"Saturday Night Live" writer Katie Rich has been suspended for a tweet she posted Friday mocking President Donald Trump's 10-year-old son Barron.
The tweet, in which Rich said, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter” sparked a widespread backlash. An online petition calling for NBC, which airs "SNL," to fire Rich garnered more than 85,000 signatures on Change.org.
"A child’s self-esteem can be devastatingly affected long after being bullied or harassed," the petition read.
NBC needs to put their money where their mouth is and fire Katie Rich if they truly believe that there is no tolerance for bullying.
NBC heard the call loud and clear and immediately suspended Rich. A source familiar with the inner workings of "SNL" told the New York Times that Rich was suspended indefinitely.
Rich's name did not appear in the closing credits of Saturday's show.
I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.
Rich, who deactivated her Twitter account after the incident, reactivated her account Monday and posted an apology.
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
Rich wasn't the only one under fire for mocking Barron Trump during the inauguration.
"Modern Family" star Julie Bowen received backlash for a series of jokes she made on Instagram about Barron during the inauguration.
In one post, Bowen joked that Barron was probably on his Gameboy during the swearing-in ceremony. And in another, she joked about Barron having different political views than his father.
Chelsea Clinton came to Barron Trump's defense saying he deserves the chance to be a kid.
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