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Why Google Reader Had To Die

Seriously? Do you really love Google Reader and were you really still using it? I think the signs are obvious and the reality of the situation to me, leads me to say, “Duhhh.” But that would just be childish of me and some of you that are reading this are upset and feel that you’ve lost an awesome tool to read and organize your news.

The first and biggest issue at hand to me is the fascination with RSS. You realize RSS usage has been dying a slow death since it’s inception, right? Well, if you weren’t aware of the balloon in the corner whining it’s last breath as all the air was let out, his name is RSS. Let’s take a look at this Google Trend of a simple term, “RSS.”

Death of RSS

As you can see above, the sloping mountain that is plummeting towards a big ZERO, is our friend RSS and the Google search interest around that specific keyword. The peak of growth for the specific word RSS was in January 2006. Ever since then, it’s been all down hill for the Interest in RSS.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved RSS and used it religiously. I thought RSS was one of the best organizational methods to get notifications of news, blog posts and popular articles that were trending up. Google Reader served it’s purpose and almost served it’s last breath serving up the “typical RSS” reader users content for the day. Where did all those people go though?

RSS was transferred over into a more consumer-friendly application that every day people knew how to use, abuse and consume. Those apps are called Pulse, FlipBoard and Google Currents. Wait a second, “Google” currents, you got that right, they’re not out of the game. The interest and focus has turned over to the fastest growing niche since the invention of the Internet. Mobile. Mobile growth in smartphones and tablets has seen a phenomenal adoption that some have been touting for years.

Mobile Growth is the Death of Google Reader

In the above graphic you can clearly see the amazing growth of smartphone sales and tablet sales. Who’s not winning the race anymore? Desktop PCs and all of us awesome people that use Google Reader are on Desktop PCs. I’m not aware of a smartphone Google Reader App, nor am I aware of a tablet Google Reader App that is currently available. As you can see from the Business Insider graphic that has a great article on the future of mobile associated with it, the number of mobile devices will dwarf the number of PCs in a very short time.

So, where will Google engineers be hanging their hats in place of Google Reader in my opinion? Most likely, Google Currents will be getting their love, development time and will also be getting people’s eyeballs.

Google Reader VS Google Currents

As you can see from the Google Trend above, the current has been redirected into another Google product. The red trend line is “Google Currents” and the blue line is “Google Reader” from 2004 to 2013 present worldwide search interest levels according to Google Trends. As one bites the dust, one has been created to take over the interest of users to consume news, new blog posts and articles that are popular. The correlation is uncanny of Google Reader hitting a wall in 2012 and Google Currents being launched and taking away that traffic and interest in the other Google product.

Google Reader Competition

Just to get the final point across, you can see that RSS continued it’s downward slope in interest starting in 2006. In mid-2009 was the start of a new Google Reader competitor that was fed by mobile growth in smartphones and tablets. The above graphic shows when the Pulse App newsreader was launched in mid-2009 with FlipBoard quick to follow, or should we say quick to clone?

Now let’s be fair, everyone brought something different to the table and Google Currents was no different launching in 2012. The mobile adoption is on and RSS usage in it’s “old form” is out and so is Google Reader. To be fair, people will still use the technology of RSS but the technology of it is falling into the background with the simplicity of apps, this is why Google Reader had to die. Let it rest in peace and make the transition like all the other cool people.

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  1. Eric

    March 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I see that this website offers RSS. What are you waiting to remove that ‘obsolete’ service?

  2. Eric

    March 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The network of news sites and bloggers work with these non-real people (as you imply them to be) devouring each other’s news and building on them. They also use the social tools that real people use, but only as a complement. Then they share what they consider to be the best news via their websites and social networks and this trickles down to “real” people like you.
    Usually, you don’t get the full perspective of what is happening, but the tip of the iceberg. The most sensational and viral.
    This decision of Google will not kill anything other than the trust in Google (from non-real people, those that must decide whether developing in their appengine or Amazon). RSS will not disappear. However, the disappearance of RSS as you predict would impact the news and blog ecosystem so much that the amount of news trickling down via the social networks and pretty apps like Flipboard would be impacted. Luckily your analytics is flawed and this will not happen.
    Those of us that like to be completely informed will find another news aggregator to connect our current RSS clients to and will browse every news article from our trusted source. I mean everyone, not only those that someone else choose to pass down. In the mean time, “normal people” will be awed by the cool GUI of Flipboard and will learn only what other decide that you should read. No wonder why you are not aware about the many Google Reader clients. You are just another uninformed real person, as you call yourself in an effort to insult us. .

