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Stop Making People Apologize to Donald Trump Until He Apologizes

Donald Trump gives his best approximation of a human smile in front of the American flag.

Cher made a joke that wasn’t in the best of taste, reverting back to the days of joking about prison rape. The joke, which has since been deleted from Twitter, insinuated that Cher wanted Trump to go to prison to be the “toy boy of Big Bubba.”

The joke was in terribly bad taste—something that Cher later recognized. While she did not apologize, she did delete the tweet and made a follow-up tweet stating why she deleted it and how she went too with her comment. So, before we jump in: Cher’s joke? Not great. Demanding that she apologize to the Donald Trump, personally, for that joke? Ridiculous.

It’s great that Cher recognized the line she crossed with this tweet, and that she took it down and owned up to that, but that has little to do with Donald Trump himself. She was adult enough to realizee the joke itself was in bad taste on a societal level. What’s great about Cher is that if she made a different joke about the president going to jail, it’d still be standing on Twitter. This deletion isn’t about the president, but about her understanding of what is not okay to joke about.

But do you know who isn’t adulting correctly? Piers Morgan and everyone crying about how that joke was mean to the president.

Kathy Griffin received death threats for her severed head joke, they tried to cancel Star Wars because they thought it had an anti-Trump message (which is hilarious seeing as Star Wars has always had an anti-fascist message, but … okay), and those are just the tip of the iceberg. But what angers me so is that everyone who says something against the president in the public eye has to issue some apology because Piers Morgan starts whining.

Want to know what the president has not apologized for? The birther rumor, the Central Park Five, and … should I keep going? Oh, he did apologize for the “grab them by the pussy” comment, but only because, politically, he had to. He wasn’t remorseful; he just wanted to win.

Everyone around the president and the president himself can say what they want and do whatever they want to do, without having to apologize. Piers Morgan’s comment on the situation is laughable because he said that if this were about Obama, Cher would never work again.

I’m sorry, but did all Trump supporters just up and forget the Obama era and the rude things people said about him? Those in the public eye specifically? Donald Trump specifically? The only difference is Obama knew how to react with dignity, while Trump whines and cries and gets his lackeys to yell at people. You know … like a bully.

But, at least Trump and his fans aren’t deterring Cher anytime soon.

I truly think that Cher did need to take down the joke, but I don’t think she owes Trump himself any kind of apology. She reacted in a way that wass honorable and was an adult about the situation. Trump’s supporters suddenly crying wolf about a prison rape joke when the president himself has condoned groping women without their consent? That’s laughable.

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Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. A writer her whole life but professionally starting back in 2016 who loves all things movies, TV, and classic rock. Resident Spider-Man expert, official Leslie Knope, actually Yelena Belova. Wanda Maximoff has never done anything wrong in her life. Star Wars makes her very happy. New York writer with a passion for all things nerdy. Yes, she has a Pedro Pascal podcast. And also a Harrison Ford one.