Karamo Brown has deleted his Twitter just days after being announced as a competitor on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Brown faced harsh criticism from the LGBTQ+ community for his comments about his new co-star former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who Brown said he was “excited” to sit down with and “engage in a respectful conversations.” He further doubled down on this sentiment in an interview with Access Hollywood, calling Spicer “a good guy; a really sweet guy.”
And the girls were not having, including Out contributor Evan Ross Katz, who posted the Access Hollywood clip online. Within hours, Brown replied that he “honestly can’t stand people like you who post things like this” and that “we fight harder than your ass ever has for people of color and members of the LGBTQIA community,” likely referring to the cast of Queer Eye. He then blocked Katz. Brown went on to block others who disagreed with his stance including drag queen and activist Marti Gould Cummings.
Here’s Karamo Brown calling Sean Spicer “a good guy; a really sweet guy” cause what’s morality, really? pic.twitter.com/WQVgfVVkFc
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) August 21, 2019
On Thursday, seeming to understand damage control was required, Brown wrote on Twitter he’s “a trained social worker and my first instinct is always to sit down and have a conversation. But I understand how my comments could lead people to believe that I don’t understand the gravity of the situation. The personal is political.”
He continued: “I’m reminded of it daily as a gay man of color. I know that representation matters — that it can affect change. I see you & I hear you. I’m bringing my personal message of love, equity & inclusion to the dance floor. I want it to eclipse & triumph over divisiveness & hatred.” Pretty sure he meant “equality” instead of “equity,” but what a Freudian slip.
Hours later, Brown’s Twitter was gone. It’s unclear whether he temporarily deactivated it or completely deleted — I have an unfortunate feeling it's the former. He also turned off comments on his Instagram.
Brown’s Queer Eye castmate Bobby Berk was quick to come to his defense, claiming on Twitter producers and casting set up Brown and the rest of the cast by “planting political land mines.” He blamed Brown’s defense of Spicer as a product of the Fab Five’s media training, saying they were taught “over and over to not talk smack about anyone in an interviews and to try to be as nice as possible. When being backed in a corner about voicing his opinions about @seanspicer Karamo’s media training kicked in as we are trained to do.”
“Everything around us is constantly too political as it is,” he wrote. “Shame on you ABC for now making this beloved show political by casting one of the biggest liars who has ever been. It’s called ‘Dancing with the STARS’ and the fact that you’re calling him a star is disgusting”
Maybe...get better media training?