Comedian Pete Davidson is under fire after he made fun of a Texas congressional candidate who lost an eye while serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan.
Davidson mocked Republican House candidate Dan Crenshaw on Saturday's edition of “Weekend Update” for wearing an eye patch.
"This guy is kind of cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said about Crenshaw's photo. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie.”
"I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war — or whatever," he said.
“Whatever,” he added again.
“This is absolutely disgusting. The guy did three combat tours as a Navy SEAL. Not funny in any way, shape or form,” wrote Politico reporter Jake Sherman.
“NBC should apologize — and make a very large contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project,” added Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty.
“Dan Crenshaw was nearly blinded in 2012 when he was hit by an IED blast in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where he was on his third deployment,” the conservative group Reagan Battalion tweeted. “He lost his right eye in the blast, and his left eye was badly damaged. Shame on you, @nbcsnl, this is disgusting!”
Some journalists call outrage fake:
Some journalists were quick to compare the right-wing outrage to Davidson's comments to Republican acceptance of President Donald Trump's offensive rhetoric.
“Comedian Pete Davidson mocked a permanently-wounded veteran. That’s bad,” wrote conservative National Review columnist David French. “But the actual Republican president of the United States mocked a permanently-wounded veteran for being captured. I’m completely uninterested in GOP crocodile tears over a comedian. Pathetic. Really.”
“Pete Davidson’s joke was in bad taste ... maybe he should have said 'I like people who weren’t wounded' and Republicans would have just shrugged it off,” quipped Boston Globe columnist Michael Cohen.
Crenshaw doesn't want an apology:
“Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended,” he tweeted. “That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”