SNL Still Airing Offensive Video Mocking Congressman-Elect's Combat Injury

By Craig Bannister | November 6, 2018 | 10:46am EST
SNL's Pete Davidson mocks appearance of combat-injured Navy SEAL (Screenshot)

Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw won his bid for a House seat on Tuesday; but NBC's video mocking his combat injury is still posted on YouTube.

Despite a fierce backlash, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) is still airing and promoting a video of one of its cast members mocking a former Navy SEAL for losing an eye to an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

On its official YouTube channel, SNL touts the video clip of the segment in which cast member Pete Davidson mocks former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch and claims the combat-injured veteran looks like “a hitman in a porno movie”:

“Pete Davidson stops by Weekend Update to give his first impressions of candidates running for office in the 2018 midterm elections.”

In its November 3 episode, Davidson mocked Texas congressional Republican candidate Dan Crenshaw (Texas), who as a Navy SEAL served in Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving his country, Crenshaw won two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart and lost his right eye and was nearly blinded by an IED.

Davidson showed a photo of Crenshaw and said: “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I am sorry, I know he lost his eye in war—or whatever. Whatever.”

The SNL bit prompted swift and widespread backlash, including calls for the show’s sponsors to pull their ads and even a rebuke from one of Davidson’s fellow cast members, Kenan Thompson.

Still, the offensive video remains prominent on SNL’s YouTube channel, drawing more than three million views to-date.

“We are not commenting,” NBCUniversal Senior Vice President for Entertainment Publicity Lauren Roseman told via email.


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