Karamo Brown is defending fellow “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Sean Spicer amid backlash over the former Trump aide’s casting in the dance competition series.
Critics were outspoken on Twitter about the choice, with some objecting to how Spicer handled his position as White House press secretary. “You sure did a lot of dancing around the truth for Trump,” one person posted.
Brown, the culture expert from Netflix’s “Queer Eye” shot back after a Twitter user re-posted a tweet from Rolling Stone which read: “#DWTS will assist in the public rehabilitation of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer”
“I’m actually disappointed in @Karamo for lending his celebrity to this,” the Twitter user expressed.
Brown responded: “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/ (Spicer) and engage in a respectful conversations. Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us.”
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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.
Brown has already begun chatting with his fellow contestant, as he told “Access Hollywood” Wednesday.
“Sean Spicer and I have been talking. I was most excited to meet him because, the thing is, is that people would look at us and think that we’re polar opposites, but I’m a big believer that if you can talk to someone and meet in the middle, you can learn about each other and help each other both grow,” Brown said. “So, we have been chatting all day today. He’s a good guy, really sweet guy.”
A portion of the interview was shared to Twitter by writer Evan Ross Katz, who offered his own commentary.
“Here’s Karamo Brown calling Sean Spicer ‘a good guy; a really sweet guy,’ ” he tweeted, “cause what’s morality, really?”
Here’s Karamo Brown calling Sean Spicer “a good guy; a really sweet guy” cause what’s morality, really? pic.twitter.com/WQVgfVVkFc
Brown fired back and stood up for his “Queer Eye” colleague, Jonathan Van Ness, calling out Katz for tweeting a story from Out with the headline: “Jonathan Van Ness Tweets Support of ‘Sexy’ Republican Mitt Romney.”
“I honestly can’t stand people like you who post things like this and you reposted some bs about a comment Jonathan said… just to flame the fire and get a reaction,” posted Brown. “We fight harder than your (expletive) ever has for people of color and members of the LGBTQIA community.”
USA TODAY has reached out to a rep for Brown for further comment.
“DWTS” host Tom Bergeron made it clear, in a statement shared to Twitter Wednesday, that he was not in favor of the choice to cast Spicer.
“A few months ago, during a lunch with ‘DWTS’ new Executive Producer (Andrew Llinares), I offered suggestions for Season 28. Chief among them was my hope that ‘DWTS,’ in its return following an unprecedented year-long hiatus, would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations,” Bergeron’s statement read.
“I left that lunch convinced we were in agreement,” he continued. “Subsequently (and rather obviously), a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, ‘go in a different direction.’ “
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Asked whether there is any concern that Spicer, whose presence at the 2017 Emmys blew up Twitter, will turn off some viewers, Llinares said he’s not courting controversy but acknowledged Spicer’s notoriety as a “talked-about name.”
“It’s really fun for us to have people from all different walks of life, representing all different parts of this great country,” he said.
Click through the gallery below to see the other celebs who will compete in the “DWTS” ballroom when Season 28 premieres on Sept. 16.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff and Bill Keveney
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