Season two of the makeover series, Queer Eye, has just dropped but it’s an interesting political meeting that one of its stars had that has everyone talking.
Queer Eye’s ‘culture expert’, Karamo Brown, went to Washington DC in April to convince lawmakers to continue funding the National Endowment for the Arts program. The program is a federal agency that provides funding for the arts, but President Donald Trump has threatened to axe it altogether.
Brown opened up about the visit and his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, in a recent press tour for Queer Eye’s second season.
‘I was just at the White House a week ago, and I met with Karen Pence and her chief of staff,’ Brown told Vulture.
‘It was phenomenal to be able to go in there and discuss arts, but also to speak about LGBT issues.’
‘The thing is, no matter if someone has personal feelings about my sexuality or how they view me, it’s my job to the community to show up in spaces – and all of our jobs to the community – to show up in spaces where we can say: “You know what, I can figure out how to try to work with you, so that we can make sure that other people, we’re helping future generations”.’
No malice or judgement
Brown who is a qualified counselor, first appeared on Real World: Philadelphia in 2004.
He said when he brought up LGBTI issue with Karen Pence, he was relieved that she listened to him
‘While I know Karen Pence supports the arts, my question for her staffers was: “Does she support the arts for everyone?” And hearing “yes'”— without any malice or judgment — gave me a glimmer of hope in a time where this country feels so divided,’ he told the Hollywood Reporter.
‘If we can find common ground in the arts, what else can we find common ground on that would make us grow closer as a country?’
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