    BTW, as a clarification to those who don’t know, the importance of Google Reader is not the client. I never used their web UI or official client (3rd parties were much better). There importance is in aggregation and sync. You never read and article twice. After you read and article in the phone it is flagged as read in the server. Then when you open your tablet then you continue where you left. Seamlessly. Local amd international newspapers (hint: CNN is biased, sometimes), rare but intelligent blog authors that are never showcased in Pulse or Currents…there is plenty of stuff that I enjoy that my friends don’t. Some people don’t have personal interests and flow with the trends…monkey see, monkey do. Others use RSS.

  3. dd

    March 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Joel, never read an article from you before, but after reading this one I doubt I will read another.
    Your overabundant use of the word “trending” as well as your tone both in the article and your replies to comments speaks volumes of the copious amounts of kool-aid you must consume daily.
    Reader is an extremely useful news aggregate for those who actually want to see all of articles from their news feeds and chose from the title/snippets which ones actually interest them, rather than leave it up to an algorithm to supposedly decide which articles will most interest them.
    I view Reader several times every day and with at least 100+ feeds.
    It is an invaluable tool for many, both in itself and for many other apps and blogs that use its API.
    As far as Google resources being better used elsewhere, that is a lame statement at best considering the minuscule amount of resources needed for a project that has not been greatly updated in quite some time and without the need of a lot of development on Google part at this point. Google has its reasons, but a lack of resources is not one of them.
    Bad move on Google’s part, period, and I hope they re-evaluate their decision based on their core loyal users.
    Try taking the arrogance out of your thinking as well as your writing and you might see things differently… but somehow I don’t see either happening.

  4. rose new

    March 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    The article says ” I’m not aware of a smartphone Google Reader App, nor am I aware of a tablet Google Reader App that is currently available.”
    I have used several smartphone & tablet Google Reader Apps, from independent developers. Today a search of Apple’s store nets dozens of highly rated popular RSS Apps from independent developers.
    All of these utilize Google Reader. e.g. Newsify, Feeddler, Reeder, Mr. Reeder and many more.
    If anyone knows of an RSS App on IOS that uses an alternative to Google Reader: please recommend and let me know
    To cite Pulse or Flipboard or other limited prepackaged news readers as an advancement over RSS Reader subscriptions is just sad. They are “easy” for people to use? They do your selecting and your thinking for you?
    Google Reader, and the tablet apps that run using it, will be a tremendous loss to me, and I am hardpressed trying to think how I can replace all the subscriptions I painstakingly collected over several years.

  5. Doug Alder

    March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This is an unbelievably dumb article. While the search for the term RSS in Google may be going down the actual usage of RSS has been going up – hello smarter more educated users they don’t need to Google the term to know what it is – see http://googlesystem.blogspot.it/2013/03/google-reader-data-points.html – usage just keeps climbing

    • Joel Mackey

      March 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Doug you’re unbelievably rude to call the article dumb when you’re too lazy to read it. The article doesn’t throw RSS out and say it’s not being “used” anymore, it says that the usage of RSS has transferred to consumer friendly applications like Pulse, FlipBoard and Google Currents. When people subscribe in these apps it increases the subscriber numbers of a feed. You clearly missed more than half the article that discusses how RSS is packaged now in a friendly form that people like to use. Google Reader was a dying application and the old way of RSS was dying with it. If you’d quit foaming out the mouth and typing first and actually read the article, you would have caught that.

    • Joel Mackey

      March 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Well John… that is a broken link which leads to a non-existing app. LOL!

  6. Craig

    March 14, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’ve never used Google Reader. But by what people are saying and by how passionate people seem to be about the subject. I get the feeling i may have missed out on something. The hitler video is a good example of how much it was loved, so much so someone took the time to make that video. I use http://www.waurb.com for all of my news if anyone is looking for an alternative.

