Sean Spicer, apparently, is no longer the guy large swaths of Americans hate for being a brazenly propagandistic mouthpiece for President Trump. According the the Emmys, we’re over it.
So what if he attempted, again and again, to gaslight our country into believing that objective facts didn’t exist?
Who cares that he continually used the most powerful press position on earth to shamelessly exalt and lionize his boss?
And really, does it matter that, since being forced to resign from the Trump administration, he hasn’t apologized for anything or expressed any real regret?
All of this matters, or, more accurately, it should matter, but it doesn’t seem to. Instead of being blackballed for his lying, his by proxy petulance, and his calamitous tenure, we are now just supposed to see Sean Spicer as a cute little (45-year-old) guy who didn’t mean to do anything wrong. He just got all caught up in the fervor of working for Donald J. Trump, helplessly swept under the the tidal wave of white nationalism, a victim of a MAGA parasite.
During last night’s Emmys, which were a triumph of diversity, Stephen Colbert ran through a quick set-up on ratings, during which Sean Spicer rolled out with a podium to inform everyone that “this will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys period. Both in person, and around the world.”
It’s “funny” because it’s nearly the same thing he said when he lied to the American public about the size of the inauguration crowd. Look at what a sense of humor Sean has about the whole thing, bless his heart.
We are now living within a reality television show. Sean was fired by the host of White House Apprentice, so now he’s doing the typical press rounds, rebuilding his image to parlay these 15 minutes into 20 or 25. This is where we are now, the lines between infamy and adoration are sufficiently blurred, it’s about the level of fame and not much more than that. Spicer was the belle of the ball, tons of celebs snapped pictures with him.
In 2017, it appears we are ready and willing to divorce a political figure from his or her actions nearly immediately. It’s like we take a large syringe and extract all of the bad decisions, questionable behavior, motives, and everything else and just leave the raw fame behind. Harvard named Spicer a visiting fellow this month.
Though the process of washing away the sins of political figures in order to lionize them as famous people is nothing new, the Spicer stuff seems decidedly more cartoonish. It’s true that this White House is filled with a gaggle of folks who seem better suited for reality TV than public service, but this administration is real, and their decisions and actions impact human beings at home and abroad.
Sean Spicer’s tenure as press secretary wasn’t cute, or funny.
Written by Jesse Mechanic
Jesse Mechanic is the editor in chief of The Overgrown.