SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ showcased Pete Davidson mocking Republican congressional candidate and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw about the eye he lost to an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan, “or whatever” according to the funny man.
MRC President Brent Bozell released a statement reacting to SNL on Monday:
Saturday Night Live is pathetic and unoriginal. Making fun of a former Navy SEAL for his combat injuries shows that nothing is too low for SNL when they have a chance to mock Republicans. If Crenshaw were a Democrat, this ‘joke’ wouldn't have made it out of the writers' room -- and, if by some miracle it did, NBC would have issued an apology within the hour.
We are contacting every one of SNL’s advertisers to see if they support this attack. We will ask them if they plan to continue advertising on SNL, and we will share the results tomorrow. What a sad and unfortunate message NBC is sending to veterans across the country just a week before Veterans Day.
The SNL segment featured Davidson mocking multiple Republican politicians for their looks. The comedian stated he’d “realized there are some pretty gross people running for office this year”. When a picture of Crenshaw was put on the screen, co-star Michael Che blurted out: “Oh, come on, man!”
“Hold on,” Davidson told him. “You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” he ridiculed Crenshaw to the uproarious laughter of the liberal crowd. “I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
For more on the SNL skit on Crenshaw, check out NewsBusters.
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