Meanwhile, an even worse joke by Donald Trump remains online and not apologized for.
Rob Lowe posted and deleted a bad joke referring to Elizabeth Warren's shaky connection to Native American culture after receiving a ton of backlash from Hollywood and beyond, while a far worse joke by Trump remains online.
Saturday, Lowe tweeted "Elizabeth Warren would bring a whole new meaning to Commander in 'Chief,'" as captured by TheWrap. Yes, he put quotes around "Chief" to emphasize his joke.
Now he just has bad grammar, a bad joke, and a bad apology, according to many. Would anyone make a Commander in "Chief" joke about someone who was indisputably Native American? Probably not. Well, one person might.
Also on Saturday, Donald Trump blasted Elizabeth Warren with an even worse reference, recalling one of the worst tragedies subjected upon Native Americans by white settlers in America and the genocide of thousands of people.
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
He's been doing the Pocahontas jokes for years now, but it was his all-caps mention of the word "Trail" that many on social media believe recalls the horrific Trail of Tears, which was the forced relocation of over 16,000 Natives from their traditional homelands in the southeast to designated reservations west of the Mississippi.
While exact figures are unknown, it is estimated between 2,000 and 8,000 Native Americans perished during the arduous trek under United States government supervision. It is a horrible and shameful chapter in American history and certainly not something that should be joked about for political gain ... or any reason, for that matter.
These are just the latest mishaps in a year that has shown how ingrained systemic racism and homophobia is within the United States and how much more there is to learn about what is and isn't appropriate to joke about or dress up as.
As a nation, for better or worse we look to our political leaders and entertainers to show us a better way to behave, own up to our mistakes, apologize and move forward. And if we don't, the internet will certainly let us know our failings.
Below are some of the most heated reactions to Lowe's and Trump's tweets:
1) I've been a fan of yours forever. Read your memoir. Enjoyed it. And have long hoped to work together. I think you might be missing part of the thing here. By using chief, you echo, even as a joke, the spirit of DJT, and you “other” people as you call out EW.
The same people who think the "Chief" tweet was funny. Are the same people who think Black-Face is funny. Let's be clear, calling Warren "Pocahontas" or "Chief" is racist! it's a racial slur design to dehumanize Native Americans #WhitePrivilege pic.twitter.com/4HYFWgK1nr
So @realDonaldTrump says that Andrew Jackson is his favorite president. He makes a JOKE about the "TRAIL" in reference to "Pocahontas" Warren and her campaign announcement. If you know what the Trail Of Tears was you know just how inappropriate this is. Holocaust jokes next?