White House Asks Press And Social Media Users To Protect 10-Year-Old Barron Trump's Right To Be A Kid

Everyone take notice.

Controversy erupted this week when a writer for Saturday Night Live tweeted an offensive joke about President Donald Trump's 10-year-old son Barron, and the White House responded swiftly.

In a statement, the White House reiterated that it is a "longstanding tradition" to avoid critical coverage of presidential children. It's a timely and important reminder about the privacy the public should afford to the children of well-known figures.

"It is a longstanding tradition that the children of presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight," the press release read. "The White House fully expects this tradition to continue. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter." 

The SNL writer has since apologized for the tweet. 


It's hardly the first time the children of a sitting president have been subject to some offensive jokes. In 1992, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh compared then-12-year-old Chelsea Clinton to a dog. That might have something to do with the tweet Clinton fired off about Barron just this week. 

A Plus has a long-standing tradition of advocating for the privacy of children who are living with high-profile parents, a conversation made possible in part by the work of actress Kristen Bell, who launched a campaign in 2014 asking magazines to adopt a "no kids policy" when it came to purchasing photographs of celebs with growing families.

"No parent should feel like their child is being taken advantage of because of the choices they made on their career paths," Bell told The Huffington Post at the time"The basis of the issue is keeping strangers away from children, whether they have cameras or not."

In the wake of criticism around Barron Trump, Twitter erupted in support of leaving him out of the public conversation. 

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Debby Wong.


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