Sean Spicer will be best remembered for his six-month tenure as truth-avoiding press secretary in Donald Trump’s White House, which is why Wednesday’s news that he’ll be competing in the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” was met with backlash from those on the left of the political spectrum.
One person who didn’t express outrage was Spicer’s “DWTS” co-star Karamo Brown of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, who gave an interview in which he referred to Spicer as “a really sweet guy.”
Brown subsequently tweeted that he sees an opportunity to “educate” Spicer: “I’m excited to sit down w/ him and engage in a respectful conversation.” (That tweet no longer exists, as Brown disabled his Twitter account following the backlash.)
However, numerous “Queer Eye” fans took issue with Brown’s comments, with one even suggesting that “Pose” star Billy Porter replace him on the Netflix makeover show.
That was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to negativity directed toward Brown’s comments about Spicer:
On Thursday, Brown’s fellow “Queer Eye” guy Bobby Berk took to Twitter to defend his co-star, and took aim at both “DWTS” and Spicer.
In a series of incendiary tweets, Berk slammed “DWTS” and ABC for putting Brown and other competitors in the position of dodging “political land mines” due to Spicer, described by Berk as “one of the biggest liars who has ever been.”
He defended Brown, pointing out that he and his “Queer Eye” co-stars have been “trained over and over not to talk smack about anyone in interviews and to try to be as nice as possible. When being backed into a corner about voicing his opinions about @seanspicer Karamo’s media training kicked in as we are trained to do.”
He continued: “Don’t talk negatively about people in interviews! Always be nice! It’s frankly a really s**tting position to be put in and @ABCNetwork should be ashamed of themselves for having put the cast int the position of having to take a political side on a f**king dance competition.”
He concluded by calling out ABC even further: “Shame on you ABC… It’s called ‘Dancing with the STARS’ and the fact that you’re calling [Spicer] a star is disgusting.”
Brown himself responded to the controversy in a subsequent tweet prior to disabling his account, writing, “I understand how my comments could lead people to believe that I don’t understand the gravity of the situation. The personal is political. I’m reminded of it daily as a gay man of colour. I know that representation matters — that it can affect change. I see you & I hear you.”