Last week, Saturday Night Live and cast member Pete Davidson got in trouble for mocking Dan Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL who lost his eye while fighting on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Crenshaw was running for a Congressional seat in Texas which he won on Tuesday. But this week, SNL had Crenshaw on to respond.
Davidson had ‘joked’ that Crenshaw looked like a “hitman in a porno movie” because of his eye patch. In referring to how Crenshaw lost his eye, Davidson said he lost it in Afghanistan or “whatever.’
Criticism came quickly from both sides of the aisle, smacking it as an affront to veterans.
So at the start of the weekend update, SNL has Davidson give a heartfelt apology.
From Fox News:
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.”
“I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I’m a d—,” he added.
Then suddenly, Crenshaw appeared, sliding into the seat next to him with perfect timing.
He accepted Davidson’s apology, but then he got a call on his cell phone which had an Ariana Grande ringtone of the song, “Breathin.'” Davidson recently broke up with Grande.
Then he took a few scripted shots at Davidson which he delivered with good timing.
“This is Pete Davidson,” Crenshaw said as a photo of Davidson appeared. “He looks like if the meth from ‘Breaking Bad’ was a person,” Crenshaw said. “He looks like a troll doll with a tapeworm.” And then, “He looks like Martin Short in ‘The Santa Clause 3.’ By the way, one of these people was actually good on ‘SNL.'”
“You’re not wrong,” Davidson replied.
But then he had the chance to remind people it was Veterans Day weekend and to encourage people to show their appreciation to service members, saying to them not just “thank you for your service” but “Never forget.”
“When you say ‘Never forget,’ you are implying that as an American you are in it with them, not separated by a barrier between civilians and veterans,” Crenshaw said directly to the camera. “Never forget those we lost in war, and never forget those we lost on 9/11, like Pete’s father.” He and Davidson then each respectfully told each other, “Never forget.”
Very nicely done, SNL, Crenshaw and Davidson!