It’s been something of a landmark year for LGBTQ voices in television as far the Emmys are concerned, but it seems like maybe not everyone is feeling the love.
Netflix’s Queer Eye pleasantly surprised both the industry and its stars by getting tapped for Outstanding Structured Reality Program along with three other categories; while VH-1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race garnered a whopping 12 noms including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, an unprecedented run for queer-themed reality programming.
But it seems as though one queer TV star might be feeling just a little touchy about it all.
This year the Emmys turn 70, and to mark the occasion the Television Academy brought together all nominees at NeueHouse Hollywood for a celebration of the medium. Speaking to Variety, Kressley struck an uncharacteristically sincere note when he spoke about the impact of Drag Race, where he’s been a judge for the past four seasons, speaking of the impact the show has had on its viewers.
But when it came to Netflix’s Queer Eye, a reboot of the early 2000s Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in which Kressley served as the show’s resident fashion expert (the role currently helmed by Tan France), he seemed a bit less enamored.
“I’m thrilled that they’re nominated,” he told entertainment journalist Mark Malkin, “but it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004,” he said.
It’s perhaps true that the show had a bit more impact during the Bush era, a time of political backlash to the advances in LGBTQ rights and visibility achieved during the latter half of the 90s. But on social media, the comment struck people as sour grapes, and folks were not having it:
As an old boss of mine used to say, “Someone’s gunning for the cover of ‘Bitter Queen Magazine’ and it’s not a good look!”