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Nov 06, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Wounded Veteran Mocked In SNL Sketch Offers Perfect, Classy Response

After mocking Dan Crenshaw, a wounded veteran running for Congress, in a recent Saturday Night Live sketch, comedian Pete Davidson has been the object of a major backlash and demands for an apology, though not from Crenshaw himself.

Crenshaw wears an eye patch having lost one of his eyes while serving in Afghanistan. Over the weekend, he asked people to not be “outwardly outraged” by Davidson's joke about him:

“I want us to get away from this culture where we demand an apology for every time someone misspeaks,” Crenshaw said in his incredible response. “I think that would be very healthy for our nation to go in that direction. We don’t need to be outwardly outraged.”

“I don’t need to demand apologies from them. They can do whatever they want, you know," Crenshaw added. "They are feeling the heat from around the country right now, and that’s fine.”

Crenshaw still noted the poor taste SNL demonstrated in making fun of veterans, who he suggested “probably don’t feel as though their wounds they received in battle should be the subject of a bad punchline.”

In a Monday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Crenshaw doubled down, saying he has a “thick skin” and doesn’t mind jokes at his expense. He does, however, have some ground rules: “It has to be original, it has to be witty and it has to be actually funny. And this wasn’t funny.”

At this time, no representative from NBC has yet released a statement or apology for Davidson's joke.



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