Pete Davidson criticized for insulting veteran political candidate who lost eye to IED
Pete Davidson has garnered some criticism after insulting a conservative politician who lost an eye during his military service on Saturday’s episode of “SNL.”
Davidson’s segment on Weekend Update kicked off with him giving his first impressions of several midterms candidates, though he didn’t claim to be an expert on the midterm races.
“After I had to move back in with my mom, I started paying attention to them,” he said, likely alluding to his recent split from Ariana Grande. “I realized there are some really gross people running for office this year.”
He went through Rick Scott and Peter King before arriving at Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, is running for a House seat in Texas.
“This guy’s kind of cool,” he said over laughter from himself and Weekend Update co-host Michael Che. “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.”
Republicans took notice at Davidson’s joke and hit back on social media.
Crenshaw himself tweeted about it, writing, “I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee also released a statement condemning Davidson’s actions and calling for an apology from NBC.
“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country. Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend — because they’re not laughing.”
Newsmax co-host John Cardillo encouraged his followers to reach out to “SNL’s” sponsors to express their disapproval of Davidson’s joke.
Fox News host Tammy Bruce alerted her followers that she would be discussing Davidson’s segment on Sunday’s episode of “The Five.”
Davidson also addressed his split from Grande, who released a surprise single, “Thank U, Next,” just half an hour before “SNL” kicked off.
“I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it’s nobody’s business, and sometimes things just don’t work out and that’s okay. She’s a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”
Watch the full segment above.
Subscribe to Variety Newsletters and Email Alerts!