Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

SNL’s Pete Davidson mocks candidate who lost an eye in Afghanistan blast

SNL’s Pete Davidson mocks candidate who lost an eye in Afghanistan blast

This weekend, Davidson was once again faced with enormous backlash after joking about GOP congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw's appearance.

Davidson compared Crenshaw to "a hit-man in a porno movie" for wearing an eyepatch and laughed off Crenshaw's wound, the result of an improvised explosive device (IED).

"I'm sorry - I know he lost his eye in war or whatever", he chuckled.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jack Pandol issued a statement demanding an apology from the New York-based network that airs SNL.

The NRCC wasn't alone in their condemnation of Davidson and SNL.

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Some Twitter users blew up with sharp criticism of Davidson, saying that a veteran's war wound was not an appropriate subject for humor and that Crenshaw deserved an apology. "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", the statement read.

Donald Trump Jr., the President's son, tweeted that the comment "sounds more like leftist editorial than anything these days". John McCain was "not a war hero", although McCain spent years as a prisoner in Vietnam. "Last night I switched her birth control with Tic-Tacs.I believe in us and all, but I just want to make sure that she can't go anywhere", he said. His website describes how he lost his eye: "On Dan's third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever".

That jab prompted calls for an apology - and even a CNN panel slamming the attempt at a joke - but Crenshaw doesn't think an apology is needed.

Doctors said he'd never see again, but Crenshaw regained sight in his left eye after undergoing several surgeries and receiving specialized contact lenses.

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