While “Queer Eye” has not been officially released in mainland China, the show’s Fab Five is still well-known to people who are able to watch the show via non-traditional means.
Chinese “Queer Eye” fans have been berating the Chinese show online, accusing Mango TV of plagiarizing the original show.
“One question: have you paid for the copyright?” one Weibo user commented.
Meanwhile, many also took issue with the Chinese version’s decision to remove the gay themes.
“Queer Eye is telling us how to live better, but ‘You are so Beautiful’ is reinforcing our existing biases and telling everyone to live a life that can be accepted by the public,” a fan wrote on local review site Douban.
Despite the criticisms, the new show has already won over many local fans and regular viewers. According to the viewers, they found the stories of regular people featured in the show to be very relatable.
In fact, the first two episodes of “You Are So Beautiful” on Mango TV’s streaming page have reportedly been viewed 60 million and 58 million times, respectively.