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Karamo Brown From "Queer Eye" Responded To The Criticism Over His Defense Of Sean Spicer

“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 told BuzzFeed News.

Posted on November 6, 2019, at 2:36 p.m. ET

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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.

In an interview on BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM, Brown said his son even received death threats after he called Spicer a “good guy, a really sweet guy.”

“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.”

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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.

@accessonline @Karamo Karamo - ❤️ you. But no. @seanspicer is not a good guy. He mocked every American through lies & deceit while taking our taxpayer $ as salary. He knew trump was a liar, criminal, racist- yet he stood there & lied & lied & lied to please his master. Complicit guy - not a good guy.

@accessonline @Karamo He’s NOT a good guy. He’s a liar and a Trump enabler.

His Queer Eye costar Bobby Berk tweeted, but then quickly deleted, support for Brown.


In a recent Watch What Happens Live appearance, Brown said Spicer was a “bad dancer” and “there’s no friendship.”

Brown has co-authored a book with his son, Jason, titled I Am Perfectly Designed, which he hopes sends a message to young readers that they “are beautiful the way they are." He also believes that part of his “perfect design” is connecting with people who are different from him.

Brown also drew similarities between people’s criticism of him and that of Ellen DeGeneres. In October, the talk show host and former president George W. Bush were spotted sitting next to each other at a Dallas Cowboys game and sharing laughs.

DeGeneres faced considerable criticism on Twitter for her association with the conservative former leader, and she responded in an almost-four-minute-long monologue on her show.

Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story.

"Just because I don't agree with someone on everything doesn't mean that I'm not going to be friends with them,” DeGeneres said about the backlash.

Brown was recently eliminated on Dancing with the Stars, while Spicer is still a contestant — thanks, in part, to supportive tweets from his old boss.

Vote for good guy @seanspicer tonight on Dancing With The Stars. He has always been there for us!

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