  7. stevensonmt

    March 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Your article is rubbish.
    1. There has been an official Google Reader app for phone/tablet for years. It has been pulled from Play because they are killing the service.
    2. Currents is not a replacement as you are limited to their stable of content providers and cannot add random feeds of your own.
    3. Your logic that search term trends have anything to do with viability or importance is inherently flawed. Perhaps people no longer search for RSS because it is taken for granted as a stable, reliable technology that underlies useful services.
    4. Apps like Feedly were actually the competition for Reader. The apps you seem to favor are all part of the attempt to close ecosystems and centralize access, taking power away from the end user. That used to be the purview of Microsoft, but Google is taking over in a big way.

    • Joel Mackey

      March 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Steven 1. I have never found an official Google Reader App.
      2. Currents allows you to add any RSS feeds you want, here’s a walkthrough on how to get it done: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57340036-285/add-rss-feeds-from-google-reader-to-google-currents/
      3. No my logic on people not searching for RSS is correct, it has been called a dying technology from the nerdy end for 10 years. The only reason RSS is used is because of apps like Pulse, FlipBoard, Currents, iGoogle, Feedly and more. When it’s a user friendly interface, people use it but most people have no clue what RSS is. RSS is used but only in interfaces that remove the technical side of the process.
      4. While you don’t like the apps I mentioned, they’re actually the ones that real people are using. You can be stuck up and “exclusive” all you want, but I look at stats and where the humans are is using those apps. You are the type that still screams that records produce better sound than CDs, MP3s etc. Yawn.

  8. Joel Mackey

    March 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

    If you go to the Google Play store and search for Google Reader there is no official Google Reader app as it says, “Item not found.” When you click on it. Now all Google Reader search results do is redirect you to results with Google Currents as the #1 listing. I’m not talking about 3rd party Google Reader apps, there is no official Google Reader App available in Google Play. Anyway, I didn’t write the article for people that use Google Reader daily to love me, I was just laying out the facts. Thanks for the comments you guys. I hope you find a good alternative.

  9. Darrell

    March 14, 2013 at 6:41 am

    As the other commenter mentioned if you never knew there was a google reader app then you most certainly never looked for one. Judging by the article you never were a fan of RSS feeds or Google reader. I only started using the service 2 years ago but I’ve subscribed to hundreds of feeds which were useful for keeping up with the news and research for various topics. I partially expected reader to be rolled up into Google Currents when it first came out because I didn’t see a need for two readers. However, after using Currents for a awhile I quickly realized reader was more of a tool then a basic reader like Pulse or Currents.

  10. Petr

    March 14, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Here is a very good Google Reader alternative: Skimr – http://www.skimr.co

    It’s an reader for the rest of us who always thought RSS was a bit geeky.

  11. John Andersson

    March 14, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Are you kidding me? I’ve been using the google reader app on my android since I got my first smart phone three years ago.

    Anyway, my problem, not that anyone cares, is podcasts. I download tons of podcast (I have about 90 of them in my ancient RSS-feed). I download them as mp3’s from my computer to my phone. I don’t stream them ’cause I don’t have regular access to WiFi. That’s why I need something that’s available on both desktop and smartphone. And Google Current is only available on phones / tablets. Another thing I’ll miss with reader is that it is incorporated in the google account. That’s what I like about google, you sign in ONCE and you have your mail, calendar. documents and RSS-feeds right there. Another problem with some alternatives I’ve tried is that it will only let you read a couple of lines and not the whole article. Guess I’ll be searching more sites for tips and will have to get used to being insulted for having used an old dinosaur like reader just because I was stupid enough to think Google Reader was an awsome thing. Let’s all facepalm and “duuuuh”.

  12. Adam

    March 14, 2013 at 2:18 am

    “RSS was transferred over into a more consumer-friendly application that every day people knew how to use, abuse and consume. Those apps are called Pulse, FlipBoard and Google Currents.”

    That’s just ridiculous. The underlying data format and delivery method for a news aggregator has nothing to with its usability.

    • Joel Mackey

      March 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

      I didn’t reference the “underlying data format” but the consumable form of RSS. Reader, nor RSS was adopted by the masses. This is why the above mentioned apps grew so fast.

