Queer Eye star Karamo Brown says people need ‘a mental and emotional break’ from the grief of 2020

Patrick Kelleher June 14, 2020
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Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said people need “a mental and emotional break” in order to “recharge and come back stronger to help other people.”

Karamo made the comments during an appearance with the rest of the Fab Five on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

He told Fallon some people have asked how the cast can contemplate promote the new season of Queer Eye as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the world, following the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer last month.

In response, he said that shows like Queer Eye can help people “take a break” from the trauma of their lives.

“I think what is beautiful is that people get to take a break, a mental and emotional break, which is necessary so that you can recharge and come back stronger to help other people,” Brown said.

Karamo Brown says the new season of Queer Eye will help people ‘recharge’.

Karamo added: “It’s nice because you get to see these people that we’re helping, our heroes, turn into these full, whole and beautiful, vulnerable people.

“And it kind of just recharges you and says, ‘You know what? I want to go out there and protest. I want to do better for tomorrow. Let me recharge, break down and come back.”

The Queer Eye culture expert continued: “Most people don’t even realise that they’re grieving right now.

“They’re experiencing severe loss. Like what people don’t realise, even when the pandemic was happening, you are grieving the loss of financial stability, of our regular schedules.

Everyone is screaming out for change.

“And you have to go through a process of acknowledging it and starting to feel from it. And that’s happening again, it’s now compounded also with the fact that Black Lives Matter movement is happening – people are waking up and they’re going through so much loss and everyone is screaming out for, ‘I need change. I need… things to be different.’

“And it’s a very beautiful moment that we’re living in,” he added.

Brown’s comments come just days after he urged white gay men to call out racism and acknowledge their privilege within the LGBT+ community.

Speaking to Reuters last week, he said there is “a lot of racism in the LGBT+ community”.

“Yeah, you might have had a struggle because you’re gay, but white privilege still exists,” he added.


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