Are Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent the Gay Role Models Reality TV Needs?
Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent are about to invite viewers on their journey as they help other families find their own design paradise.
In their new show for TLC, Nate & Jeremiah By Design, the husbands reinvent disastrous spaces for families who’ve found themselves trapped by “money pit” renovations. Not only does the show follow Brent and Berkus as they help others, it also gives viewers a peek into their own personal family life and their new Los Angeles home.
In an interview with People, the gay power couple opened up about the show and the important visibility it provides for gay families.
“It’s a renovation show, but you’re also getting to come into the lives of two gay dads and their family, so that’s a great thing in and of itself,” says Brent, who welcomed now 2-year-old daughter Poppy with Berkus back in March 2015.
“You can see that we’re just like you,” Brent says. “We both believe in opening up the doors and letting people know that we love the way you love. We eat dinner the way you eat dinner. Everything about us is the same, and as cliche as the saying is, love is love. That’s exactly what the show is about.”
In addition to his new reality series, Berkus released a line of home goods for Target. He’s also about to produce a TV series based on Sam Lansky’s coming of age memoir, The Gilded Razor.
Gay representation in media has been a hot button topic lately, with shows like Fire Island about to premiere on Logo. Fire Island portrays six young and hunky gay men partying it up at a sandy queer mecca, with fights and flings filling the narrative. Many people claim this representation is volatile, as it labels our community with stereotypical drama and promiscuity.
So now, we see a show like Nate and Jeremiah By Design portraying another side to the community; two gay men living and working together as husbands and fathers. Is this the representation we need to see? Is this the representation we want to see? And if it is, will gay audiences actually be watching or will it just be for the straights?
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