Queer Eye's Tan France says some contestants actually asked if he was a terrorist

Louis Staples
Friday 11 May 2018 14:30
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Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye instantly won over viewers, but the show’s resident fashion expert has revealed that filming wasn’t all fun and games.

In a new interview with Refinery29, France opened up about some Islamaphobic rhetoric he experienced while filming the show.

He said:

My accent throws people off. People don’t know where I’m from

When I made it clear that I was Middle Eastern, two of our heroes had asked, ‘Are you a terrorist?’ and it was a very honest question for them. They weren’t trying to be funny.

France explained that Queer Eye is about bridging divides, which meant coming face-to-face with Trump-supporting Republicans.

This isn't meant to be a liberals vs. Republicans show at all, but it gives an opportunity for a very honest conversation and we aren’t just talking to that person, we’re talking to everybody at home who’s watching, thinking, ‘We feel this way about gay people, Middle Eastern people, Black people.’

In the first season, the “Fab Five” made over a police officer. This lead to a frank discussion between African-American cast member Karamo Brown regarding Black Lives Matter.

Scenes concerning Islamophobia may have ended up on the cutting room floor, but with season two approaching, France is hopeful that the issue might make it to our screens soon.

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