The Emmys made an extremely poor decision in featuring Sean Spicer, holds Frank Bruni of The New York Times. This act humanized him in the eyes of the public, indirectly validating his and the White House’s actions under the Trump administration. The former White House press secretary got rewarded with further fame for having spread lies and defended highly disagreeable actions. This indicates that the media has learned little from the rise of President Trump. All publicity is good publicity, even if it’s in the form of ridicule or a joke. Sanitizing Spicer will help his career and wrongly rewards behavior that was all but exemplary.
When the Emmys included Sean Spicer in their program it was in the broader context of ridiculing President Trump, reducing the former to a joke, infers Josef Adalian of Vulture. The idea came from Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert himself, who has been one of Trump’s harshest critics. Spicer even made a dig at himself and the president with a joke about the size of the Emmys' audience. His appearance was a joke in itself, making a mockery of his, and the administration’s past actions. Colbert has publicly stated that he doesn’t forgive Spicer for his actions, making it clear that this decision wasn’t meant to benefit him in any way.