Only a few days ago a tweet by Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich went viral, but not in a good way, and caused such a serious backlash against her she ended up getting suspended from her comedy writing position.
Katie Rich, who up until now had been actively writing SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment of their show, sent a tweet on inauguration day mocking President Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron. Apparently Rich was trying to be funny and making a joke, although the punchline was lost on nearly everybody, but there’s nothing funny about bashing young children along with referencing school shootings in the same sentence.
The backlash against Katie Rich on Twitter was swift as her disgusting tweet made it rounds among the typical social media circles, and the response was overwhelmingly negative. A petition was even started on Change.org to get Rich fired from SNL, which as of this time has over 177,000 signatures.
The fact that writers and other people are willing to attack Barron Trump, a ten year-old, just shows how much we really needed change.
— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) January 20, 2017
Today it has been reported that Katie Rich was “suspended indefinitely” from her position with Saturday Night Live, and has issued a tweet apologizing for her filthy, not funny joke.
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
Perhaps these liberal should keep their anti-Trump jokes to themselves next time, or better yet, learn that no where is it acceptable to insult someone’s young child as way of attacking their beliefs.
There was a particularly harsh reaction toward those in the entertainment industry. On Friday afternoon, “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich tweeted that “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” It immediately triggered a flood of angry tweets. Rich, an improve comedian who has written for NBC’s SNL since December 2013 when she was hired to work on “Weekend Update,” deleted her account after the backlash. Nearly 79,000 people signed a Change.org petition for her to be fired.
Rich has been suspended indefinitely from SNL in the wake of the tweet, according to a person familiar with the situation. Monday afternoon, Rich restored her Twitter account and tweeted an apology, though all of her other tweets have been deleted. “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry,” she wrote.
Oddly enough SNL chose to suspend Rich rather than terminate her, but it is typical of companies to suspend an employee while they perform an investigation and Human Resources gets the paperwork in order. Or, as some have suggested, SNL may have just made a gesture to diffuse the negative blowback of her comments, told her to apologize and will quietly allow her to return to her position when it blows over. Let’s hope that’s not the case.
Extreme leftists have been unleashing a firestorm of vulgarity and lunacy since Trump’s victory in the election, but now it’s been kicked into overdrive after his inauguration. Perhaps these leftists were holding on to some slim hope that Trump would somehow be prevented from taking office due to the mainstream media constantly drumming up “Russian hackers” and making claims of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. However, all of the fake news that the media has thrown at President Trump has thus far only ended up backfiring and decreasing their already low credibility.
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