It seems like just yesterday we were collectively reprimanding Jimmy Fallon for laughing along with Donald Trump and ruffling his hair on national TV, but apparently Stephen Colbert and his team of Emmy writers nevertheless thought giving Sean Spicer a cameo during last night's (September 17) broadcast was a good idea.
Trump's former press secretary may have provided some of Saturday Night Live's best satirical fodder for Melissa McCarthy during its latest season, but when Colbert introduced the real deal during the Emmy Awards, no one looked less amused than the "Spicey" impersonator herself.
Spicer came out and told the star-studded Emmy audience that this was indeed the "largest audience to witness an Emmys, period" — making a mockery of the blatant lies he told while employed by the president of the United States, starting right from Trump's inauguration.
When the initial shock wore off the faces of the celebrities in attendance, viewers took to Twitter to voice their dismay at letting Spicer off the hook and turning him into a playful punch line.
UPDATE (9/19, 12:50 p.m. EDT): Spicer has now responded to the backlash, telling the Associated Press, "People are reading too much into this." Along with saying everyone shouldn't be so serious about his Emmys cameo, Spicer said he made the party rounds following the show. "I was surprised at how nice people were to me," he said, "even the people who I know don't agree with me politically."
See some of the strongest reactions below.
Wish I was at the Emmys so I could have jerked off @seanspicer too!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 18, 2017
Hollywood just tousled Sean Spicer's hair.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) 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
We've spent a week litigating how much time Hillary deserves in the public eye, but Sean Spicer is gearing up for fucking carpool karaoke.— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer is not funny or forgiven. If you lie in the name of fascism you are permanently stained. Go away.— Sean Kent (@seankent) September 18, 2017
DT is a sick liar. If we reward Sean Spicer for enabling his sickness,we are saying we accept a mentally ill POTUS.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) September 18, 2017
So, Sean Spicer is funny to mock, but as an actual figure, really isn't funny at all.— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) September 18, 2017
Remember, we can choose what gets normalized.
.@seanspicer can normalize himself in good fun, but he still passionately advocated against human rights, health care, & American values— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) September 18, 2017
As Deray would say, watch whiteness work to normalize Sean Spicer! COME! ON!— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2017
Harvard fellowships, Emmy appearances, huge speaking fees: there's just gonna be no penalty for working in Trump's White House, huh?— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 18, 2017
Watch the problematic cameo from last night's show down below. Catch up on all of the 2017 Emmy Award winners here.