With Stephen Colbert hosting this year’s Emmy Awards, the award show opened just as everyone expected it to — with a lot of scathing jokes and witty digs coupled with some hilariously sarcastic politic commentary.
It did not take too long for the late night host to mock President Donald Trump.
“He was nominated multiple times for 'Celebrity Apprentice' but he never won,” Colbert said of Trump. “Why didn't you give him an Emmy? If he had won an Emmy he probably wouldn't have run for president. So in a way this is all your fault.”
He then made a quip about the crowd size at the award show, which may have looked like an innocent joke at Trump’s expense.
However, it turned out to be the cue for former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to roll onto the stage, pushing a wheeled podium — just like the one Melissa McCarthy used on “Saturday Night Live” while impersonating him.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmy, period,” Spicer told the audience with a big, smug grin on his face. “Both in person and around the world.”
Now, we all understand it was a dig at Trump’s obsession with his inauguration crowd size, but roasting the president does not redeem Spicer, who was not only the part of Trump administration but was responsible to push out its hypocritical agenda, of all that he has done.
The audience, including McCarthy, was definitely surprised to see Spicer — the man who spent most of his time as the press secretary mispronouncing important names and giving out “alternative facts” to the reporters whom he then berated for asking important questions.
Let’s also not forget the infamous Hitler gaffe Spicer made or the time he banned cameras from the White House press briefings or all those times he tried (and failed, miserably) to make sense of Trump’s statements and tweets. He even hid in the bushes once to evade the media.
He was not just a part of the Trump administration — he was complicit.
So, why are we trying to normalize Spicer?
It was a bad decision to bring him out, and many people seem to agree with that sentiment:
Sean Spicer's stint in the Emmys just reminds me that Hollywood will always reward whiteness and racism despite how destructive or dangerous— sarah amy harvard (@amyharvard_) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer: *lies, defends, & assists a white supremacist U.S. administration*— X (@XLNB) September 18, 2017
The #Emmys : "LET'S GIVE HIM A GUEST APPEARANCE!"
Seeing Sean Spicer during the Emmys mock the actual lie he told the American people about inauguration crowd is I don't know, not funny.— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) September 18, 2017
When U.S. history records the crimes of this administration—and the names of its enablers—Sean Spicer on the Emmys will be a VERY bad look.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 18, 2017
I'm not ready for the redemption of Sean Spicer* #emmys— Doree Shafrir (@doree) September 18, 2017
* will never be ready
Sean Spicer on the #emmys is proof we'll pretty much give lying, mediocre white men a platform no matter what they do.— Celia (@_celia_marie_) September 18, 2017
Seeing Sean Spicer at the #Emmys trying to renew himself after him offering his services to a bigoted, sexist, racist agenda is insulting.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer was willingly the face of a white supremacist for months. He has no place on a stage that supposedly values equality.#Emmys— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 18, 2017
And for those who, for some reason, enjoyed the brief skit, here's something that might help you put things into perspective.
A prediction about Sean Spicer, and his fellow garbage fire enablers. pic.twitter.com/XCnuHwfVgu— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) May 30, 2017
Thumbnail/Banner: Reuters, Mike Blake