Katie Rich started writing for Saturday Night Live in December of 2013 creating original comedic pieces for the weekly show before being suspended indefinitely.
On January 20, President Trump was inaugurated with his entire family by his side. 10-year old Barron Trump, is the youngest of the family and only child living in the White
House with his father. Children of the POTUS have always been off limits when it comes to public scrutiny. With this election being so controversial and the first during social media’s prime, people have been forgetting just how young and innocent the children are.
Katie Rich went to Twitter and said “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.”
As a completely inappropriate, insensitive, and offensive tweet, Saturday Night Live producers wasted no time suspending her from their team. The public’s outrage was undeniable.
Realizing the damage she had just done to her reputation and career, she deleted the tweet and her account a few hours later. Soon after, she reactivated her account and issued an apology via Twitter that read, “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & my offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Some people were not very amused by her apology. Sheryl Holden commented on The Hollywood Gossip‘s article saying, “Maybe if she would have issued the apology soon after she may not have lost her job. I was never an Obama supporter but I would never dream of verbally attacking one of his girls. Children are off limits period!”
Other people took this time to voice their opinions on the matter. Writer of the Guardian
and Huffington Post, Karen Geier, actually went to twitter defending Rich’s statement. [BOLD MOVE!] Geier commented on Rich’s apology accusing SNL of forcing Rich to publicly apologize and that “it’s complete bullshit.” She went on to defend Rich explaining that the original tweet was a joke. [My thoughts: From the evidence of this past event, you should probably keep your mouth shut on the controversy if you have any intentions of keeping your job.] EEK!
Luckily, Chelsea Clinton went to Twitter to put her two cents in and brought a bit of peace to the issue. Even though she is an obvious member of the Democratic side, Clinton defends Barron by supporting the cause of ‘children are off limits!’ Following that, she makes sure to note that she does not agree with POTUS’s policies that she feels, “hurt kids.” [Honestly – you were going strong there and probably could’ve left that part out, Chelsea! It’s okay though!]There was also a little surprise visitor to this insane situation, one that should probably be left in the past. Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton’s ex-mistress and now cyber bully activist, decided to chime in on this, already uncomfortable, debate. She tweeted, “all children need to be protected from bullying + mockery. Let’s be better than this,” above an article linking to a Bustle article regarding ‘funny’ tweets about Barron. [Please go home, Monica. You’re pretty irrelevant in this situation.]Shown are just a few of the thousands of opinions on this topic that are soaring across the Twitter-sphere. How do you feel about this situation? Do you think SNL was wrong for suspending Katie Rich? Do you want to see Rich writing for the show again? Do you think her original tweet was completely outrageous or excusable because of our first amendment rights?