Comedy writer Katie Rich’s suspension from “Saturday Night Live” is not sitting well with some fans.
The hashtag #KeepKatieRich was born Monday afternoon after the late night sketch comedy show suspended Rich following a tweet she sent last week disparaging Barron Trump.
An individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap that Rich was suspended immediately after she posted — then deleted — a tweet on Friday in which she joked that Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son could become the country’s first “homeschool shooter.” The suspension is indefinite.
However, the #KeepKatieRich crowd believes the punishment does not fit the crime, especially compared to Trump’s own history on Twitter.
“She deleted the tweet & apologized sincerely, demonstrating empathy, class & character. She didn’t call it ‘locker room talk,'” added comedy writer Julia Weiss.
“Katie Rich made a joke in poor taste and, unlike Drumpf, actually apologized. Don’t set a horrible precedent by firing her,” said another supporter.
Rich issued an apology via her Twitter account, which reads: “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry.”
People immediately began bashing Rich for the joke, with a Change.org petition calling for her to be fired reaching almost 80,000 signatures at the time of this publishing.
“Community” creator Dan Harmon seemed to offer Rich a job in light of her suspension, and devoted several tweets to defending her.
“I’m sure Katie Rich will have better offers but I’ll start bidding, will fly her to LA first class and give her what my studio pays me,” he said, adding, “Now you want her fired AND you don’t want her to work somewhere else?”
“I would tolerate all jokes,” Harmon said in response to a question about whether he would tolerate a similar joke about Sasha or Malia Obama. “I do tolerate all jokes. And so do you. Because we have not lost our motherf—ing god d–n minds.”
See below for a sampling of more tweets in support of the comedian.