Critics on Twitter accused the ABC reality show of being complicit with the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration and of “normalizing” Spicer, whose tenure was characterized by his repeated lying on behalf of Trump to the American public.
Supermodel Christie Brinkley will be joined by the latest “Bachelorette,” Hannah Brown; actors James Van Der Beek, Kate Flannery and Kel Mitchell; former NBA player Lamar Odom; Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis; singers Ally Brooke, Lauren Alaina and Mary Wilson; and Karamo Brown of “Queer Eye.”
Some people suggested actress Melissa McCarthy should return to “Saturday Night Live” to reprise her impersonation of Spicer:
And many people on Twitter did not wish Spicer well:
Oh get Sean Spicer out of there for crying out loud
— Tamar Q Barbash (@writerTQB) August 21, 2019
Giving this piece of garbage even a minute of airtime says that you approved of him bold face lying to the American public. You should be ashamed!
— Susan Pazera ✈️ (@SusanPazera) August 21, 2019
This is disgusting. There are no consequences for anything.
— Jeremy Repanich (@racefortheprize) August 21, 2019
This sucks. Won’t be watching (not that I would have been, but extra won’t be.)
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) August 21, 2019
Normalizing a proven liar is not a good way to boost your flagging ratings.
— Me, Myself and Irony© (@bubbz_daddy) August 21, 2019
Might as well get Huckabooboo on there as well, as that show is simply a vehicle for helping Republicans reinvent themselves as likable humans.
— Sean McCabe (@darthstar99) August 21, 2019
Lying to the American People is no joke, not a PR stunt and I will never condone Spicer’s behavior by watching. #Resistance
— Emily Timm (@timm_emily) August 21, 2019
Why though? Why are you normalizing him? Not even republicans respect him any longer.
— Indiana Croussett (@MsIndyCroussett) August 21, 2019
The man took taxpayer money to spew lies. This isn’t cute or entertaining.
— ccr (@Reilly724) August 21, 2019
Great job normalizing a white supremacist administration, guys.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 21, 2019
If you’re going to do fascism or white nationalism, just put on Richard Spencer. That would at least be honest.
— 🆘Our democracy has no more “guardrails” (@brucewilson) August 21, 2019
@ABCNetwork it is unconscionable that you would celebrate and reward someone who lied to the American people on a daily basis like this. You are aiding in this administration’s crusade to turn our democratic government into a farce. Shameful.
— GreyMarket (@GreyMarketBand) August 21, 2019