I was delightfully surprised this morning to learn that Pete Davidson of Saturday Night Live apologized to Dan Crenshaw for his crude joke at the military veteran’s expense last week. In fact, Davidson didn’t stop there; he actually invited Crenshaw to appear with him on SNL while it was being broadcast this past Saturday night (November 10). I must say, I think this was literally the best thing Davidson could have done. Watching these two men joking with each other on live television was a truly inspirational thing to see. I hope that more liberals and conservatives will both follow their example.
On Saturday night, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson mocked Republican Congressman-Elect Dan Crenshaw for wearing an eyepatch. Specifically, Davidson compared Crenshaw to a “hit man in a porno movie,” even though he was aware that Crenshaw lost his eye while serving as a Navy SEAL in Iraq in 2012. He waved this fact away dismissively (saying, “I know he lost his eye in a war or whatever”), and then he went on to mock somebody else.
Look, I’m just as energized against the Republican Party as anyone else. And I am not afraid to say some really harsh things about the politicians who piss me off. But I fail to see how it could ever be appropriate to mock someone for an injury they might have. Our President has no qualms with doing such things, but liberals are supposed to be better than that. We’re supposed to be the ones fighting for a more inclusive society, where people aren’t being judged for their sex, their skin color, or their disabilities. Well thank you, Pete Davidson, for thoughtlessly undermining all of that. People like you are doing Trump’s work for him.
I’m not saying I like Dan Crenshaw, or that I agree with any of his views on policy. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t make fun of him about anything, either. Political satire is an important staple of any true democracy; without it, our freedom of speech would be jeopardized. I just think that politicians—Republican or Democrat—should be satirized for their views and their deeds, not for their bodies.