Suspended "Saturday Night Live" writer Katie Rich is receiving support from some colleagues and fans after apologizing for an insensitive tweet she posted about President Donald Trump’s son Barron.
"SNL" suspended Rich indefinitely after she tweeted 10-year-old Barron would be "this country’s first homeschool shooter." A public outcry ensued, with many commenters asking for Rich to be fired.
Rich deleted the tweet and deactivated her Twitter account before reactivating it Monday and posting an apology.
Not everyone accepted Rich’s apology. As of Tuesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reported there were 19 separate petitions on Change.org asking for Rich to be fired.
Others including former co-workers from Second City, where Rich performed before moving to “SNL,” asked that Rich be reinstated and given a second chance in the wake of her apology.
Laurie Kilmartin of “Conan” tweeted, “I have tweets in my drafts folder that I’m glad I sat on. There but for the grace of me not hittin’ that tweet button go I,” the Tribune noted.
In 1993, SNL’s Mike Myers had to apologize to the Clinton family after a skit that mocked Chelsea Clinton. The show also poked fun at then-9-year-old Amy Carter in the 1970s.
There was both support and backlash for Rich on Twitter, as well as people who joked about the perceived double standard between her and Donald Trump.
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