  13. Wim Lockefeer

    March 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Your article is another example of the reasoning flaw that is so predominant these days, namely that something is important if it is talked about. Whatever is “trending” must be valuable, right?

    Just because people don’t search for “rss” does not mean it is not a valid element of the infrastructure that powers people’s daily information needs.

    If I were to follow your reasoning, LDAP would be surely on the way out (http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=ldap&cmpt=q). Or what about exchange (the monetary or Microsoft variant)? Out of the window!

    Google did everything to keep “rss” under the hood – you didn’t need to search for an rss feed to add it to reader; the site’s main url was enough. Don’t blame the “waning interest” in the underlying technology for the decision to cut a valuable service.

    • Joel Mackey

      March 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

      No, my point isn’t that whatever is trending is valuable. My point is, if you were the one spending millions of dollars on a team that was working on a product that was dying in usage you’d be throwing away money. As a smart company, you have to reevaluate and focus your efforts, money and brains on products that are growing and are the future so that you survive and are still relevant with the coming tides of change. Valuable for a company that needs to make money and be paid attention to is often what is being used by consumers and shows growth trends in the hockey stick realm.

  14. Sara

    March 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Just because you never looked for nor used the Google reader app for smartphone and tablet doesn’t mean that one did not exist. That you would include this incorrect fact in your article further indicates that your article is not at all directed to those who actually used and loved Google Reader.

  15. Dustin

    March 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    If you didn’t know there was a Google Reader app, then you didn’t look good enough. Google has a Google Reader app on Android as well as iOS. I use Google Reader every day, all day. Just about every time I unlock my phone, the first app I choose is Google Reader. I subscribe to about 40 RSS feeds, mostly tech blogs, and read through all the titles. I star the ones I want to read. Then later, either read them all on my laptop, through the Google Reader browser on my Google Account or read them on my phone when I get time. While I understand that RSS feeds are dying, I don’t think Google needed to kill it off completely. I, as well as many other RSS users will be using Feedly as they will be continuing on when Google kills off a beloved service.

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Nissan-Renault’s Ghosn: From Hero To Zero

The once-famed Nissan leader has fallen with allegations relating to financial misconduct and dragging the company along with him. Click To Tweet

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Renault-Nissan Alliance. Photo from: Nissan-Global.com

In a time when Nissan was on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, Carlos Ghosn stepped in not only to save the company but help it to rise back as one of the world’s top car manufacturers. Today, Nissan is facing a similar financial crisis, but this time around, the Japanese carmaker had Ghosn removed from the company.

Through Ghosn’s efforts of restructuring and eventually, reintroducing innovations to Nissan, the company rose significantly within the last two decades under Ghosn’s lead. He also made the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi agreement possible that made them one of the leading car companies in the world.

The company had a good track record. But, CNN reported last Tuesday, May 14, that Nissan posted a significant drop in profits where operating profits plunged to 45% at 318 billion yen ($2.9 billion) in the fiscal year that ended in March and revenue fell 3% to about 11.6 trillion yen ($105 billion), while vehicle sales were down 4.4% to 5.5 million.

This is “rock bottom,” Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said during the earnings presentation.

Moreover, analysts also expect Nissan to plunge at decade-low numbers in the coming year. Nissan forecasts operating profit for the fiscal year to March 2020 would fall to 230 billion ($2.1 billion). Also, Nissan shares closed down at 3% in Tokyo.

On Friday, May 17, the Japanese carmaker proposed plans to make changes within its executive board as a reaction to Ghosn’s fallout from the company.

The firm told shareholders that they would start implementing a new board structure composed of 11 members, which 6 of whom would be external.

“With the lessons from the recent executive misconduct still fresh, Nissan resolves to rigorously pursue the separation of supervisory and executive functions,” said the firm.

Thierry Bollore, Renault’s chief executive and chairman Jean-Dominique Senard will both be included in the proposed board.

Nissan conceded to allowing Senard into the board though Bollore’s urges. The Japanese firm isn’t too happy about Senard siding with Ghosn during his arrest.

On the other hand, Nissan’s current CEO Hiroto Saikawa has also been reported to be pressured from vacating his position in the company for doubts that he is capable of turning things around for the company and his close relations with Ghosn.

