Last evening, “Saturday Night Live” took a brief break from mocking President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as cast member Pete Davidson took an apologetic tone toward Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw, after the comedian made a much-criticized series of jokes about him.
However, it was the Afghan War vet (and now GOP congressman-elect) who got the last laugh, as he appeared on the show to receive Davidson’s apology in person.
A week ago, during the show’s “Weekend Update” sketch, Davidson mocked then-candidate Crenshaw, stating “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Crenshaw lost his eye in an I.E.D. bombing in combat in Afghanistan, while serving as a Navy SEAL.
The jokes by Davidson were widely criticized, with even SNL cast member Kenan Thompson acknowledged the jokes “missed the mark.”
Crenshaw went on to win election to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, and took the high ground in his public statements about the incident. He downplayed Davidson’s remarks, even as others demanded Davidson apologize for the tasteless comments.
Davidson’s off-color remarks should have been no surprise to those familiar with his work. In the past, the comedian has even resorted to making jokes about his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Saturday evening, Davidson not only apologized, he allowed Crenshaw to have his say on-air.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said in regards to Crenshaw during the “Weekend Update” segment. “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 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 (expletive).”
Crenshaw then appeared alongside, delivering some good-natured ribbing of Davidson at the comedian’s insistence, including commenting that he looked like a “troll doll with a tapeworm.” He even showed off his new ringtone: the newly-released Ariana Grande song in which the singer appears to slam her ex-fiance Davidson, who took it all with a smile.
Representative-elect Crenshaw then struck a unifying tone. “There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” he said. “Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things. But also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other,” he said as part of an uninterrupted monologue.
“This is Veterans Day weekend. Which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran,” he remarked. “Maybe say, ‘Thanks for your service.’ But I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran, ‘Never forget.’ When you say ‘never forget’ to a veteran, you are implying that, as an American, you are in it with them — not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans who will never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present.”
Crenshaw closed with a tribute to Davidson’s own father. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete’s father. So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
The two shook hands, and Davidson could be heard complimenting Crenshaw as he leaned in and whispered to him.
Here’s the complete segment from Saturday Night Live featuring Lt. Com. Crenshaw and Davidson.
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Source: The New York Times