NEW YORK, U.S. – ‘Saturday Night Live’ writer Katie Rich’s tweet on Donald Trump’s ten-year-old son following the inauguration ceremony sent social media into frenzy, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.
“Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” the SNL writer tweeted, prompting a flood of angry tweets in response.
Standing by his father during the inauguration, the child’s facial expressions and posture were scrutinised, with critics accusing the young boy of looking bored during the ceremony.
“It is a longstanding tradition that the children of presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight,” read a statement from the press secretary’s office. “The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.”
– White House
Rich, a comedian who has written for NBC’s SNL since December 2013, deleted her account after the backlash.
Nearly 79,000 people signed a Change.org petition for her to be fired.
Rich later restored her account on Monday and tweeted an apology.
“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry,” she wrote.
According to reports, Rich has been suspended indefinitely from SNL.
NBC did not comment on the issue.
The NBC Universal page was flooded with comments from fans urging the network to fire Rich.
“Fire Katie Rich! She had no business attacking a 10-year-old child,” one person wrote.
Another wrote, “Time for SNL to re-evaluate its mission and raise the bar for what constitutes humour and become a positive influence in our culture.”
Barron Trump also received the support of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, saying he “deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid.”
Even Monica Lewinsky spoke out on behalf of Barron in a tweet late Monday afternoon.
“All children need to be protected from bullying + mockery. (incl #barrontrump). Let’s be better than this,” she posted.
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