GOP Calls Outrage After SNL’s Pete Davidson Makes Joke About Candidate’s Eyepatch

Crenshaw lost his eye after an IED blast in Afghanistan.

Pete Davidson created an outrage after jokes regarding Texas candidate Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch in a Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live. In a segment at first made headlines for Pete Davidson tearing up during this discussion of his break up with Ariana Grande, an off hand comment about Texas GOP candidate Dave Crenshaw. The comment jokes about Crenshaw’s decision to wear eye patch to make up for his lost eye, saying he looks like a hitman from a porno, and when the joke didn’t land quite as well as Davidson would have liked, Davidson added, perhaps ill advisedly, added “He lost his eye in a war or whatever”.

Crenshaw lost his eye after an IED blast in Afghanistan.

Kenan Thompson, SNL’s most likable and professional individual, ran interference for Pete Davidson on The Today Show. Kenan said that in retrospect the joke was in bad taste (and given that it was improvised by Davidson, not sanctioned by the show or its head writers), and discussed how his own father was a Vietnam War Veteran. Kenan then talked about the importance of comedians being allowed to work freely and make mistakes — defending both Davidson and respecting the outrage over the ad libbed line at the same time.

So who is candidate Dan Crenshaw? Well, before he ran for president Dan Crenshaw ran racist pages on Facebook labeling Islam as a cancer, promoting Pizzagate, the conspiracy theory that resulted in a shooter invading Comet Pizza in Washington DC and and called Black Lives Matter a “black supremacy with white masters.” This is all outlined in quite a great deal of detail in this article from Newsweek from earlier this year. I feel as if this is very important to note before delving into the outrage which the GOP is to express on Crenshaw’s part.

Crenshaw at first Tweeted out that he did not feel offended, but said he did not feel as if veterans should be punchlines for bad jokes. This ignores the fact that the joke is more about him running as a candidate rather than him being a veteran, and, as many on the GOP have done before, misinterprets the joke at being at his expense rather than at Davidson’s for his ignorance.

Crenshaw then says that SNL should give a million dollars to a charity for Veterans on CNN. No news yet about how much money Crenshaw gave to the victims of hate crimes after his comments about Black Lives Matter, or to the families of those threatened by the gunman at Comet Pizza.

Pete Davidson is not running for any sort of office, and the joke was a clear jab at Pete himself and his relative ignorance about many of the candidates involved outside of their looks. Crenshaw is indeed running for office, and to ignore his racist and conspiracy laden views in favor of this story about a joke made on television, regardless of its possible questionable taste, feels irresponsible, especially in the aftermath of a series of hate crimes which have killed at least two dozen people and were inspired by right wing rhetoric.

As someone pointed out, Pete Davidson’s father died during his time as a first responder in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in 2001. His comments on the matter were more biting than anything he could have imaginably said about Crenshaw.

Well. What do you think of this? I had a strong opinion, maybe you had one too! Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.

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