Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich has received a lot of hate for her tweet about Barron Trump recently. Not only that, but she has also been suspended.
Now, the writer has apologized publicly for her “inexcusable,” tweet.
Rich posted her apology on Monday, asking for forgiveness for posting the widely criticized tweet that was meant to be funny but ended up being inappropriate because of Barron’s age.
An insider at SNL has shared that the suspension is indefinite. Rich deleted the problematic tweet a few hours after it was published and her account was deactivated.
“Barron will be this country’s first homeschooled shooter,” Rich tweeted.
On Monday, Rich’s account became active once again, showing just a single tweet: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry,” Rich wrote on Monday.
Her joke about Trump’s 10 year old son broke a convention that places the children of politicians off-limits to ridicule or attacks. In the recent years, because of social media, that respective convention has been tested more than once.
In 2014, Republican Elizabeth Lauten resigned after she posted comments on Facebook that criticized Malia and Sasha Obama’s appearance as their father did the traditional turkey pardon at Thanksgiving.
One of the first that came to Barron Trump’s defense was Chelsea Clinton who said:
“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.”
Some people thought the suspension and the apology were not enough. Radio host Kim Carson tweeted: “U should B fired for this. If U don’t have the common sense 2 know a child is off limits U don’t belong on the SNL platform.”
SNL is yet to comment on the possibility of firing the writer.
Although Rich has been receiving a lot of hate for her mistake, there are still people who are on her side.
“Got your back,” tweeted the official Second City account, where she has worked in the past. The company’s CEO and executive producer Andrew Alexander also tweeted from his personal account: “She has apologized this lady who has a heart of gold does not deserve the nasty pile of hatred directed her way a class act.”
From Jen Ellison, a longtime Chicago actor, writer, director and teacher: “She was held to account for her words & sincerely apologized. Give her a 2nd chance. THEN HOLD EVERYONE TO THE SAME STANDARD.”
John Sabine also tweeted: “Sincerely confused how the moral rubric for a comedian is stricter than for the president.”
“Katie Rich is a very kind, smart and funny person. I’m not defending her Tweet but neither is she. She sincerely apologized,” said Brian Stack, writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“I have tweets in my drafts folder that I’m glad I sat on. There but for the grace of me not hittin’ that tweet button go I,” wrote Laurie Kilmartin, writer for Conan.