Twitter lit up with off-color jokes and memes during inauguration weekend, but there was one topic that really sent social media into a frenzy: Barron Trump.
President Trump’s 10-year-old son attracted a lot of attention Friday when he appeared on TV, frequently captured on camera as he sat behind his father at the inauguration ceremony at the U.S Capitol. Some Twitter users placed him in unflattering memes; other users immediately took such jokes to task, considering they involved a kid who didn’t ask to be in the spotlight, and children in the first family are supposed to be off-limits.
There was a particularly harsh reaction toward those in the entertainment industry. On Friday afternoon, “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich tweetedthat “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” It immediately triggered a flood of angry tweets. Rich, an improv comedian who has written for NBC’s SNL since December 2013 when she was hired to work on “Weekend Update,” deleted her account in the wake of the backlash. Nearly 79,000 people signed a Change.org petition for her to be fired.