When the world learned on Thursday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders had been hired at Fox News, no one was particularly shocked.
After all, the Trump administration is basically the Saturday Night Live of conservative media — sure the gig will force you to embarrass yourself from time to time, but there’s a good chance the connections you make will lead to a career you can be proud of.
But while the news that Trump’s top bullsh-t artist would be spewing her signature fact-averse nonsense on the president’s favorite network was greeted with a resigned shrug, a career move by Sanders’ predecessor has sparked widespread outrage.
Earlier this week, ABC announced the contestants for Dancing With the Stars Season 28.
(Yes, this show has seriously been on that long.)
For the most part, the cast was made up of the usual list of Z-listers and has-beens.
(We’re not trying to be rude, but the producers use a pretty loose definition of the word “star.”)
But the news that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will appear on DWTS this year has drawn the ire of many prominent figures from the entertainment world.
The latest to sound off against the casting is Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff, who expressed her displeasure in a strongly-worded tweet.
“I deeply abhor this decision by the company I work for and truly love,” she wrote.
“This man lied daily, to our faces, and made a mockery of our country. This is not cause for celebration or celebrity,” Vernoff continued.
“It’s not too late to change this plan.”
To make sure her message was seen by the right people, Vernoff tagged Dancing With the Stars, as well as Disney CEO Bob Iger.
She may not be a household name, but Grey’s remains one of ABC’s most bankable properties, which means Vernoff carries a lot of clout at the network.
And Vernoff certainly isn’t alone in her outrage.
Many prominent ABC employees, current and former, have echoed her criticism.
Scrubs star Zach Braff branded the decision “disgraceful” and retweeted his own tweet from 2017 in which he joked that Spicer would eventually wind up on DWTS.
“Meant to be a joke because in my mind ABC would never normalize such an incredibly horrible person,” he wrote.
A #BoycottDWTS hashtag began trending within an hour of the casting news.
Thus far, ABC has yet to speak out on the matter, but it seems they’re unaffected by the public outcry.
After all, parent company Disney is the biggest media brand in the world, and is probably more concerned by the precedent that would be set by firing Spicer than by the prospect of a low-rated season of Stars.
We hope the folks who don’t see a problem with global media monopolies are paying especially close attention to this situation.
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