Saturday Night Live finds itself in hot water once again, after conservatives rage about a joke from longtime cast member Pete Davidson. Joking about Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy Seal and Republican running for representative of Texas’ second congressional district, Davidson said:
“You might be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman in a porno movie … I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Following the piece, veterans and viewers alike came together to express their outrage about the segment, with some, like former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer calling for Lorne Michaels, executive producer of SNL, to be fired. Even Keenan Thompson, a fellow SNL cast member, says that Davidson “missed the mark.”
However, internet users pointed out the suspicious swiftness with which SNL became a convenient outlet for conservative rage.
If you didn’t have anything to say about Trump’s disrespect of John McCain, the Khan family, or LaDavid Johnson, please sit all the way down about Pete Davidson’s decidedly less terrible (though lame) disrespect of ex-Navy Seal & current GOP congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw.
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) November 4, 2018
In July 2015, at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, then presidential candidate Donald Trump said of now deceased Senator John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain was captured in Vietnam (incidentally the same war that Donald Trump dodged the draft of.) According to Time Magazine, McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner, with “a substantial amount of that time in solitary confinement.”
Others pointed out Pete Davidson’s sudden ascension to the role of Commander-in-Chief.
CNN panelist yesterday, on the Dan Crenshaw comment: "You can't complain about Donald Trump and his indecency and then think jokes like that are funny."
Are we saying that the president of the United States and Pete Davidson have the same role and responsibility in society?
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 5, 2018
Two people both being on a television saying an opinion does not give them equivalent status or give their words equal import.
In “You know who’s really unpatriotic? The president,” I laid out a small sample of the times where the president has done something against Republican orthodoxy of worshipping troops, the flag, and veterans’ families. These instances include a week-long spat with a Gold Star family, bragging about himself and his election win in front of the solemn CIA wall of fallen heroes, and promoting a birther conspiracy against the first black POTUS, Barack Obama.
Comedian Pete Davidson mocked a permanently-wounded veteran. That’s bad.
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.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) November 5, 2018
All in all, viewers called out conservatives, not for being offended by an offensive joke, but, in the face of the indecencies, vulgarities, and cruelties put forth by the Trump administration, not being offended by anything else.
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