Jordan Kirkland - November 11th, 2018
Last week, SNL's comedian Pete Davidson made an insensitive joke about the appearance of Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, a Republican congressional candidate on Texas' ballot for the midterm elections. During his "First Impressions" segment on Weekend Update, Davidson made some jokes about the appearances of some of the candidates running for office, some less funny than others.
"You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman from a porno movie," Davidson said when Crenshaw's photo appeared onscreen (and after some weak protests of "Come on, man" from Michael Che). "I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever," Davidson said. Crenshaw was a Navy SEAL and wears an eyepatch because of an explosion that cost him an eye. He and many others weren't happy about the joke, prompting swift backlash across the internet and prompting SNL to issue Crenshaw a personal apology.