Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, and not everyone was laughing.
Spicer, however, seemed pleased with his appearance. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly afterward, he said that at the awards show, “everyone has been very gracious,” even though “it’s not exactly a Republican crowd.”
For many, it was an attempt to “normalize” a former White House press secretary who repeatedly and blatantly lied to the American people on behalf of President Trump.
Spicer’s joke, mocking his own claims about Trump’s inaugural crowd size, stirred many angry reactions on Twitter within moments of him leaving the stage.
“NO to Sean Spicer,” journalist Mark Harris tweeted. “It’s so great that we can embrace someone who used a powerful position to abuse the press and lie to America.”
“Do NOT cheer for Sean Spicer,” tweeted Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor at Rutgers University. “This is how we normalize & excuse unethical, racist, sexist, etc. behavior.”
DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018 SEAN SPICER REDEMPTION TOUR
— Joanna Rothkopf (@joannarothkopf) September 18, 2017
When Melissa McCarthy did it, it was satire.
This is a pathetic attempt to normalize Spicer's cowardice and Trump's narcissism.
— Mario (@mtehuitz) September 18, 2017
The degree to which Sean Spicer has faced no consequences is a glimpse into the post-Trump future.
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) September 18, 2017
Steve Bannon got a 60 Minutes feature & Sean Spicer got an #Emmys cameo, but Hillary Clinton needs to "shut up & go away"? Mmkay.
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) September 18, 2017
Others, including author and commentator Roxane Gay, argued that Spicer’s appearance reflected white privilege.
As Deray would say, watch whiteness work to normalize Sean Spicer! COME! ON!
— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer peddled lies and deception for months and he's on the Emmy stage. Breh. White folks got all the spades.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer at the #Emmys? Doesn't take much for white men to be forgiven.
— Britt Julious (@britticisms) September 18, 2017
sean spicer gets the emmys stage
dylann roof gets burger king
what do white people have to do to be Not Good Peoples
— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer #Emmys appearance is an example of White Priveledge
— Ask Tracey Quarles (@TraceyQuarles) September 18, 2017
Others saw Spicer’s act as an attempt to knock Trump.
“Colbert couldn’t leave the stage without finding some special way to hit the president where it really hurts,” Vanity Fair’s Laura Bradley wrote on Sunday. “So he brought out his secret weapon: Sean Spicer.”
Oh my God, they actually got Sean Spicer! Oh God, that's so good! He's a good sport for doing that – and it shows he hates Trump too. #Emmys
— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@SkylarJordan) September 18, 2017
— Emily Connor (@gyroEMILYfeta) September 18, 2017
I thought Spicer cameo was great. Totally threw Trump under a bus. The timing in the Colbert monologue made it clear the joke was on Trump
— Dave Cannella (@orlandodavec) September 18, 2017
Finally, others wondered if the former White House press secretary’s cameo would anger the president and were eagerly awaiting Trump’s response.
I can't wait for Trump's Twitter-storm attacking Sean Spicer and his appearance at the #Emmys.
— Mustapha Itani (@mustaphahitani) September 18, 2017
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer is officially on the blacklist by Trump for coming to the Emmys and I love it #EmmyAwards2017
— Divya (@divyasa1) September 18, 2017
there's no doubt Trump just destroyed his TV after seeing Spicer #Emmys
— Pete Catapano (@pcatapano) September 18, 2017
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