It’s been just over 24 hours since the newest lineup for Dancing With The Stars was announced and the drama is already heating up. Forget the Foxtrot, the fanciest footwork this season is the cast and hosts trying to dance around the elephant in the room that is former U.S. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The latest development in the drama is fellow contestant Karamo Brown calling Spicer a ‘sweet guy.’ No, Karamo. No.
Following the announcement of the lineup, the Queer Eye star spoke with Access and revealed that he and Spicer, the man who spent months lying to the world on behalf of Donald Trump, had already met and spoken. “Sean Spicer and I have been talking. I was most excited to meet him,” said Brown. “People will look at us and think we’re polar opposites, but I’m a big believer in that if you can talk to someone and meet in the middle, you can learn about each other and help each other both grow.” Okay, that’s not so bad. Brown is all about finding the good in everyone and we can respect that. But then he went on to say that Spicer is “a good guy, a really sweet guy.” Hard pass.
— Access (@accessonline) August 21, 2019
Brown was quickly taken to task on social media by fans who were appalled the social justice activist would defend Spicer and try to normalize the former Trump aid. The Netflix star took to Twitter and attempted to reiterate his goal of bridging the divide, but we think he missed the mark. Engaging in conversation is one thing but calling Spicer a “good” and “sweet” guy is another.
First, I have no say who is on the cast and didn’t find out till this morning that he is on! But I’ll tell you this… I’m excited to sit down w/ him and engage in a respectful conversations. Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us.
— Karamo Brown (@Karamo) August 21, 2019
Many fans were disappointed with what can be seen as Brown’s normalizing of Spicer.
It’s so beyond respectful conversation and you know it. This man was a mouthpiece for bigotry and hate. He continues to defend Trump. Walk away.
— jon manganello (@jonnymangs) August 21, 2019
he is a holocaust denier. He was a high ranking Trump official. This isn’t someone’s confused grandma, this is someone who has gotten our people killed & this show exists to rehabilitate his public image by having folks cheer for him. https://t.co/WDYGKe0GMh
— Elana Levin #Flamecon (@Elana_Brooklyn) August 21, 2019
There is no engaging in a respectful way with Sean Spicer. It’s not like meeting a Trump supporter for your show and having a one on one with them. This was a person in a position of tremendous power and influence who abused it and contributed to what’s happening.
— Kari Bentley-Quinn (@KBQWrites) August 21, 2019
This response is why I respect the hell out of you. But your participation is going to aid in the normalizing someone who played a role in this gross administration. Hate is an ideology, not a POV.
— Randall Lotowycz (@RandallLotowycz) August 21, 2019
While Brown may be trying to find middle ground with Spicer, DWTS host Tom Bergeron is not. The longtime host posted a message following the cast announcement that made it clear he did not agree with ABC’s decision to include Spicer. “Chief among them was my hope that DWTS, in its return from an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from any party affiliation. I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement,” wrote Bergeron about his meeting with producers. “We can all agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call. I’ll leave it to them to answer any further questions about those decisions.”
Some thoughts about today pic.twitter.com/aCQ4SHrGCI
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) August 21, 2019
Dancing with the Stars premieres September 16 on ABC.