It’s been a little more than 24 hours since the news of Sean Spicer joining Dancing with the Stars first surfaced and since that time, the reaction has been strong. Host Tom Bergeron came out saying that he was and is against the casting, feeling like adding politics to the show in this climate is a bad move. Many have planned to boycott the show.
Meanwhile, one of the show’s other cast members in Karamo Brown is also being asked about it. The Queer Eye star has faced criticism from his fans for even being a part of the show with Spicer on it, and he has responded by saying (via Twitter, see below) that he was not aware that he was in the cast until the morning of the announcement. He then went on to say that he was “excited to sit down [with him] and engage in a respectful conversation” about some of his views. He views this as an opportunity to educate … or at least that’s what he is hoping.
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Brown surely signed a contract to do Dancing with the Stars prior to learning that Spicer was on board, so it’s hard for him or anyone else upset with Spicer’s casting to walk away from the series. Yet, we feel for all of them being put in this position by producers. While we know that the show has cast political figures (Rick Perry) or politically-adjacent figures (Bristol Palin) before, it’s a little bit different in this current climate. This is a show that should be silly and fun, and now most of the cast are going to deal with blowback that isn’t their fault. The show should’ve done a better job protecting them by never casting him.
For the record, Spicer claims (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he has no intention of being political on the show,
“I hope it will be a politics-free zone … My hope is that at the end of the season, Tom looks back on this and realizes what a great example it was of being able to bring people of really diverse backgrounds together to have fun with each other, engage in a real civil and respectful way and maybe show millions of Americans how we can get back to that kind of interaction.”
While this may be true, let’s also not assume that Spicer will be stopping his political work away from the show while it’s in production. He is active in a number of different ventures, and is also an adviser to a significant conservative PAC.
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