A “Saturday Night Live” writer who posted an offensive joke about Barron Trump, son of President Donald Trump, on Twitter has issued an apology for her “inexcusable” words following a suspension from the show.
On Inauguration Day, Katie Rich tweeted that the 10-year-old boy would become “this country’s first homeschool shooter,” but eliminated the post three hours later, The Daily Mail reports.
Twitter users severely criticized her for the post, calling her “scum,” urging for her account to be blocked, and calling on NBC to fire her.
The writer wasn’t fired, but was placed on indefinite suspension after the reaction to the post failed to die down over the weekend, a source said on Jan. 23, Deadline reports.
She recanted her original message in a tweet: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
Rich did not appear in the credits of the show that aired on Jan. 21, and it is unknown when she will be allowed to come back.
Her tweeted apology triggered a mixed reaction. Some Twitter users did not think the apology was sincere enough:
your conscience kicked in when the backlash started huh?
… This came from somewhere that was contrived by the masses…
These people so quick to accept your insincere apology are the same ones that hold a grudge towards Trump for saying far less
Many could not get over the tastelessness of Rich’s remark.
Attacking a 10 year old? Disgusting
insensitive probably isn’t the word for it. You should be fired for even thinking that was remotely funny.
I’m not a Trump supporter, quite the opposite, but that was a horrible thing you did. Barron is a kid! Shame on you!
Other users accepted her apology and were willing to move on.
“We all make mistakes,” posted on follower. “Let’s move on, and I’m a Trump supporter.”
Still others stood behind Rich.
So many against your tweet preaching against insensitivity, but showing their own insensitivity in replies. Hang in there!
Love your work [Katie Rich]! It’s sad that you’re held to a higher standard than the President, but you’re also clearly a bigger person.
10-year-old Barron, who shared the limelight with the rest of his family this weekend in Washington D.C., is set to become the first son of a president to inhabit the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr.
He will be finishing the rest of the school year at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York. Tuition at the school begins at $44,120 for pre-K students.
Sources: The Daily Mail, Deadline / Photo credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune