Sean Spicer is no longer stalking through the halls of the West Wing, but the sweaty, combative, and mendacious stain he left on the office of White House Press Secretary is still fresh in the minds of many Americans.
It’s hardly surprising then, that Saturday Night Live’s Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of Spicer was such a national hit. Alternatingly bitter and apoplectic, she created a version of Spicer that exaggerated his worst elements, making it clear how fundamentally unsuited he was for the job. Spicer resigned in July, just a mere six months after taking the position.
While his tenure was terrible for his public image, it’s been a gift to McCarthy, and her talents have just been rightly rewarded. McCarthy won a Creative Arts Emmy award last night in the category of “best guest actress in a comedy series,” reports The Associated Press. The Creative Arts Emmys are awarded a week before the Primetime Emmys.
Watch some of McCarthy’s Spicer bits below.
After his resignation, Spicer appeared on FOX News for an interview with Sean Hannity and responded to McCarthy’s impersonation. “I think that there were some parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line,” he said. “It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious. I’m a prankster, I like a good joke. I think when it’s funny, it’s funny. Sometimes it goes from funny to mean,” he added.
Spicer may not like the mocking treatment he received, but he deserves it for choosing to serve in such an obviously corrupt, hateful administration. He has done a grave disservice to this country and been complicit in inflicting serious damage to our institutions.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.