Comedian Pete Davidson is learning, when you make fun of a Navy SEAL, choose your words carefully.
Dan Crenshaw is a retired lieutenant commander for the U.S. Navy. He’s a former Navy SEAL, and served five tours overseas. During one of those tours, he lost his right eye to when a IED exploded near his face. It didn’t stop him from serving two more.
Crenshaw now carries the honor of a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. Added to that, he holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, and possibly even a congressional seat in Texas if he wins enough voted in the Nov. 6 election.
Now, one more honor can be added to Crenshaw’s list, that of being lampooned by Saturday Night Live.
But not everyone is laughing.
Davidson mocked the former Navy SEAL on SNL’s popular “Weekend Update” segment, saying Crenshaw looked like, “a hitman in a porno movie.”
“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever,” Davidson added.
Sunday morning, Crenshaw took the high road.
“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.”
According to the Daily Wire, Crenshaw isn’t asking for an apology. He doesn’t think it’s necessary.
“I want us to get away from this culture where we demand an apology every time someone misspeaks,” Crenshaw said. “I think that would be very healthy for our nation to go in that direction. We don’t need to be outwardly outraged. I don’t need to demand apologies from them. They can do whatever they want, you know. They are feeling the heat from around the country right now and that’s fine.”
Crenshaw is fine with dropping the subject, he just wants others to understand where he’s coming from. It’s a place where veterans are appreciated for their sacrifice, rather than mocked for it.
“Veterans across the country probably don’t feel as though their wounds they received in battle should be the subject of a bad punch line,” he wrote.
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Davidson admitted he may have been out of line.
“I shouldn’t be making fun of how anyone looks,” the comedian said. “I look like I make vape juice in a bathtub.”
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