The lineup for season 28 of Dancing with the Stars has been revealed, with The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley, former NBA star Lamar Odom and actor James Van Der Beek — who actually foretold his casting in the 2012-13 sitcom Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 — breaking out the sequins. But it’s another ballroom-bound bold-faced name who is making the biggest waves: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Video: Lineup for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 28 revealed
During his tenure for the Trump administration — he left in 2017— Spicer made headlines for insisting that Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” despite evidence to the contrary. His gaffes and habit of berating the media became fodder for Melissa McCarthy, who won an Emmy parodying him on Saturday Night Live.
After reportedly turning down a previous offer to star on DWTS, the 47-year-old has officially agreed to lace up his dancing shoes. And while he told Instagram followers that he’s “excited” to hit the dance floor, critics of his work for the Trump administration are less enthused.
As with his controversial appearance in a skit at the 2017 Emmys, Spicer’s DWTS casting is being slammed as endorsing and normalizing a “professional liar.” Some have also threatened to boycott the show.
I will never think it’s an amusing diversion for Sean Spicer to be on Dancing with the Stars. He defended and lied about amoral, monstrous if not criminal policies and actions. Way to launder amorality, ABC. Gross.
— Mo Ryan (@moryan) August 21, 2019
COOL will the ghost of Goebbels be joining him too? https://t.co/BBvVS8CxfN
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 21, 2019
This is appalling. How about we don't reward the man who served as a mouthpiece of the worst modern administration by putting him on some dance show so he can twirl his dishonest ass on TV for pay?
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) August 21, 2019
— dawn march (@iMARCHatDAWN) August 21, 2019
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 21, 2019
For 6 months, Sean Spicer served as White House Press Secretary to the most vile "president" in modern history. In that time, he repeatedly lied, obfuscated, and endorsed the badgering of a free press. He enabled hatred.
He belongs on a public blacklist, not in a waltz.#DWTS
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 21, 2019
You will face a boycott. A big one. Of the show and of your entire network.
And it will be well deserved.
Folks will contact every advertiser you have and demand they stop running ads.
So, good luck with all of that. The only smart move here is to replace him immediately.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 21, 2019
Meanwhile, DWTS host Tom Bergeron has posted a note on social media explaining his hope that the show “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.” While Bergeron didn’t explicitly name Spicer, he admitted that producers opted to instead “go in a different direction.”
Spicer — who has spoken about the moments he “screwed up” during his White House stint — was also called out by reporter Katie Pavlich for denying he’d do the show during a 2018 interview.
“Well it is true that I have no rhythm,” he responded on Wednesday.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 21, 2019
Will his two left feet and public backlash result cut his DWTS time short? Or will conservatives back Spicer à la Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who sashayed her way to a third-place finish in 2010? Viewers will find out when the new season kicks off on Sept. 16.
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