ne-Yo (feat. Wiz Khalifa) Instant high school dance song. I could definitely picture myself dirty dancing to this song at some point within the next few weeks.

So Many Details — Toro y Moi I included this song for those of you with more eclectic tastes. This indie band released the single today in advance of their December album.

Better — K’naan Who is your favorite Canadian rapper? Mine is definitely NOT Drake. It’s K’naan. And if you’re still deciding, you must listen to this song.

Skyfall — Adele This is the song that will play during the opening credits of the upcoming James Bond movie. As if you needed another reason to get excited for James Bond.

Verbatim: National Coming Out Day

In honor of National Coming Out Day, 4E reached out to GU Pride President Meghan Ferguson (COL ’15) for a little insight to this important day.

Coming Out Day is something that is celebrated across the country. It is a day where we, the LGBTQ and Allied community, come together to celebrate our identities and increase the visibility of our community.  At Georgetown, every year we hand out ‘I Am’ t-shirts that everyone wears on Coming Out Day as a sign of visibility and solidarity. I remember last year being so excited to see so many people wearing the shirts; knowing how extensive the community is, is invaluable.  The other main event for the day is the annual Affection-In in Red Square, where same-sex couples will gather in Red Square and hold hands, hug, or kiss, as a way to make ourselves visible as a community on campus and to show that we are proud of who we are.