It's Dancing With the Stars season, and the 2019 cast was announced with much fanfare on Good Morning America this morning. As we've come to expect, the mix of names is bizarre and depressing — former A-list celebs who've gradually drifted away from the headlines, actually-cool people who should probably fire their agents, ex-NBA players, and, er, former White House press secretary and communications director Sean Spicer. Wait, what?
Sean Spicer resigned from the Trump administration in 2017, but his various incompetencies defined the presidency's early months. He tended to fudge the figures (notably lying about attendance at Trump's inauguration rally), enjoyed barring major outlets like the New York Times and CNN from the press corps, and famously once found himself defending Hitler. The reaction to his casting has been mixed at best.
I will never think it’s an amusing diversion for Sean Spicer to be on Dancing with the Stars. He defended and lied… https://t.co/DSdG7EWzfE
But is a dancing Spicer much of a surprise, at the end of the day? Not really. Especially not after an appearance at the 2017 Emmys, when he was was (literally) embraced by some of Hollywood's biggest players. Our national nihilism has reached a point where seemingly anyone can be redeemed of their horrific misdeeds — when Trump leaves office, he'll probably end up on The Masked Singer.
— Dancing with the Stars (@Dancing with the Stars)1566394833.0
The former press secretary will be joined by some less controversial celebrity dancers: Queer Eye's Karamo, former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, Lakers legend and Khloé Kardashian ex Lamar Odom, Dawson Creek alum James Van Der Beek, swimsuit icon Christie Brinkley, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brook, and comedian Kel Mitchell. You can view the full cast list here.