Saikawa responded that he wishes to stay on the company until he sees it return to profitability and will consider the idea of stepping down “at the appropriate time.”

Additionally, Saikawa told reporters that Renault chairman Senard “has one idea in mind, which is integration or merger.” He also added that “what we’ve told Mr. Senard is this is not the right timing to discuss this matter.”

Regarding the topic of a possible merger between Renault and Nissan, the Japanese company seems to be against the idea since Nissan brings in a lot more profitable compared to the two. But, ironically, Renault holds more stake in the company.

Obviously, the Japanese brand has been struggling to manage internal structures with Ghosn leaving its ranks for multiple cases alleging financial misconduct.

Allegedly, Ghosn is accused of abusing and taking advantage of his power and position in the company to meet personal gains. Specifically, Ghosn allegedly used a Nissan subsidiary to send millions of dollars of payments to a business partner of the company abroad, which then sent money to a third company that he controlled. The actions were taken for the purpose of obtaining a “personal profit,” The New York Times reports.

Prosecutors accused Ghosn of using the method on three occasions from December 2015 to July 2018, resulting in a total of $5 million in losses to Nissan.

As of date, Ghosn has been arrested on four separate occasions including the first arrest in November on charges of underreporting his compensation. The second when he was rearrested on related charges and then a third time on suspicion that he had shifted his personal financial losses onto Nissan’s books.

However, Ghosn and his team of lawyers have consistently denied all allegations about him. In a video Ghosn posted before his fourth arrest, he told that the allegations made against him “is about a plot, this is about conspiracy, this is about backstabbing.”

Meanwhile, the French carmaker, Renault also made new allegations against Ghosn, claiming that there were “questionable and concealed practices” regarding the expenses made under Ghosn. Moreover, Renault also announced Ghosn’s resignation from its board.

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The ‘2019 NAACP Image Awards’ Issues And Winners

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The 2019 NAACP Image Awards has made Hollywood celebrities jam-packed in a star-studded night held at the Dolby Theater for the first time in history as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary.

This year’s event focuses on celebrating ‘the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film, as well as, honoring groups or individuals who promote social justice through creative endeavors.’

The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards’ ceremony presented by the US-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature.

Similar to other awards like the Oscars and the Grammys, more than 40 categories of the Image Awards are voted on and agreed upon by the organization’s members while Honorary Awards are added which include President’s Award, Chairman’s Award, Entertainment of the Year and the Hall of Fame Award.

Below are the lists of awards and nominations that were given to outstanding Hollywood actors and actresses who show significant roles in the field of entertainment.

Anthony Anderson hosted the said event who won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in black-ish. Netflix and HBO had the highest number of nominations garnering 22 and 20 nominees respectively. While ABC followed closely behind with 18, and Black Panther tailed on as it gathered 14 nominations including Best Motion Picture.

Donald Glover’s hit show Atlanta is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series alongside black-ish, Dear White People, Grown-ish and Insecure.

The most coveted and prominent award is given to ‘Jay-Z’ known as ‘President’s Award’ which centers on dedication to public service. The rapper, during his speech, acknowledged the roles of strong black women who dedicated their full acting prowess in the entertainment world and helped shape future generations through its influential parts in TV shows.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series goes to Tracee Ellis Ross in her role in black-ish (ABC.

Empire Star ‘Jussie Smollett’ who has been at the center of investigation which shocked the world by faking an attack on January 29 is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. However, he refused to attend the awards night and therefore lost his chance to receive the said reward. On Tuesday, Chicago prosecutors announced that all charges against him were dropped.

Marcus Scribner won an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series from black-ish (ABC) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, went to Marsai Martin also from black-ish.

The hit series ‘Power’ (Starz) won the Outstanding Drama Series with Omari Hardwick as the Best Actor for Drama Series, also the lead star of Power. The Best Actress for Drama Series revealed to be Taraji P. Henson for her role in Empire from Fox.

Jesse Williams bagged the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series from the all-time hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy from ABC. Its counterpart is claimed by Lynn Whitfield from Greenleaf which faced several criticisms from its competitor Thandie Newton in Westworld who believed that the award should be given to someone who has a critical role in TV series.

