Story at a glance:
- Karamo Brown, the only Black man on “Queer Eye,” said he faced “blatant” hate while filming in Texas.
- This is the first time he felt hated on the set of “Queer Eye,” and the show has been to other parts of the world.
- Brown felt that the Five Fab had to make a presence of LGBTQ+ representation in the state.
When filming in Texas for the sixth season of the hit reality series “Queer Eye,” Karamo Brown said he experienced “blatant” hate, USA Today reports.
The Netflix series is a continuation of a 2007 TV show, and in each season, the “Fab Five,” including Brown, 40, whose specialty is being a cultural expert, travel to different states and countries like Georgia, New Jersey, Japan and Pennsylvania.
However, in 2021, the crew filming in Texas stirred some controversy with Brown, according to People Magazine’s podcast, People Everyday Podcast.
“This is real conversations of coming across people who are very blatant about ‘I don’t interact with Black folks, I don’t interact with brown folks, I don’t interact with y’all gays,'” Brown said.
Every season, the Fab Five travel to different locations to improve the lives of others with their expertise in culture, food, fashion, grooming and decor. For the upcoming season of “Queer Eye,” the crew is filming in Texas, where Brown said people were “vocal” about their hatred.
The upcoming sixth season got delayed due to the pandemic and filming only resumed last spring. Brown said it was imperative that the Fab Five made its presence in the Lone Star state due to its conservatism and those who refuse to take the pandemic seriously.
Generally, Texas has policies that are not as LGBTQ+ friendly as a number of other states, some of which include the absence of a statewide nondiscrimination law that even applies to protecting one’s job.
With exceptions in more liberal-minded cities like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas is lacking in LBGTQ+ representation, Brown noted.
“This was the first time I’ve ever had people tell me after ‘I hated you,'” Brown said.
“It’s because no one has ever challenged them when it comes to their emotional or mental health. These individuals have never been challenged by someone who is Black,” he added.
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