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Tan From Queer Eye Was Asked By Subjects On The Show If He Was A Terrorist. More Than Once
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Netflix's revival of Queer Eye has taken the world by storm. The new 'fab five', Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France, have wormed their way into our hearts. The new updated version of the show tackles head on what the original only skirted around; the politics of a group of queer men helping many men who perhaps have extremely different politics than they do. This was simply implied in the old version by the simple presence of the fab five. However, in this new version, conversations about police brutality against people of color, bullying, and of course, Trump, are handled directly. 

But, in a Refinery 29 interview with Tan France released this past Wednesday on Facebook, he reveals there is one topic that came up that we don't know about...

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Elisa Kreisinger/Pop Culture Pirate sat down with Queer Eye's Tan France to see how he’s able to have conversations with conservatives, even after being called a “terrorist."

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Yes, Tan France informed the interviewer that some of the men being made over have asked him if he's a terrorist, saying...

"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."

He went on...

"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.’"

So, while it can be a lot to process and handle, coming into these conversations from an open-hearted place is what helps shift people's perspectives.

That said, many did not understand how he could stomach this...

But one person seemed to get it...

While it can be emotional labor to educate, sometimes it's worth it.

H/T: Facebook/Refinery 29