Much has been said about Sean Spicer’s laughable cameo at the Emmys on Sunday night, including right here at Paste. The bottom line is that it was a really bad decision on the part of everybody who helped make it, but also an entirely unsurprising one, as we’ve seen for decades that political controversy only hurts your career if it involves sex (and even that went out the window over the last couple of decades) or if you’re a football player who thinks America should maybe stop killing so many black people. We knew all these Trump apologists and lackeys would eventually yuk it up on the talk show circuit and drop in on SNL because that’s how this stuff happens.
That doesn’t mean it’s right, though. While Colbert apparently had no reservations with sharing a stage with the guy who was the mouthpiece for Trump’s Muslim ban, a guy who either lied about Hitler’s Final Solution or somehow was unaware of it, Desus Nice and the Kid Mero of Viceland’s Desus & Mero reacted the way all reasonable, rational, intelligent people should: with complete contempt. The word “normalize” has gotten a monster workout since Trump’s election, but it applies perfectly in this situation, and it’s exactly this kind of thing that people like Colbert should know enough to avoid. Desus and Mero’s segment from last night’s episode, which you can watch below, is pretty much the final word on the whole situation. During the clip the two ask why they weren’t invited to the Emmys; after watching this, and their awesome show, you’ll be wanting them to host the damn thing.