Queer Eye star Karamo Brown deleted his Twitter account and turned off comments on his Instagram Thursday evening after severe public backlash over his apparent defense of his Dancing With the Stars castemate and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The controversy started during an interview on Wednesday with Access, shortly after the full DWTS cast was announced live on Good Morning America for the first time. During the interview, Brown spoke about the former Trump staffer, saying "He's a good guy, a really sweet guy."
Brown's comments sparked severe backlash, with many people confused as to how the openly gay television star could ignore Spicer's many defenses of anti-LGBTQ policies proposed by the Trump administration. Brown reportedly began blocking his critics on Twitter, including prominent LGBTQ authors and activists.
Queer Eye's @Karamo Brown is blocking prominent LGBT writers and activists like @evanrosskatz @elielcruz and @MartiGCummings for questioning why Brown would call his DWTS castmate (and former Trump official) Sean Spicer a "good guy." https://t.co/rPRpowKZn0 @Newsweek— H. Alan Scott (@HAlanScott) August 22, 2019
The Queer Eye culture expert then decided to respond to the criticisms and tweeted out an explanation for his comments, stating that he is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and implied that he hopes to be able to change Spicer's opinions.
“First, I have no say who is on the cast and didn’t find out till this morning that he is on. But I’ll tell you this… I’m excited to sit down w/ him and engage in respectful conversations," Brown wrote in a since deleted Tweet. "Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us. But I understand how my comments could lead people to believe that I don’t understand the gravity of the situation. The personal is political. I’m reminded of it daily as a gay man of color. I know that representation matters — that it can affect change. I see you & I hear you. I’m bringing my personal message of love, equity & inclusion to the dance floor. I want it to eclipse & triumph over divisiveness & hatred.”
Brown ultimately deleted his Twitter account altogether and turned off the commenting feature on all of his Instagram posts.
Fellow Queer Eye star Bobby Berk put out a series of tweets defending Brown, stating that Brown's initial comments about Spicer were simply his "media training" kicking in. Berk also chastised ABC for turning the ballroom dancing competition show into a political circus. Berk since deleted the tweets, but they were captured and reposted by a number of fans.
Update: Bobby Berk has deleted ALL of his tweets defending Karamo Brown and calling out ABC. pic.twitter.com/9SgBO41Vg5— michael blackmon (@blackmon) August 23, 2019
Spicer's casting on the show has caused endless controversy since it was announced on Wednesday morning. Even the show's host, Tom Bergeron, tweeted out a message distancing himself from the decision to cast the former Trump aide, who was notably known for providing "alternative facts" during his press briefings.
Some fans have called on ABC to replace Spicer with another person before the show's premiere next month. Others have called for a boycott of the show altogether.
You gotta be f*cking kidding me @ABCNetwork @DancingABC ... #SeanSpicer ... you're rewarding the guy who set the dangerous precedent of openly and flagrantly lying to the American people every single day from behind the WH Podium ... shame on you! #BoycottDWTS— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) August 21, 2019
Season 28 of Dancing With the Stars will premiere on Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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