New episode of ‘Queer Eye’ sparks backlash, here’s why
strange eye released a new episode on Wednesday, but it wasn’t on Netflix. The streaming service chose to share the new episode on YouTube, where anyone can watch it for free. The episode does a lot of good for him (William Holmes, 26, procurement manager for Delta Air Lines) and gives off the feel-good vibes fans love from the reality show. However, one aspect rubs fans the wrong way.
The central narrative of the episode – which Delta Air Lines sponsored – revolves around William putting all of his financial effort into paying off his student’s debt. He keeps budgets tight and doesn’t spend money on anything the Fab 5s would consider to be “personal care”. This is a fact repeated over and over again throughout the 48-minute episode, and the strange eye (Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France) teaches him to exercise a little to improve his quality of life.
All of this setup leads viewers to think that Delta and / or Netflix could cap the experience off by paying off their student debt (or at least part of it). At the end of the episode, nothing like this happens. Viewers note that student loan debt is clearly the main stressor in William’s day-to-day life and, although help strange eye gave her is amazing, helping her financially would change her life even more. Delta and Netflix are huge companies, and that wouldn’t be too important to them. (It’s also worth noting that GMC, Lyft, Google, Anthropologie, and Uniqlo are listed in the promotional consideration section of the episode.) Scroll down to see some fan’s thoughts on the matter.
They really said, “I know you are under the crushing weight of unmanageable student debt, but have you tried ‘live in the moment’? “
– Ashley Cyr (@volcanic_ashley) July 9, 2021
“A little shit for Delta not to at least partially pay off student loan debt for such a loyal employee (ages 7 and up) that they use for content / marketing,” wrote a YouTube commenter.
“I loved the episode but was so disappointed that they didn’t write off his student loan debt,” wrote a second commentator. “It wouldn’t have been a burden for Netflix to take this terrible burden off him. It is clearly the main stressor in his life.”
– Black Lives Matter (@WWJWear) July 9, 2021
“I didn’t expect them to write off all of his debt, but I thought Delta and Netflix would have given him a check for $ 6,000 or something,” wrote a third. Another fan wrote: “I’m really flabbergasted that Delta didn’t offer to pay off at least a fraction of this young man’s student loans ?!”
“Delta and QE should have paid off some (or even all) of that guys debt,” another viewer wrote. Others replied, “Seriously. That’s also what I came to comment on. The amount of promotion in this episode and they haven’t paid his debt?”
such a great episode and Holmes was a great hero !! @delta I’m surprised you didn’t offer to pay off his student loans at the end of the episode – that would have made you a hero too !!
– Kate DF (@KateoDangerous) July 8, 2021
“This episode could also last 5 minutes with the first 4 minutes to pay off debt and the dance routine after,” another person joked. A positive plus Queer EyThe fan wrote: “I love these new 5. I wish they would help her out a bit with her debt. Overall this makeover show makes you feel good.”
“I just watched the last @QueerEye and it’s so SHAME that @Delta
did not pay Holmes student loans! ”a Twitter user wrote. “All this publicity for the company, the man works so hard and they just keep him dry. Not cool!”
The full Queer Eye episode can be viewed above via YouTube. All other episodes of strange eye – including fallout Queer Eye: We are in Japan – are currently streaming on Netflix. Season 6 doesn’t have a release date, but it’s in production.