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Mark Alexander / November 12, 2018

SNL Apologizes for Denigrating a Veteran’s Sacrifice

There was a very rare example of making peace last Saturday, just ahead of Veterans Day.

As you may recall, last week we called out SNL “comedian” Pete Davidson for mocking a photo of now congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who wears an eye patch. LtCom Crenshaw was a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED explosion during his third combat tour in Afghanistan.

Davidson said, “There are some pretty gross people running for office this year,” and then commented on the Crenshaw photo: “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie. I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war — or whatever.”

Amid the outrage that followed, Crenshaw was quick to say last week that he did not think Davidson should be fired, but added, “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”

Good rule in life: Don’t denigrate the service and sacrifice of decorated veterans.

SNL and Davidson invited Crenshaw onto the show and apologized, albeit under duress, saying, “On behalf of the show and myself, I apologize. … I mean this from the bottom of my heart: It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world.”

For his part, setting aside a humor layup, Crenshaw told the SNL audience: “There are a lot of lessons to learn here, not just that the Left and Right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”

Crenshaw added: “This is Veterans Day weekend, which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran. Maybe say, ‘Thanks for your service,’ but I would actually encourage you to say something else: Tell a veteran ‘never forget.’ When you say ‘never forget’ to a veteran, you are implying that as an American, you are in it with them, not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans. We’ll never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present.”

This is the standard of humility that more celebrities should demonstrate. And we need more leaders of Dan Crenshaw’s caliber in Washington!

Here is the SNL clip of Davidson and Crenshaw:

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