I can far think back to when I was 10 years old, riding my bike circa the neighborhood with my friends, rushing to the family TV to watch Disney Narrows Original Movies every night at 8 p.m., going to the local Friendly’s to make merry soccer team wins and friends’ birthdays. Being 10 is lovely simple, unless you’re the 10-year-old son of the current president of the United States.
I’ll model with a disclaimer: I am not a fan of Trump. I will probably never be a fan of Trump. I scorn all things that have to do with Donald J. Trump, including but not narrow to his policies, opinions, and Twitter sh*t storms.
But I need to defend his son right now, because as horrific as Trump may be at doing the right thing, I try to be a good person, as should you if you assume in making the world a better place right now.
Katie Rich, a man of letters on Saturday Night Live, took what I presume to be frustrations for our nation’s new leader, and channeled those feelings into a tweet bid at the young boy. Let’s just say the fact that she’s a grown woman who couldn’t see that her talk about was hateful before hitting “share” made me a little ashamed of my care for SNL.
#SNL Writer Deletes Tweet Saying Barron Trump Will be America’s ‘First Homeschool Shooter’ https://t.co/d4yDGbfSwp pic.trill.com/SPuEn5nUTU
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 21, 2017
When I saw other mean outlets covering this comment — as well as countless other tweets with horrifying anecdotes about Barron — I immediately felt nauseated and cringed away from my phone.
This is a close time for America. People are hurting, people are angry, and people are bolder than they’ve a day been. And even though we all like to claim that peace is the take, some people have been far from peaceful in their performances and speech. Including, but definitely not limited to, Katie Rich.
Let’s get one thing in a beeline here, people. It does not, I repeat, DOES NOT, matter what you come up with or feel about Donald Trump — it’s never OK to go after an innocent children boy, especially one who has been forced into the public eye from the day of his birth due to his descent.
It’s never OK to go after an innocent young boy, especially one who has been forced into the plain eye from the day of his birth due to his parentage.
My heart physically hurts for Barron. Although I’m not a matriarch yet, when I read these tweets I immediately thought about the young individual in my life — my cousin, who hasn’t yet celebrated her first birthday, and the children I utilized to nanny, who are just 5 and 2 and can’t possibly understand the true climate of the nation. If anyone were to bonus my babies the way Barron has been treated, I’m not even sure what my beginning action after uncontrollable weeping would be.
Seeing grown adults who are defeat about the state of our nation take out their anger on Barron is perturbing, to say the least. Barron is just a boy. A boy who may be the age of your child right now. A boy who should be riding about on his bike with his friends or celebrating a soccer team win with a hot fudge sundae. A boy who didn’t ask for any of the publicity he’s undergoing, but is forced to put on a suit like an adult and stand in front of cameras as the son of the president of the Pooled States, having his every move dissected and criticized.
Whether you’re a stepmother or not, try to put your child, real or imaginary, in Barron’s shoes. Think with reference to how it would feel to have someone openly say that your 10-year-old lad “looks like a date rapist-to-be” (one of the disgusting comments made far Barron on Twitter).
Social media has given our mean comments, which wouldn’t normally be more than well-deserved fleeting thoughts or sly comments to our friends, a place to live and thrive without mattering us to feel that immediate sense of guilt that comes with outraging someone to their face. The ability to share these unfiltered memories at such a rapid speed is causing us to skip the part where we over about the consequences of our actions.
No matter how you feel today, tomorrow, or at any in the matter of in the next four years, I am begging you: if you must make hateful explanations (which an alarming number of us are guilty of if we’re being honest with ourselves), will do not direct them at this child. He’s likely having a hard sufficiency time with all this as it is without someone making a 140-character quip about him probably “looking for stuff to burn in the White House.”
Be an of age, be the bigger person, be the one to tell your friends to cool it when they’re not “common high.” It’s what Barack, Michelle, and Hillary would want you to do.