Yeah, we aren’t really buying your apology. Seems like the conscience only kicked in after the backlash and the suspension happened. And thank goodness a lot of other people see it like we do. Check out the tweets she received.
A Saturday Night Live writer who made a bad-taste joke about Barron Trump on Twitter has apologized for her ‘inexcusable’ actions after she was suspended from the show.
On Inauguration Day Katie Rich tweeted that the ten-year-old boy would become ‘this country’s first homeschool shooter,’ but deleted it three hours later.
She then came in for an avalanche of criticism from Twitter users, who branded her ‘scum’, called for her account to be blocked, and urged NBC to fire her.
Rich wasn’t fired, but she was suspended indefinitely from working on the show after the furor failed to cool down over the weekend, an insider told Deadline Monday.
The same day, she tweeted: ‘I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.’
Rich was not credited on Saturday’s edition of the show, and it’s not known when she will return.
The response to her apology was mixed, to say the least.
Many doubted the sincerity of her apology, with users John McLemore suggesting that Rich’s ‘conscience kicked in when the backlash started,’ and Domenico Cusumano saying ‘This came from somewhere that was contrived by the masses.’
And a user named ‘Ashley’ said: ‘These people so quick to accept your insincere apology are the same ones that hold a grudge towards Trump for saying far less.’
Others were just unable to overcome their disgust at her remark.
A user called Joey complained: ‘Attacking a 10 year old? Disgusting,’ while Eric Mulholland wrote: ‘Insensitive probably isn’t the word for it.
‘You should be fired for even thinking that was remotely funny.’
Even some of those who were nominally on Rich’s side didn’t agree with her bad-taste gag.
‘Please don’t do or say these things in the future, very hateful, it’s the exact opposite what we need today,’ said Howard Vince. ‘Protest w class.’
Meanwhile, Klau said: ‘I’m not a Trump supporter, quite the opposite, but that was a horrible thing you did. Barron is a kid! Shame on you!’