Tan France revealed he is constantly told he is ‘other’ (Picture; Getty)Queer Eye star Tan France has revealed he is constantly told he is ‘other’ from his co-stars because of his ethnicity.
The British star, who found fame in 2018 as one fifth of Netflix’s Fab Five, has spoken out about the fact that he is constantly refered to as ‘Pakistani’ and ‘immigrant’ whereas his co-stars such as Antoni Poworski and Karamo Brown are only ever mentioned by their name alone.
‘It’s actually one of the main reasons that I didn’t want to do Queer Eye initially, and I was scared to do Queer Eye because I don’t want people to assume that when I say something, all Asians think this, or all gay people think this, or all immigrants think this, and that unfortunately is the way the media often sees it,’ he said.
‘When a story is written about me, it will always start “Pakistani, immigrant, Tan France” – it will never say that about Antoni or Bobby [Berk], it’s just their name.
‘So it reminds me constantly that I am different, that I am other, and that when I speak, people assume that I speak for a whole demographic, and that can’t possibly be the case.’
Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk (Picture: Getty)The 36-year-old was born in Doncaster but now lives in the US with his husband.
Speaking ahead of the launch of his new book Naturally Tan though, he admitted he felt a responsibility to tell a story for all of the ‘marginalised’ communities within which he falls, and that it was important to talk about things that ‘many people probably have never heard before’.
Tan France and Antoni Porowski (Picture: Getty)‘It’s hard when you’re doing a reality show because you never know which parts are going to be used and how it’s going to be edited, so I wanted to take an opportunity to write my book where nobody gets to tell me how this message is conveyed, and I also felt it was my responsibility,’ he added.
‘I’m in a very privileged position; I’m one of the first within my community to have a platform like this, a global platform like this, so I wanted to take the opportunity to tell the story of a person like me, who represents and is a member of many different marginalised communities, and so I wanted to tell a story that many people probably have never heard before.
‘I would never profess to represent an entire community, but I represent a certain version of each of the communities that I fall within, and it adds on a huge amount of pressure.’
Queer Eye returns to Netflix on 19 July when the fourth series drops in its entirety globally.
Production for the fifth season began in late June and is expected to debut next year.
The show features resident fashion expert France along with food guru Porowski, home designer Bobby, hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness and culture expert Karamo.
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