Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown described Sean Spicer as “very sweet” (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown is facing criticism for defending Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary and his co-contestant on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Brown described Spicer as “nice” and “very sweet”.
“I’m a big believer that if you can talk to someone and meet in the middle, you can learn about each other and help each other both grow,” he said.
“We have been chatting all day today – he’s a good guy, a really sweet guy.”
The Queer Eye star responded to a Twitter user’s criticism that he was “lending his celebrity” to the “public rehabilitation” of Spicer, who came under scrutiny for lying on behalf of the Trump administration during his time as press secretary.
— Access (@accessonline) August 21, 2019
Brown commented: “First, I have no say who is on the cast and didn’t find out till this morning that he is on!”
He added that he wants to take advantage of Spicer’s casting to create positive change.
“I’m excited to sit down w/ him and engage in a respectful conversations,” Brown said.
“Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us.”
His remarks sparked criticism on social media, with many people claiming he was defending Spicer and washing over his past actions.
Writer David Duran tweeted: “You can walk away in protest. You don’t need that show and you’d be doing a way bigger thing for our community by quitting vs trying to have a conversation with someone who will not listen. You’re better than this.”
One person wrote: “I would love for you to have that conversation, Karamo. I think it could be hugely beneficial. But respectfully, don’t you think that’s a conversation you could initiate without legitimising Spicer’s post-White House celebrity?”
Another commented: “Karamo what? This man is complicit in, and continues to defend all the actions of the Trump administration. You can’t just say he’s a good guy now until he’s been held accountable.”