Lib ‘elites’ furious Sean Spicer is about to make ‘Dancing with the Stars’ extra spicy

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The American dance competition series “Dancing with the Stars” is facing mounting backlash from the left for its decision to cast former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in its next season. As a result of this backlash, the show’s longtime host, Tom Bergeron, has even issued an apology of sorts.

The backlash — most of it from members of Hollywood and the mainstream media, who in the past have been accused of being hypocritical, out-of-touchelitists” — began brewing immediately after ABC’s “Good Morning America” announced Wednesday morning that the former press secretary would be appearing on the next season of the 14-year-old dance competition:

Even some “employees” at ABC complained, according to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

“A couple said they didn’t care about the Spicer pick,” he revealed in his daily weeknight newsletter Wednesday. “One remarked, ‘How long do you really think he’s going to last?’ But others said they were pissed. ‘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 said to me.”

“Spicer was ‘horrible’ to ‘so many of us,’ another said to [CNN senior media reporter Oliver] Darcy. ‘It’s disgusting to think he is getting on the show AND getting paid by OUR company.'”

While ABC hadn’t yet formally responded to the backlash as of Thursday morning, the dance show’s host had issued a tweet essentially apologizing for Spicer’s casting and claiming that months earlier he’d asked the show’s executive producer to take “a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate” by avoiding “divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations”:

It’s unclear why he never made such a request in the past, given as the show has repeatedly featured political figures, including former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry. What also remains unexplained is why Bergeron seemed to initially be giddy about Spicer’s appearance.

“Show host Tom Bergeron joked on GMA that Spicer would be in charge of assessing audience size on the show, a reference to Spicer’s claim while press secretary that President Trump had ‘the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,'” The Hill reported shortly after Spicer’s appearance was announced by “Good Morning America.”

Yet several hours later,  he went on to post the tweet seen above … not that Spicer minded.

I think Tom has been a great host,” he said graciously in a statement to CNN’s Darcy. “And I firmly believe when the season is over he’s probably going to realize bringing a diverse group of people together, who can interact in a fun, civil and respectful way, is actually a way we can move the country forward in a positive way. And it will make this show an example of how Americans can disagree about politics and tune into good entertainment shows and keep their politics at bay.”

Responding specifically to the backlash from left-wing celebrity figures on Twitter, Spicer added, “I didn’t look at Twitter. I had my eyes wide open going into this thing. I was like — not going to social media.

He also addressed the complaints by ABC employees, saying, “I think this is an entertainment show. I look forward to having some fun. And if people are looking for news, I suggest they tune into a news program.”

As of Thursday morning, the backlash had not yet abated (*Language warning):

The backlash seems to speak to a flourishing left-wing culture of brazen bigotry and intolerance which says that anyone not part of “my tribe” deserves to be ostracized and smeared as a white supremacist and Nazi — especially if he or she is linked to President Donald Trump.

And the fact that Spicer’s a human being just like them — one who has a wife and two children — it appears that doesn’t even matter to those who subscribe to this culture.

Vivek Saxena


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