The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place this past Sunday, which means more drama to keep social media thriving for another week. For this particular award show, it was the surprise appearance of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer kept it fairly light, playing off Melissa McCarthy’s parody of him in a few recent Saturday Night Live sketches. But honestly, the crowd was too caught up in the fact that he was there in the first place that it didn’t really matter what he said during his short appearance on the Emmy stage.
The general feeling from celebrities attending the Emmy’s seemed to be shock, with some expressing a distaste for Spicer and a feeling that the appearance was too soon after his resignation from the White House to be joking about anything he said in recent months. But one response stood out above others- Jason Isaacs, most notable for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise.
Hoping to forget politics for one night and bask in other people’s glory at the #Netflix #Emmys party and who do I spot at the bar late at night but the poisonous purveyor of lies #SeanSpicer. What were the Emmys thinking celebrating this modern day Goebbels, who was the thuggish face of Orwellian doublespeak just moments ago? Three surprising things about him: 1) He comes about up to my nipples 2) He doesn’t think he should hide himself under a rock from shame for the rest of his life. 3) He’s deeply unattractive, from the inside out. Has the aura of a giant festering abscess. Strange, since he was so charismatic at the (elevated) podium. #TooSoon #MuchTooSoon
Clearly, it’s no hold barred with Isaacs’s feelings about Spicer. I mean he full on drags the guy through the mud. Isaacs’s aggressive post is taken as humorous by the general Internet population because his digs at Spicer are downright savage, but I feel like if these comments were made in person at an interview or on a late night talk show, it would make people feel uneasy. Maybe that’s just me. But this post and the Internet’s reaction to it has made me once again consider the way that people of importance look at social media. I had a good laugh at Jason Isaacs’s post (especially when you think of Lucius Malfoy saying it) because I think the majority of us agree that Sean Spicer is not the best person, but I hope that aggression like this doesn’t become a trend. Just because something is written behind a computer or phone screen instead of in person, that doesn’t make it less akin to bullying. A world where celebrities use bullying tactics on social media to get a laugh out of their thousands or millions of followers at someone else’s expense is arguably a dystopia.