Karamo Brown responded to backlash over him participating in Dancing with the Stars with former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday, August 21.
The Queer Eye star and controversial political figure are two of the cast members competing on the show’s upcoming 28th season. Others include model Christie Brinkley, country singer Lauren Alaina and The Office actress Kate Flannery.
Rolling Stone reported that DWTS is assisting in the public rehabilitation of Sean, 47, who only acted as White House Press Secretary between January and July of 2017 before being replaced by Anthony Scaramucci (briefly).
Sean’s antics as WHPS was so off the charts that he was hilariously parodied by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live because of it. His replacement Anthony, 55, and future WHPS Sarah Sanders (who just stepped down in July 2019) have also been made fun of and heavily mocked for their behavior.
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A Twitter user criticized Karamo, 38, for competing with Sean in response to the Rolling Stone article about him. “I’m actually disappointed in @karamo for lending his celebrity to this,” they wrote.
“First, I have no say who is on the cast and didn’t find out till this morning that he is on!” he responded. “But I’ll tell you this… I’m excited to sit down w/ him and engage in a respectful conversations.”
“Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us,” he added in the tweet.
Another user slammed Karamo for calling Sean “a good guy” and “a really sweet guy” in an interview with Access Hollywood — to which The Real World alum quickly clapped back at.
“I honestly can’t stand people like you who post things like this and you reposted some bs about a comment Jonathan [Van Ness] said… just to flame the fire and get a reaction,” Karamo wrote in a now-deleted tweet, referencing a comment JVN previously made about Mitt Romney.
Karamo’s and every other cast member’s professional dance partner for the upcoming season has yet to be revealed. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as host alongside judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. DWTS premieres September 16, 2019 on ABC.