Even "Saturday Night Live" has a joke line you can't cross.
SNL suspended writer Katie Rich "immediately" after her inauguration day tweet about President Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron. On Friday, Jan. 20, she wrote, "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter." Yikes. That tweet was deleted, and now the only tweet on her account is this apology:
I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.
— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) January 23, 2017
The New York Times was the first to report the news of Rich's suspension, which was described as "indefinite." Deadline noted that Rich had been writing for SNL since December 2013, working exclusively on "Weekend Update." She was not listed in the credits for the Saturday, Jan. 21 episode.
As usual, with anything controversial -- especially politicized -- the public comment has been mixed. A few people defended the joke as just a joke, but many others called for Rich's dismissal.
Both sides of the aisle seem close to actually agreeing on one point: The children of public figures should be off limits for mockery. They did not sign up for this, they are just kids. On that note, "Modern Family" Julie Bowen also took some heat for her own inauguration day tweets about Barron looking like he was on his Gameboy or horrified with events, and she eventually replied to criticism:
.@MyraLisa I love that Barron is a kid being a kid. My kids would be a horror show at a public event! Just trying to keep it light.
— Julie Bowen (@itsJulieBowen) January 20, 2017
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