We Warned Sean Spicer He Would be Made a Fool of on Dancing With the Stars: Here it is… [VIDEO]
Sean Spicer debuts on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ wiggling around to a Spice Girls song in a neon-green ruffled shirt harkening back to the “Puffy Shirt” episode of Seinfeld. He looked like a complete idiot and that’s exactly what ABC was going for. Way to go Sean!!
Spicer’s involvement with the show has already received plenty of criticism from liberal fans on Twitter, who created a #BoycottDWTS hashtag and a petition in an attempt to get ABC to reconsider his casting prior to the premiere. Even host Tom Bergeron spoke out, writing, “A few months ago, during a lunch with DWTS‘ new executive producer, I offered suggestions for season 28. 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.”
Spicer’s entrance was widely shared across social media, as footage of him descending to the stage in a ruffled neon green “blouse” grabbed the attention of the Twittersphere. Spicer later referred to his getup as “payback.”
CNN reports that some staffers at ABC are “up in arms” over the decision. Particularly, those at ABC News were reportedly upset.
“It’s a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney and the consequences of the ongoing lies and disinformation campaign at the White House,” one ABC employee reportedly said.
Another claimed Sean was “horrible” to “so many of us,” and finds it “disgusting to think he is getting on the show and getting paid by our company.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper was quick to share a clip of Spicer’s salsa with partner Lindsay Arnold, which was set to the Spice Girls song, “Spice Up Your Life.” The former spokesman earned 12 points out of 30 for his performance, with judge Len Goodman praising the former Trump administration official for his “courage coming on this show.”
Spicer took a lot of heat when it was announced that he would be on this season’s cast of “Dancing With The Stars,” but he’s no stranger to controversy. He got used to taking a beating — as every White House press secretary has — serving roughly six months as President Donald Trump’s first press secretary in 2017.
— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) September 17, 2019
Entertainment Tonight reported that Spicer said he was ready to take a load off following his White House experience, saying during his intro package, “I thought it was finally time to enjoy myself.”
President Trump expressed his support of Spicer competing in the dance-off after the cast was announced, tweeting, “Just heard that Sean Spicer will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ He will do great. Terrific person who loves our Country dearly!”
Just heard that Sean Spicer will be on “Dancing with the Stars.” He will do great. A terrific person who loves our Country dearly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2019
In response to The New York Times chief television critic James Poniewozik’s blistering column, Sean said: “I am very happy with who I am and who I support. I’m not changing. I am giving people another opportunity to see a side of me that is different.”
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) September 17, 2019
For appearing on the popular ballroom dance competition, Sean will be paid at least $125,000, according to Variety.
Besides Sean, 12 other contestants will be competing for the mirrorball trophy this year:
- Hannah Brown, Bachelor and Bachelorette alum
- Lauren Alaina, singer and songwriter
- James Van Der Beek, Dawson’s Creek and Pose actor
- Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker
- Kate Flannery, a.k.a. Meredith from The Office
- Ally Brooke, former singer of the girl group Fifth Harmony
- Lamar Odom, NBA star
- Kel Mitchell, actor and comedian
- Mary Wilson, “The Supremes” singer
- Karamo Brown, Netflix Queer Eye star