Katie Rich, a Saturday Night Live writer, who made a controversial joke about Barron Trump, has been suspended indefinitely by her employer. The 33-year-old comedian sent out a tweet on Friday comparing Donald Trump’s 10-year-old child to a future murderer. The tweet went viral, and Rich was slammed in every corner of the Internet for mocking a young boy, who has no involvement in his father’s job as president. As things started getting out of hand, the SNL staff member switched her Twitter account to private and tried to lay low.
Rich was probably hoping that the controversy would go away, but on Sunday, Barron Trump received the support of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, who asked for everyone to leave the boy alone. The comments from the former first daughter brought the story back to the front page of news organizations.
This development left NBC with no very good options other than punishing the television writer for the tasteless joke. The whole thing was starting to turn into a public relation nightmare for the network. Liberals, independents, and conservatives found common ground on the need for children to be off limits.
NBC is not commenting on the matter, but a source close to the process confirmed the suspension of the writer, who joined SNL in December 2013 to work on the “Weekend Update.” Rich, who suffers from anxiety and panic disorder, has apologized for her actions. On Monday, she tweeted: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Surprisingly, Donald Trump has not tweeted about the controversy.