Family is off-limits
Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich has been suspended after a boneheaded and unclassy move Friday, when she out sent a tweet mocking President Donald J. Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron Trump.
Rich's post was widely condemned Friday and was quickly deleted.
Rich, whose name was taken off the credits for Saturday's show, issued an apology Monday: "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry."
Anonymous Source tells the New York Times the suspension is indefinite.
Polone answers PETA
Film producer Gavin Polone has lashed out at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for mischaracterizing how a German shepherd was treated on the set of the family comedy A Dog's Purpose, which opens Friday. PETA issued stern criticism of Polone and called for fans to boycott the film after TMZ posted footage that seems to show a trainer pushing the struggling dog into a pool of water against its will.
Scenes in the film's trailer, which appear to show a dog plunging into a dangerous rush of water, also came in for criticism from PETA.
Starring Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson, the film follows the fortunes of a pet dog (voiced by Josh Gad) through its entire life and as it is reincarnated several times.
Polone, who says he's an animal lover and a fierce supporter of animal watchdog organizations, writes in the Hollywood Reporter that TMZ's vid "portrays an inaccurate picture of what happened" and that PETA should have done more research before attacking the film. PETA's protest has resulted in a cancellation of the film's Hollywood premiere.
As for the trailer, "THAT ISN'T A REAL DOG," Polone writes in all caps, "it is a computer-generated dog leaping into the water. Isn't that the definition of 'fake news'?"
And the TMZ footage? Polone does concede that a trainer made "absolutely INEXCUSABLE" errors with the dog, but he insists that these were not as severe as PETA claims.