Last week, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson came under heavy fire for a joke made during the Weekend Update segment of the show. Speaking about the midterms, Davidson gave a rundown on some of the candidates running for office. Bringing up Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who wears an eyepatch, Davidson joked that the politician looked like a hitman from a porno movie. Davidson ruffled feathers further by admitting that he knew Crenshaw wore an eyepatch because he lost an eye in the war in Afghanistan, apathetically saying, "Whatever." Because of the joke, Davidson and SNL became the subject of controversy, and they sought to right the wrong by apologizing to Crenshaw's face on Saturday night's new episode.
On the Weekend Update segment, Davidson first addressed the audience by apologizing for his joke. He commented how the incident at least brought the left and the right together for just a moment so to agree that Pete Davidson is a "d*ck." Moments later, Crenshaw surprised both the studio audience and those watching at home by appearing next to Davidson. This gave the comedian a chance to apologize directly to his face, which he did so profusely. For his part, Crenshaw did accept Davidson's apology, but not without getting a little bit of payback.
After accepting Davidson's apology, Crenshaw's phone then began to ring. Of course, the ringtone was an Ariana Grande song, which was playing at full blast. Crenshaw feigned ignorance about Davidson's shattered romance with the pop singer, preferring to let it ring when Davidson suggest he answer it. Afterward, the comedian offers Crenshaw the chance to make things even by making fun of a picture of Davidson. Initially, Crenshaw refuses, only to quickly change his mind and deliver several zingers mocking Davidson's appearance. After comparing Davidson to the meth from Breaking Bad and a troll doll with a tapeworm, Crenshaw says Pete looks like Martin Short in The Santa Clause 3. "By the way, one of these people was actually good on SNL," Crenshaw added.
After the jokes, Crenshaw gets serious to say that there are lessons to be learned from the experience. "Americans can forgive one another," the Congressman-elect explained. "We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other." Crenshaw then spoke about how we should honor every American hero for Labor Day weekend, including Davidson's late father - a firefighter who was killed on 9/11. It was a sentiment everybody should be able to relate to, regardless of political affiliation, and an appropriate way to settle the feud.
SNL is no stranger to controversy, but most people seemed to be in agreement that this joke went too far. It seems the line needs to be drawn somewhere, and the consensus is quipping about the disfigurements of injured war heroes is going too far. Fortunately, Davidson owned up to it and Crenshaw accepted his apology, so both sides will be able to move past the situation. You can watch Crenshaw's appearance on SNL in the video below.