Jeopardy star Ken Jennings may be giving comedian Kathy Griffin a run for her money in the contest of who can be most distasteful on the internet. After hearing about first son Barron Trump’s horrified reaction to Kathy Griffin’s bloody mock decapitation of President Donald Trump, Jennings chose to mock the 11-year-old on Twitter. Now, Twitter users from all walks of life are calling on book publisher Simon and Schuster to end their association with Jennings, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the Inquisitr, CNN dropped Kathy Griffin from co-hosting its annual New Years’ Eve show after creating and sharing the bloody photos. Simon and Schuster could follow suit and drop Ken Jennings if enough public pressure is applied.
After Griffin posted a gruesome photo of a decapitated head made in likeness to President Trump, the internet was abuzz with reactions, mostly those of shock and horror. According to TMZ, the saddest reaction may have come from President Trump’s 11-year-old son, Barron Trump, who thought that Kathy Griffin’s mock beheading of the president was real. Trump family sources claim that Barron was watching a TV show when the news came on. After seeing the image, he panicked and started screaming “Mommy, mommy!” While most human beings on the internet reacted with appropriate horror and compassion to the fact that a young boy thought his father had been killed, Jeopardy champion and children’s book author Ken Jennings thought it would be a good idea to mock the 11-year-old for his pain.
Ken Jennings Mocks Barron Trump On Twitter
On Wednesday, Ken Jennings took to Twitter to write the heartless tweet, “Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking.”
After Twitter users called Jennings out for his cruel remark, the Jeopardy star doubled down. In an exchange highlighted on Mediaite, Jennings responded to user @SlugCannery who wrote “No, please don’t. He’s a child” with “I have moved the necktie to one side of the ham but it still looks a little like the president. :(.”
Donald Trump Jr. even responded to Jennings’ cruel, unfunny joke, tweeting, “It takes a real man to pick on an 11 year old. Yet another low from the left, but they will rationalize this away with their usual excuses.”
According to the Inquisitr, Kathy Griffin apologized after receiving tremendous backlash for her violent photo. Instead of following suit after receiving a similar level of universal condemnation, Ken Jennings decided to attack anyone who criticized him, especially the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., whose tweet garnered an odd response from Jennings, apparently referencing Don Jr.’s big game hunting.
“I will kill as many white rhinos as it takes to prove my masculinity to Donald Trump Jr.”
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) February 25, 2016
This Isn’t The First Unhinged Tweet From Jennings
Those who think this latest insensitive tweet about Barron Trump is the only time Ken Jennings has shown callousness toward those who are suffering are dead wrong.
In 2015, Time reported that after a terminally ill Star Wars fan died after seeing an early screening of The Force Awakens, Jennings tweeted, “It can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.”
His fans derided these comments as “disgusting” and lacking “decent behavior.”
In 2014, Ken Jennings tweeted the insensitive and unfunny quip, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
The supposed liberal received intense backlash for this blatantly ableist tweet.
It can't be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 10, 2015
Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014
A more recent tweet calls for violence against entire regions of the United States. After President Trump was elected, Jennings reacted by stating that he would like foreign enemies to bomb apparently conservative sections of the country.
When Trump starts a war, I'm just hoping the other side understands the deal and only bombs, like, the Midwest and the South.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 29, 2016
Perhaps his most offensive and most overlooked tweet was one he made on Memorial Day of this year, dismissing the solemn holiday and the soldiers who fight for our country with a gross reference to restroom activity.
Jennings even penned a tasteless pun about Fox News producer Roger Ailes’ death. Even though his recent tweets display hatred towards conservative targets, it is clear from Ken Jennings’ history on Twitter that anyone and everyone is a possible target of his mean-spirited quips.
This is my Memorial Day tweet, for the troops
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 29, 2017
More like Roger Fails (at being alive anymore). It took me almost a week to write this, please RT
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 22, 2017
Simon And Schuster Ended A Book Deal Over Controversial Comments Before
Some doubt that public pressure will have an effect on Simon and Schuster’s relationship with Ken Jennings. However, the publishing company quickly severed ties with former Breitbart editor and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after backlash over his comments regarding age-of-consent laws, according to the Washington Post. This occurred after old videos resurfaced of Yiannopoulos joking about his molestation by a Catholic priest that occurred when he was a young teen.
Another media development that may promise justice for Ken Jennings’ cruelty is CNN’s decision to fire Kathy Griffin over creating and sharing the mock decapitation video.
This decision by CNN was preceded by a tweet made by Donald Trump Jr. in which he questioned, “Will CNN keep putting her on air for things like the New Years celebration???”
Don Jr. also flexed his Twitter muscle on the Ken Jennings issue, retweeting several individuals who attempted to call Simon and Schuster’s attention to Jenning’s comments, and even wrote his own tweet on the matter.
Good point, you would think that in this day & age @simonandschuster would have an issue with one of their children's authors bullying a kid https://t.co/S4Bxs7AnSs
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 1, 2017
It remains to be seen whether Simon and Schuster will respond to the mounting public pressure to distance itself from the increasingly offensive Ken Jennings. The fact that Jennings is a children’s book author only adds insult to the injury that he perpetrated on the 11-year-old son of President Trump.
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