Brown responded Wednesday to a Twitter user’s criticism that he was “lending his celebrity” to the “public rehabilitation” of Spicer, who as press secretary was scrutinized for repeatedly lying on behalf of the Trump administration. Brown said that, though he had “no say” on the casting for the reality show, he was “excited to sit down” with Spicer and engage in “respectful conversations.”
“Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us,” Brown tweeted.
Brown also showed his support of Spicer when he told “Access Hollywood” in an interview that he’d found him to be “nice” and “very sweet.”
“I’m a big believer that if you can talk to someone and meet in the middle, you can learn about each other and help each other both grow. We have been chatting all day today ― he’s a good guy, a really sweet guy,” he said of Spicer.
Brown’s remarks got a cool reception on social media, with many users calling the reality star out for “normalizing” Spicer and his earlier work in the White House.
Several on Twitter called for Brown to quit the show.
″[H]ear me out. You can walk away in protest,” writer David Duran tweeted. “You don’t need that show and you’d be doing a way bigger thing for our community by quitting vs trying to have a conversation with someone who will not listen. You’re better than this.”
As Advocate magazine noted, Brown has stoked political controversy in the past. In 2018, he was chastised by his “Queer Eye” co-star Jonathan Van Ness after raving about a “phenomenal” meeting he’d had with the staff of Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence.
Months later, Brown appeared to hint at a political divide with his “Queer Eye” castmates when he chose to skip the Fab 5′s April meeting with Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“The thing I love about the #Fab5 the most is that we all don’t hold the same view but we respect each other and the process,” Brown tweeted at the time. “For me, its important to champion leaders who understand the importance of speaking the truth and who also understand that our democracy is a bipartisan system & in order to see sustainable change.”
“U must find a way to work w/ the other side while not disrespecting your own party,” he continued.