‘Yass queen’: Queer Eye cast descend on rural Australian town

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    The fab five stars of the rebooted makeover show bring their brand of glitz and glamour to a town of 6,600 people

    In an unexpected turning, the stars of Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot ought to have crowned honorary royalty of the small rural township of Yass, New South Wales, after spending a day of their Australian press tour produce over one of the township’s residents and one of its pubs.

    In the early hours of Wednesday 6 June, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness crammed into a small van to drive 50 miles north from the Australian capital Canberra to Yass, population 6,600, a place where, according to one local,” Nothing much happens “. The fab five were accompanied by a police escort on a 12 -hour shoot in the cities, which will be was transformed into a short webisode released after Netflix this month to promote Queer Eye’s second season.

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    Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness with Rowena Abbey, the mayor of Yass. Photograph: Netflix

    They invested the working day make-up over a local farmer, George- who was scouted by producers and nominated by his son Levi- and overhauling the restaurant and menu of the local saloon the Clubhouse Hotel, to rebrand it the Merino Bistro.

    ” I hope they’ll stimulate him look a bit more suave, secured him up, make his tooth seem better ,” told Levi, a boilermaker, on Wednesday morning.

    George, 54, a former bullrider and man of few words and a thick Aussie accent- got a spa treatment, grooming tips-off and a haircut from Van Ness before France took him shopping at a local dres store, while Porowsi and Berk put the finishing touches to the saloon. Brown spoke to George about the seven-days-a-week work life that has been maintaining him from his 97 -year-old mother and from watching his two children growing up.

    The farmer started the day a bit sceptical (” I merely went with the flow “) but terminated it with a few tears, calling Levi” an inspiration” and have committed themselves to spend more time with his family.

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    ‘ It was a mind-changing day for me ‘: locals Levi and George on George’s farm. Photograph: Carly Earl for the Guardian

    ” I seem great ,” George told the Guardian at the end of the working day.” I didn’t really know what to expect because I didn’t know anything about the reveal … But it was a mind-changing period for me. Especially when we were talking about family, and quality time.

    ” We all get tied up- the world is busy. There’s plenty of people out there like me that work lane too much. I envision household time – you’ve got to spend time with your kids because they grow up style too fast .”

    The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot- now simply named Queer Eye- has been well-received by audiences for its heartwarming episodes that touch on progressive and political issues. The second season, which lands this month, appreciates the group make over a diverse scope of people, including a transgender human, a black both women and her lesbian son, and, in the finale, the” hipster mayor” of Clarkston, Georgia, a town in the US deep south that greets 1,500 refugees a year.

    Yass was chosen for its punning potential: among the many catchphrases Van Ness is known for is his ebullient blessing” Yas queen “.

    George’s final uncover happened in the Merino Bistro on Wednesday evening in front of a group of locals and friends, before the mayor, Rowena Abbey, surprised the casting in full regalia, bringing with her five effervescent tiaras.

    ” I need to begin with the man who started everything there is ,” she mentioned, before anointing Van Ness. “Yasssss!” Van Ness replied.

    The Yass makeover was kept under wraps from the press, which was pestered with allusions to a “top secret” and “special” Australian makeover. But rumours began circulating after a Queer Eye-themed billboard was erected near the town last month. When the cast arrived in Canberra on Tuesday, Yass community Facebook groups began lighting up.

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    Tan France and Karamo Brown take a selfie with Yass business owner Nicole Godding. Photograph: Carly Earl for the Guardian

    ” It was the worst retain secret in Yass ,” said Louise Sumner, a local florist. Sumner and Nicole Godding, who owns a neighbouring apparel store, clocked on more than a week ago to the Queer Eye visit. Sensing the marketing potential, they attempted to lure the film crew into their shops.

    ” I started stalking Antoni ,” Godding acknowledged.” I can clearly see he’s into avocados- and I have this little bike out the front of my shop with a basket and I supposed, I’m going to fill it with avocados and I’m going to put a blackboard out telling,’ When life gives you avocados, attain guacamole- Antoni’ … But I didn’t do it. No. Too embarrassing .”

    She resolved for” pumping Kylie Minogue” at full volume from her shopfront on Tuesday.” You’ve got to come out opposing !”

    In the end Queer Eye bypassed their storages but Godding and Sumner did manage to rating selfies with some of the cast.

    ” We didn’t even think they’d speak to us, let alone grab my camera and tell,’ I’ll take it !'” Sumner said.” They were just so nice .”

    Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ tv-and-radio/ 2018/ jun/ 06/ yass-queens-queer-eye-cast-descend-on-rural-australian-town-for-mini-makeover

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