Ethan Ralph, my co-host on our Saturday night round-up show the Killstream, was one of the first journos to break the news that Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, was fired for her tweet about Barron Trump.
Rice tweeted, for those accessing on mobile who can’t see the images, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Super funny, Katie. First of all, he’s not homeschooled. Secondly, you write for SNL and that’s the best you can come up with? Really? Katie should be fired because she isn’t funny, which is odd, because she’s kind of ugly and kind of ugly girls generally have to be funny or really good at giving head if they want to date red-blooded males.
I’ve been a bit torn over this issue, because on the one hand, I think ten-year old kids should be off limits at all times, but particularly for the actions and opinions of their parents. What exactly is Barron supposed to do about his Dad being the President of the United States? Should Barron denounce his father is some sort of twisted Fourth Reich meets Communist China nightmare? Chelsea Clinton clearly thinks so.
He’s a child, even if he is taller than his 22 year old sister. How tall is that kid? How much does he eat? My 11 year old is already starting to freak me out with his appetite. I guess Melania isn’t worried about her Whole Foods bill, but still! He’s massive!
Barron’s size, I think, might lull idiots and haters into forgetting, at least momentarily, that he is ten years old. Sasha and Malia Obama were off limits to the press in this way, weren’t they? Even when laced with profanity, the jokes are pretty benign.
There are lots of articles about the Obama girls cringing at their father’s jokes, but rarely are the girls the butt of mean jokes themselves, and certainly not from SNL. When Malia went to Harvard, Twitter got a bit testy, but still remained pretty civil.
Even when Malia played beer pong, verified social media was pretty calm. It was more important to insult the Bush daughters than the Obama ones.
And speaking of the Bush daughters, oh my!
Come on now, media. It’s hard for me to feel sorry for Katie Rich and anyone else who faces serious consequences for tweeting nasty shit about Barron Trump, when they seem to grasp the reality of being the child of a POTUS when the POTUS is a Democrat. The hypocrisy is bullshit, and I mean that in the Harry Frankfurt sense of bullshit: it’s designed to create an image of the author rather than address any reality that exists. Virtue-signalling. By attacking a ten year old boy.
I also strongly suspect that Barron Trump can look at a tweet like that and think “whatever” and he simply carries on with his day as the gorgeous son of the most powerful man in the world. Barron is likely already more of an adult than the morons making craptastic jokes about him.
What offends me most about Katie’s tweet is that it’s not even funny. I really don’t have a problem with people tweeting about Barron Trump. Here’s one that made me laugh.
Joel Rubin can be a real asshole, but he managed to make a Barron joke that wasn’t ugly and terrible:
I’m going to come down on the side of free speech here and say that tweeting about Barron Trump should be protected speech, and no one should get fired for being a dick to anyone on social media. That’s the kind of thin-skinned , perpetually offended, cry-baby bullshit I will vociferously condemn when liberals try it. Barron Trump is a child, and it is the responsibility of his mom and dad to decide what social media he has access to, or in the alternative, to help him process and understand the shit he reads.
Katie Rich should lose her job because the bitch isn’t funny.
Not because Barron is a snowflake who must be protected from meanie-weenies on the internet.
Lots of love,