During this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson joked that Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw looks like a hitman in a porno. It didn’t go over well, because Dan lost his eye during an attack in Afghanistan. Dan said at the time that Pete shouldn’t apologize because he’s tired of everybody getting outraged over everything, but that SNL should recognize that war wounds shouldn’t be used for bad jokes. Dan said more about it last night.
Deadline says that after winning his spot in Texas’s 2nd Congressional district, Dan stated he’d like to get back to a time where comedy and politics didn’t mix.
“It’s been an interesting last 72 hours.” When asked if he is offended, he said, “Well, I’m from the SEAL Teams, we don’t really get offended. But we also like it when comedians are actually funny. Let’s get back to being funny.”
“This election, the next couple of years, and hopefully, the next 50 to 100 years, are going to be about understanding what we all believe in together, understanding the foundational values that keep us together, and that used to be comedy and sports. Let’s separate politics from these things, let’s enjoy life together as Americans, man, that’s what I’d like to get back to.”
Dan also thanked his friend John Noonan, who convinced him to run in the first place. Dan added that John was pissed after the whole SNL thing, because he ended up with more Twitter followers than John. Don’t worry John, I’m sure you’ll catch up just as soon as Pete Davidson realizes your first name is a euphemism for a toilet, and that last name sounds like “nooner.”
If Dan wants to get back to that good ol’ American way of comedy and sports without politics, he’s going to have to wait a bit too. Because it sounds like SNL is trying to figure out a way to address the controversy from last week’s episode. Kenan Thompson, who picked the wrong week to promote The Grinch, appeared on The View this morning and was asked about Pete’s joke. Kenan reminded everyone that his father was a veteran, and that he wouldn’t have gone there. But he said that Pete’s a good kid who understands tragedy (his father was FDNY who died on 9/11). Kenan added that he’s “pretty sure” SNL is working on a way to right that wrong.
#SNL's Kenan Thompson reacts to his co-star Pete Davidson's joke about a wounded vet, saying it's "never somewhere I would go": "Pete's a good kid, he has a big heart … I definitely don't think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately that's what happened in this case." pic.twitter.com/ioiIVd2C8y
— The View (@TheView) November 6, 2018
Dan told reporters last night that SNL producers have reached out to him to apologize and claimed that the bit wasn’t scripted. He adds that he doesn’t want to see anyone get fired or forced to make an apology. That’s good that Dan wants Pete to keep his job. Because really, the only thing worse than being that guy who used to be engaged to Ariana Grande, is being that guy who used to be engaged to Ariana Grande that also used to work at SNL and now creeps people out at at Long Island Foot Locker.