'Unexpected, unwelcome - and unabashed shamelessness' - Massive backlash to Sean Spicer's Emmys appearance
Not everyone was laughing when Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance on stage at Sunday night's Emmys.
The former White House press secretary came on stage during Stephen Colbert's opening monologue to take the Mick out of himself and Trump.
Colbert was joking about the size of the audience in reference to Spicer's 'alternative facts' comment with regard to the size of the inauguration crowd.
Spicer, standing behind the podium on which Melissa McCarthy plays him on Saturday Night Live, said, "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys period, both in person and around the world."
Colbert added, "Melissa McCarthy, everyone!"
However, many viewers on social media were appalled by Spicer's appearance.
Some likened it to Jimmy Fallon ruffling Donald Trump's hair during his appearance on The Tonight SHow last year during the presidential race.
Here's a selection of reactions:
I didn't watch Sean Spicer's bit at the Emmys but I'm horrified it happened. Mouthpieces for white supremacist regimes are not funny.— Erika Heidewald (@erikaheidewald) September 18, 2017
Grow a spine and take a fucking stand for decency, @TheEmmys. Sean Spicer is a joke but he's not funny.— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) September 18, 2017
Since when is okay to normalized and give airtime like a guy like Sean spicer not funny, wake up this shouldn't happen pic.twitter.com/SKL4wPlrnP— Jimmie Copeland (@jimmiec4) September 18, 2017
Acting like Sean Spicer is just another funny guy is the same blurring of entertainment and politics that led to Trump becoming president.— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) September 18, 2017
Good morning to everyone except whoever thought "softening" Sean Spicer through pop culture participation would be funny and edgy pic.twitter.com/dFwovCuDm1— Flavia Dzodan (@redlightvoices) September 18, 2017
I'm not ready to laugh "with" Sean Spicer. I think he is an evil, opportunistic liar that hurt our country.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 18, 2017
Unexpected, unwelcome -- and unabashed shamelessness on Spicer's part. Pathetic to not just normalize but spotlight & reward the unethical.— Cindy C (@mtcatlady17) September 18, 2017