Texas Republican candidate for Congress Dan Crenshaw isn’t mad at Saturday Night Live’s unfunny skit mocking his eye patch — he lost his right eye to an IED while serving in Afghanistan — but he does expect more from SNL.
On Monday, the former Navy SEAL Crenshaw was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” to respond to an offensive joke by SNL cast member Pete Davidson. During SNL’s “Weekend Update” skit, Davidson made fun of Crenshaw as part of a routine riffing on congressional candidates.
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie,” he said. “I’m sorry; I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
The joke inspired outrage from conservatives demanding that NBC and SNL issue an apology for insulting a veteran. Crenshaw thinks that the joke was unfunny, but he’s not demanding an apology.
“What passes for humor these days is not what used to pass for humor, and I think that’s the big tragedy in all this, right? Like, why can’t we just be funny again?” Crenshaw asked. “What happened to our comedy in this country? Why can’t we give the American people a break and separate comedy from politics?”
“This one was pretty inappropriate,” he added.
“They probably should apologize, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to demand an apology,” he said. “I don’t want to demand an apology that is hollow and empty.”
“They certainly crossed the line, but their apology won’t mean anything to me. I think what they should do is maybe pool their money together and donate to some veterans’ charities out there that could really use some help.”
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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