On November 3rd’s edition of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” SNL cast member Pete Davidson ran through a list of candidates running for office in the midterm elections and made fun of how each one of them looked.
One of the candidates was former Navy SEAL and Texas Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan and wears an eye patch.
Watch the video below to see what Davidson had to say:
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie,” said a laughing Davidson. “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
Crenshaw later responded to the segment in a post to Twitter.
“Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended,” said Crenshaw. “That being said, I hope [Saturday Night Live] recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
In a previous interview, Crenshaw detailed how he lost his eye.
“One of our Afghan interpreters stepped on a pressure plate right in front of me,” he said. “About 15 pounds of explosives dismembered him right in front of my face. It blinded me, shattered me and knocked me over.”
“I woke up about five days later,” Crenshaw continued. “They took some time to stabilize me in Afghanistan and do the surgery to remove my right eye. I woke up without a right eye and blind in the left. They had little faith I would see again, but the fact they said there was a chance … I really believed I would see again.”
Crenshaw later appeared on CNN and discussed Davidson’s joke at his expense.
Watch what he had to say in the video below:
“I do not demand an apology. He probably should apologize, but I don’t want some hollow apology,” Crenshaw said. “I think what him and maybe the producers at SNL should do is pool their money together – let’s throw a figure out there, a million dollars – and let’s donate that to a series of veteran’s nonprofits.”
“There’s a lot of veterans that really need help, and frankly, this kind of thing is offensive to them. They feel laughed at,” Crenshaw added.
Do you think Pete Davidson took the joke to far? Does NBC and Saturday Night Live owe Crenshaw an apology?