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SNL Star: Pete Davidson ‘missed the mark’ with joke about wounded vet

November 05, 2018 - 12:29 pm
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HOUSTON (1010 WINS/AP) — A Texas Republican congressional candidate has chided "Saturday Night Live" comic Pete Davidson for poking fun at the eyepatch he wears because he was badly wounded during his third tour in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL.

Davidson said during Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment that Dan Crenshaw, whose photo was displayed, was "kinda cool" but that viewers might be "surprised he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie." He added, "I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."

Crenshaw, who is running against Democrat Todd Litton for an open suburban Houston district seat, replied in a tweet on Sunday, saying: "Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes."

Crenshaw isn't the only one who took Davidson to task for the crack. The Hollywood Reporter reports, castmate Kenan Thompson also said he went too far.

“It definitely seems it. My father's a veteran, Vietnam, and I personally would never necessarily go there, but it's tough when you're fishing for jokes — like that's how stand-ups feel like there's no real filters out there in the world when they're trying to go for a great joke or whatever and we try to respect that but at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people so you have to really be a little more aware in my opinion.”

Some Crenshaw supporters are demanding an on-air apology.