ABC Faces Boycott Threat for Casting Sean Spicer on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks about his new book "The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President," at a book launch party, at Pearl Street Warehouse, on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
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ABC is facing calls for a boycott after the network announced that Sean Spicer will join the upcoming season of the popular reality competition series Dancing with the Stars.

Sean Spicer, who served as President Donald Trump’s first press secretary and director of communications, will join a cast that includes Christie Brinkley, Lamar Odom, James Van Der Beek, singer Mary Wilson and country star Lauren Alaina. The show’s 28th season is set to begin airing in September.

But no sooner was the casting announced Wednesday on Good Morning America did threats of a viewer and advertiser boycott began flying on social media.

Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump PAC, wrote: “You will face a boycott. A big one. Of the show and of your entire network. And it will be well deserved. Folks will contact every advertiser you have and demand they stop running ads.”

Jon Cooper, who serves as chairman of the Democratic Coalition, called the show #DancingtoFascism and said it was “helping to normalize” Spicer.

Charlotte Clymer, press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, said Wednesday that Spicer belongs on a “public blacklist.”

Spicer served as the White House press secretary for the first six months, before stepping down. He was succeeded briefly by Anthony Scaramucci, followed by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

After leaving the White House, Spicer made a surprise appearance during the 2017 Emmy Awards telecast. Last year, he released the book The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President about his time in the White House. Last January, appearing on HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, Spicer said he “screwed up” during his Trump White House tenure on several issues.

Also joining the new season of Dancing with the Stars will be Kate Flannery, Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Ally Brooke, and Kate Flannery.

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