'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Breaks His Silence After Controversial DWTS Comments

"My kids/family & I were being threatened by strangers."

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Queer Eye star Karamo Brown returned to social media yesterday and posted an emotional video addressing the backlash following his controversial comments about his fellow Dancing With the Stars contestant Sean Spicer.

Following the Aug. 21 announcement of the full cast for DWTS season 28, which included both Brown and Spicer, Brown spoke about the former Trump staffer during an interview with Access, saying "He's a good guy, a really sweet guy." Fans online erupted with harsh criticisms of Brown, questioning how the openly gay television star could ignore Spicer's many public defenses of anti-LGBTQ policies proposed by the Trump administration.

Get a fucking grip. There is no friendship with people who enable fascism.

— roxane gay (@rgay) August 22, 2019

Soon after, Brown began blocking many of his critics on Twitter, including prominent LGBTQ authors and activists, and posted a tweet defending his comments, stating "Only way things get better is if we try to educate those who have different POV than us. But I understand how my comments could lead people to believe that I don’t understand the gravity of the situation."

Brown ultimately deleted his Twitter account and turned off the commenting feature on all of his Instagram posts.

After two weeks of silence, Brown got back on his Instagram page yesterday and posted a video of himself sitting in a car, emotionally singing along to "Girl" by Maren Morris, along with a caption explaining what him and his family have gone through since he made his initial comments.

"So... some of you may know I deleted my other social media pages and took a long break from posting on ig because I been in a bad state of mind," Brown wrote. "My kids/family & I were being threatened by strangers... People who I thought supported & loved me turned their backs on me... saying I was a traitor, a horrible person, delusional and treating me really bad... but as I walk into my first dance rehearsal for @dancingabc No More Tears and No More Holding My Head Low! Im playing my favorite/pick me up song from @marenmorris ... taking a deep breath and reminding myself #EverythingsGonnaBeOkay ❤️😘 #ImBack"

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So... some of you may know I deleted my other social media pages and took a long break from posting on ig because I been in a bad state of mind. My kids/family & I were being threatened by strangers... People who I thought supported & loved me turned their backs on me... saying I was a traitor, a horrible person, delusional and treating me really bad... but as I walk into my first dance rehearsal for @dancingabc No More Tears and No More Holding My Head Low! Im playing my favorite/pick me up song from @marenmorris ... taking a deep breath and reminding myself #EverythingsGonnaBeOkay ❤️😘 #ImBack

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The post was flooded with hundreds of positive comments supporting Brown, including one from his Queer Eye co-star Tan France who wrote "GLAD TO HAVE OUR KK BACK!! ❤️"

Some commenters, however, were still frustrated with Brown's participation in what they see as DWTS's attempt at normalizing Spicer's hateful actions.

"lol maybe don’t support a network that’s trying to depoliticize a monster then," one person wrote.

Despite his return to Instagram, Brown has not yet reactivated his Twitter account.

Brown, along with his fellow contestants, including former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, The Office star Kate Flannery, and Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek, is continuing intensive rehearsals for DWTS, which will premiere on Monday Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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