The long list of the award also gave importance to television movie, and the Outstanding Television Movies, Limited Series or Dramatic Special is awarded to The Bobby Brown Story, and the Outstanding Actor for the same category went to Michael B.Jordan for his award-winning role in Fahrenheit 451, while Regina King from Seven Seconds (Netflix) received the award in the female category.

The Real, won the award for Outstanding Talk Series, and Black Girls Rock for the Outstanding Variety Show. The long-running Doc Mcstuffins from Disney Junior took the Outstanding Children’s Program, while the Outstanding Performance by A Youth Series went to Marsai Martin of black-ish.

Several hosts are also given honor for their outstanding performances for Talk/Variety and Game show. Steve Harvey won Outstanding Host in the Game show from Family Feud, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris and Willow Smith for Red Table Talk under the Outstanding Host in News/Information Category.

In the music category, major awards were bagged by Bruno Mars for Outstanding Male Artist and H.E.R under RCA Records for the female group.

The said event is an avenue for black people to be recognized for portraying significant roles in different TV programs, but NAACP is being criticized for its flawed standards of choosing the nominees. Critics are pointing out factors such as criminal charges inconsequential in this regard, just like the case of Jussie Smollet who was nominated for a significant award despite his criminal offense.

The nomination of Smollet is similar to the case of Tupac Shakur in 1994. The artist was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in a film ‘Poetic Justice’ despite the filing of sexual assault charges against him. R Kelly is no exception to the controversy, where his album Chocolate Factory was nominated for Outstanding Album while he was under indictment for costs related to child pornography.

Although significant issues currently surround NAACP, the organization is still determined to continue its effort on acknowledging the contribution of black people to the entertainment world and field of art as a whole. Other individual and minor awards can be viewed through the organization’s website at www.naacpimageawards.net

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Netflix’s Queer Eye: Starting Conversations About Differences And Changing Lives

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We are living in a world where differences are highlighted more than similarities. It has made conversations about things that matter very polarized, and understanding seems to be a pipe dream for everyone. That is why it is essential for people to be reminded that there are more things that we all share rather than things that keep us apart.

It is with this premise that Netflix’s Queer Eye is born.

The new Queer Eye is hosted by five gay guys known as the Fab 5, each of them having specific expertise. Antoni Porowski is the show’s resident food and wine expert. He helps the “heroes” to prepare food for themselves and their families. Jonathan Van Ness, the grooming expert, helps the chosen heroes to establish a day-to-day grooming routine to take care of their bodies. The heroes are dressed and improved in the fashion aspect by Tan France, and their homes/spaces were renovated and redesigned by Bobby Berk to suit their needs. Karamo Brown is the life coach that helps the heroes overcome their fear and build more confidence in them.

In hindsight, the premise of the show is very stereotypical. The roles of the Fab 5, the fashion expert, interior designer, and hair stylist, in particular, are the stereotypical roles given to gays and members of the LGBTQ community.

When you think of fashion, style, and design, the first thing that comes to your mind is that either women or gay guys do it. That’s why the show, to an extent, is perpetuating a narrative that fashion experts and groomers and interior designers are gay people.

True enough. However, the little stereotyping that happens in the show is compensated by the conversations that happen every episode. In a way, through the help of these “gay fashionista” or “gay hairstylist” or “gay interior designer,” people will start to realize that these aspects of human lives are necessary for everyone – even for straight guys.

In most of the episodes, the show has seen heroes who are adamant of wearing certain types of clothing because they think they think that dressing up a certain way is a way for them to either be comfortable or otherwise they might be seen as less masculine. But their minds change in the end, always. After Tan France makes them understand that dressing up doesn’t need to be loud or obnoxious for it to be appropriate or hip or in trend, the heroes, in most cases, embrace the change.

It is with this kind of narrative that Queer Eye aims to affect the same change to their audience. While not everyone will become “heroes,” everyone will still be getting the same fashion, grooming, food, interior design, and culture advice from the Fab 5. By this, the conversation is extended from that of between the Fab 5 and the heroes to the show and its audience.

The conversation does not end at that, however. Real issues are being tackled in the show, and as the hosts in recent interviews claim, most of those conversations are not produced nor directed. Meaning, the message that gay people can contribute something in the society is a narrative that organically happens in the show.

