Dan Crenshaw Says Pete Davidson Doesn’t Owe Him an Apology

Davidson joked about the former Navy SEAL's eyepatch on SNL.

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Pete Davidson poses in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Texas Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw does not need an apology from Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson — who joked that the former Navy SEAL’s eye patch made him look like a “hit man in a porno movie.”

Davidson faced backlash after SNL’s “Weekend Update” during which he delivered an controversial joke that Crenshaw’s photo was “kinda cool,” but that viewers might be “surprised he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie.”

Ariana Grande’s former fiancé didn’t stop there, adding: “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in the war or whatever.”

Crenshaw was badly wounded during his third tour in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL.

The National Republican Congressional Committed tweeted a response to Davidson’s comments, saying the comedian and NBC should “immediately apologize to Dan and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend — because they’re not laughing.”

But Crenshaw did not demand an apology from Davidson or NBC. He said the “real atrocity” was Davidson’s attempt at a joke, which he called “not funny” and “mean-spirited.”

“[I]t wasn’t even funny. Right? It was not original, it was not funny, it was just mean-spirited and that’s how I feel about it,” Crenshaw told TMZ, according to Fox News. 

“I want us to get away from this culture where we demand apologies every time someone misspeaks,” Crenshaw said, according to Fox. “I think that would be very healthy for our nation to go in that direction.”

He went on to say that Davidson and NBC are likely “feeling the heat from around the country right now” and that he doesn’t need to demand an apology from them.

“But I would like him and ‘Saturday Night Live’ to recognize something, which is that veterans across the country probably don’t feel as though their wounds they received in battle should be the subject of a bad punchline for a bad joke,” Crenshaw said, according to Fox. 

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