Queer Eye culture guru Karamo Brown opened up on Wednesday about the backlash he received from his “own side” following his controversial comments on fellow Dancing with the Stars contestant Sean Spicer, comparing himself to Ellen DeGeneres in reference to the criticism she received for befriending George W. Bush.
“A lot of it wasn’t coming from the other side, it was coming from my own side,” he said, referring to liberal Americans. “I just never thought in my heart that people would look at me, and think, as a black gay man living in America, that I was somehow part of the enemy.”
Brown said while he’d only briefly met Spicer before the controversy after they were cast in the 28th season of the dancing contest in August, they’ve since had “real conversations” that Brown believes helped Spicer grow.
He said they had discussions about “how [Spicer] affected the world” and “the lies he told.”
“I have the ability to reach out to those who are different and shouldn’t be ashamed of doing that,” he said.
Shortly after the cast for the season was announced, Brown expressed he was “excited” to meet Spicer in an interview with Access Hollywood. His comments faced immediate backlash from people who objected to a prominent gay man excusing someone who served as the mouthpiece for an anti-LGBTQ administration.