Stephen Colbert’s Spicey surprise at the Emmys Sunday night did not go over well with some people on social media. Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s former White House Press Secretary, shocked the celebrity audience and viewers at home when he rolled out his podium for a comedic bit. But the moment sparked a flurry of criticism with some even comparing it to Jimmy Fallon’s infamous hair tussle of Trump.
“This is the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world,” Spicer said as cameras honed in on reactions from his official SNL impersonator, Melissa McCarthy, and Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky. The comments spoofed his own comments in the White House when he misled press by proclaiming Trump’s inauguration had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”
Many users posting to Twitter blasted the moment for attempting to “normalize” a man who spread lies during his time as press secretary.
“Dear Sean Spicer: That did not absolve you from being on the wrong side of history,” one user wrote. “Saying you like Sean Spicer after one joke, and after all the havoc he has caused…you deserve to be smacked silly,” another tweeted. Another remarked, “Sean Spicer stood in the White House and lied to the American ppl. Bringing him on the Emmys is just as bad as Fallon ruffling Trump’s hair.”
Many criticized Fallon for a similar situation during the 2016 presidential race when he interviewed Trump on The Tonight Show. “[People] have a right to be mad,” a “devastated” Fallon said of the backlash. “If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”
See reactions to Spicer’s cameo below.