Sean Spicer's Emmys Cameo Was an Abomination
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer got the last laugh during Sunday night’s Emmy broadcast when he made a surprise appearance, but not everyone is enjoying the joke.
Spicer appeared briefly during the monologue — to stunned faces in the audience — complete with a moving podium. “This will be the largest audience to witness and Emmys, period,” Spicer said. “Both in person and around the world.”
Emmys host Stephen Colbert followed up the joke, commenting, “Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you’d want one of these guys around.”
Sure, Spicer poked fun at himself. But the joke wasn’t about him. It was a joke about the lie he told during an impromptu press conference the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in which he railed against the press for accurately reporting that the crowd at the event was significantly smaller than for President Barack Obama’s inaguration.
While the celebrity crowd enjoyed Spicer being able to poke fun at himself in step one of PR rehab, his appearance did anger some people online, who noted that Spicer was celebrating his role as a liar to the American people.
Is it supposed to be comical that the former White House spokesman is now tacitly admitting that he lied to the American people?— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins)1505695623.0
I'm not ready to laugh "with" Sean Spicer. I think he is an evil, opportunistic liar that hurt our country.— Zach Braff (@Zach Braff)1505696591.0
Sean Spicer also reportedly played a role in pushing the conspiracy theory that "tormented" Seth Rich's family. S… https://t.co/Yffr0ul36H— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno)1505702669.0
Acting like Sean Spicer is just another funny guy is the same blurring of entertainment and politics that led to Trump becoming president.— Murtaza M. Hussain (@Murtaza M. Hussain)1505702809.0
Memorializing Roger Ailes and lionizing Sean Spicer - who stands against the 1st Amendment and our craft - the Emmy… https://t.co/DeTUdgrBJk— Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann)1505732124.0
Five months ago, Sean Spicer denied that Hitler gassed people during the Holocaust. Sorry, but I'm not seeing the h… https://t.co/gx7jlAUx3u— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno)1505701839.0
The degree to which Sean Spicer has faced no consequences is a glimpse into the post-Trump future.— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse)1505694785.0
Others were quick to point out a double standard. Notably, why was Spicer welcomed, while Hillary Clinton has been shunned as she went on her book tour?
Just to be clear: We're not sick of Sean Spicer, but we are sick of Hillary Clinton? And you wonder how we ended up with Donald Trump?— Anson Kaye (@Anson Kaye)1505701256.0
On Monday morning, the reports were about how funny Spicer was, but it’s worth noting that he still has never admitted he lied to anyone.
Not seeing a lot of reporters demand Sean Spicer take responsibility for his mistakes— area tweeter (@area tweeter)1505729413.0