Politics vs. comedians

When does a “joke” cross the line?


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Most political matters are very serious. All of the people who deal with anything politics related, do their very best to be professional when speaking or listening. However, sometimes these politicians slip up. It’s just one of the hilarious flaws of being human. And we, fellow humans, laugh at these slip –  ups occasionally. The majority of the blunders are found and taken in by late night talk shows like Saturday Night Live (SNL). They are then turned into a bit and performed by celebrities. They are enjoyed by many families in the U.S.. Occasionally, some of the political bloopers are too small to turn into a sitcom, so it is tweeted out to the public via Twitter. This mostly harmless tweet gives the public a good laugh. However, the joke made is not always an appropriate one; especially if is contains harassment or profanity. SNL writer, Katie Rich, felt the heat when she posted an inappropriate tweet regarding President Trump’s 10 year old son.

Popular writer for the hit late night talk show, Katie Rich, has been suspended from her job. This is the effect of a tweet that was supposedly harmless. During President Trump’s inauguration on Friday, Rich sent out a tweet that mocked Barron Trump, his 10 year old son. The tweet was widely criticized by many on social media. Rich ultimately deleted the tweet as well as her Twitter account, which she then reactivated on Monday in order to post an apology. “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet,” Rich tweeted. “I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.” Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, tweeted how “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid.” This meaning that publicity should not have any effect on his upbringing.

As for some people, the matter has been accepted and has been moved on with. For others, however, this is still a hot topic. For sophomore April Yumul, it is clear that “we should keep the children and minors in general out of the media. It exposes their minds to too much negativity which is not healthy at young ages.” Another sophomore, Shelby Hachtel, shares that “it is wrong to make fun of  a child, especially because in this case it is about his appearance (something he has absolutely no control over).”

No child should have to suffer being made fun of, whether it is in a classroom, or sadly in front of the entire country. It can be very harmful to their self-esteem in the future and even now. This may have been acceptable for a younger child to banter back and forth with Barron (the 10 year old son of President Trump), however, this was the work of an adult. Yes, she was trying to do her job: be a comedian, and that job does come with many risks. Sadly, this is one of those risks that she must now suffer the consequences for.