SATURDAY Night Live comedian Pete Davidson is drawing fire for poking fun at an eye patch worn by a Republican war veteran running for congress.
“This guy’s kinda cool — Dan Crenshaw,” Davidson began during the show’s Weekend Update segment.
Apparently seeing where the bit was headed, show co-writer and segment host Michael Che groaned “Oh c’mon man” as Davidson continued.
“You may be surprised to learn he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said during the skit where he gave “first impressions” of electoral candidates.
“I’m sorry — I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” he chuckled.
Conservatives pounced on the funnyman Sunday morning.
Totally cheap, disgusting and classless of SNL to have Pete Davidson mock Dan Crenshaw for wearing an eye patch…then giggle that he was injured in the line of duty.@DanCrenshawTX is a Navy SEAL and hero who lost his eye in an IED attack in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/7VbMohQ3t2— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth)
“Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognises that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes,” tweeted Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL who lost his right eye when he was hit by an IED in Afghanistan in 2012.
He later called the joke “absolutely disgusting.”
National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Jack Pandol suggested Davidson was bitter over his recent engagement with pop star Ariana Grande fell through and demanded an apology Sunday.
“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country,” he said in a statement. “Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologise to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend — because they’re not laughing.”
“How long do you think this “comic” & the writer responsible for this disgrace would last in @us_navyseals training?” tweeted Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who was herself lampooned in the show’s cold open.