In one episode in the first season of Queer Eye, the Fab 5 were stopped by a police officer as they drive to the new hero. Tan France and Karamo Brown, both POCs, had echoed how they feared for their lives when that happened. While the entire thing was just orchestrated by production, the hosts were not briefed about it, and thus their reactions were genuinely organic.

Karamo later said to the hero, which was a police officer, that he was honestly hesitant to have a conversation with him because he was a cop. This conversation led to a discussion on the reality that black people are facing right now in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. As the police officer apologized on behalf of all the cops in America for their atrocities against POCs, Karamo felt like it was a form of “healing” for him.

In another episode, the Fab 5 was tasked to make over a devout Christian black woman and the community center of her church. During the episode, Bobby Berk refused to get inside the church because “he might break down” and because he “promised myself that I would never get inside another church again.”

Berk’s life story is eerily similar to most gay men. At the age of 15, Bobby, who was raised in a very religious family, ran away from his home because he was gay. He said that the church consistently taught him that gays are an abomination and being one is a sin.

In the end, Bobby had an emotional conversation with Mama Tammy, who also had a gay son, and made them learn the lesson of acceptance and love – an experience that the show has successfully translated for its audience to learn from.

Five gay guys helping straight people make their lives better is just the tip of the iceberg. It is the conversations that organically happen that make shows like Queer Eye necessary. We need more Fab 5 in the entertainment industry, and we need more Queer Eyes to open the world’s minds to the reality other people are living.

It is in the hope that through these shows, people will learn a thing or two about tolerance and acceptance – that more things keep us together than pull us apart.

The third season of Queer Eye was released by Netflix on March 15, 2019. /apr

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April Fools is undoubtedly a fun day, exceptionally if you have crafted the most elaborate prank on your friends and...

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Facebook Should Do Better At Processing Community Standard Violations, And They Should Do It Fast

A few months ago, I saw a photo of myself used by another Facebook account with a “R.I.P. (Rest in...

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Supporting Problematic Artists And Their Arts, An Opinion

As the world becomes swarmed by reports of famous artists – musicians, comedians, actors, painters – being alleged or in...

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Ethical Regulation Of ‘Facial Recognition’ Is A Shared Responsibility

There is an ongoing discussion both in online and offline spaces regarding the growth of facial recognition technology and its...

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Data Breach Epidemic: Solving The Problem In SMBs Will Solve The Problem For All

In the last two weeks, we’ve witnessed a vast amount of data breaches and information leaks, and the issue has...

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We Agree To PM Ardern Of Keeping Christchurch Murderer Nameless, And The Media Should Listen

In the wake of Christchurch mosques shooting in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques, the shooter is...

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Apple vs. Police Authorities; A Cold War Against iPhone’s Anti-Snooping Patent

To protect its customers from hackers and illegal surveillance, Apple is developing an anti-snooping technology that would impede police and...

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An Epidemic: Measles Or Misinformation?

2018 was the year when people started asking the question: ‘should I get my child vaccinated?’ Most people answered yes,...

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Our Voice3 months ago

Take A Look At The Predicted Future Of The VoIP Industry

For the past 20 years, VoIP has become an integral part of the lives of millions of people around the...

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Choose The Right Call Center And The Best Contact Center Solutions of 2019

The Ins And Outs Of Business Communication Management For your business to exist in today’s world, you must know how...

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Our Voice3 months ago

How Instagram Corrupts Famous Locations In The World

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Our Voice4 months ago

Ways To Earn Cryptocurrency

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Can We End Payday Loans?

We can’t neglect the fact that debt is one of the pressing problems in the country, especially in today’s economy....

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Jumping From 4G To 5G: Here’s What 5G Can Do For You

One of the most awaited advancements in technology is the cellular industry. With its monthly updates on software, model and...

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Our Voice4 months ago

What are the cost factors of VoIP?

In the next few years, we might be saying goodbye to traditional telephone systems in exchange for Voice over Internet...

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Our Voice5 months ago

Manufacturing Firms are Investing More on Technology

Based on the recent research on how manufacturing companies are coming up in the market industry, they have been increasing...

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Our Voice5 months ago

Technology innovation in companies—for the better or the worse?

Technology has significantly impacted both homes and workplaces in the last years. As much as we want to keep our...

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