Unity Through Comedy: Republican Dan Crenshaw Appears on SNL

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.

This weekend, Davidson was back to offer up an official apology to Crenshaw. To the audience's surprise, Crenshaw appeared on the show to accept the apology. The Republican also took the time to take a few shots at Davidson's appearance -- which Crenshaw did, comparing the blue-haired SNL star to "a Troll doll with a tapeworm," "Martin Short in The Santa Clause 3," and "if the meth from Breaking Bad was a person." 


Crenshaw ended his segment with an earnest Veterans Day message about taking time this weekend to connect with a veteran and appreciate the work of all of those serving to protect their fellow Americans, and even gave a mention to Davidson's father, a firefighter who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks. 


The Republican's ability to put politics aside and appear on the show drew praise from many on both sides. His humility and grace was lauded by many throughout the media.





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