It’s not just Sean Spicer and the subject of the jab himself, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-GOP-congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who think Pete Davidson’s joke crossed the line. The comedian’s fellow “Saturday Night Live” cast member¬†Kenan Thompson¬†believes so too.
Thompson, who voices a character in¬†“The Grinch,” stopped by NBC’s¬†“Today”¬†to promote the animated movie. He was also asked about Davidson’s quip during “Weekend Update” Saturday in which he equated the looks of wounded veteran Crenshaw¬†to “a hitman in a porno movie.”¬†Davidson followed with: “I‚Äôm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.‚ÄĚ
When asked if Davidson crossed the line on “Today,” Thompson said, ‚ÄúIt definitely seems it.”
Thompson added that since¬†his father served in the Vietnam War, he personally would “never” go there,¬†but he added “stand-ups feel like there’s no real filters out there in the world, when they’re trying to go for a great joke or whatever, and we try to respect that.
“But at the same time,” he continued,¬†“when you miss the mark, you’re offending people so you have to really be a little more aware, in my opinion.‚ÄĚ
As far as Thompson is concerned, Davidson “definitely missed the mark.” Thompson also believes Davidson’s remarks that followed his joke reflected humility.
“I think he was more so commenting on the fact that the joke maybe didn’t land as hard as he wanted to, as opposed to being like, ‘I don’t care about veterans,’ ” he said.
Offering words of praise to his co-star, Thompson added, “I think Pete‚Äôs a very humble dude, and he‚Äôs got a big heart. I don‚Äôt think he goes out to offend people, but stand-ups, they‚Äôre the ones that help us laugh through the most awful things in the first place.
“They’re always fishing in weird places,” he concluded, “and that was an unfortunate outcome.‚ÄĚ
Many mirrored Thompson’s opinion of the joke on social media, like “View” co-host¬†Meghan McCain, daughter of¬†the late Senator John McCain. She called the bit “incredibly tone-deaf.”¬†
Crenshaw reacted on Twitter, writing: “I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don‚Äôt deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
He also told TMZ: “The real atrocity in all of this: It wasn’t even funny. It was not original, it was not funny, it was just mean-spirited.”
Monday on¬†“Fox & Friends,” former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called for “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels to be fired.
Davidson has taken a similar, no holds barred, approach to comedy when it comes to his own personal life. The comic has used his dad’s death in 9/11 and his recent break-up with Ariana Grande as fodder.¬†
He talked about the joy he got from making people uneasy with his humor to The New York Times in 2015.¬†
‚ÄúI‚Äôm like, ‚ÄėHeyyyy, I just want to talk about this, that everybody‚Äôs uncomfortable about,‚Äô ” he said. “I like doing that. I like making things that are dark, awkward, weird things that you don‚Äôt really find funny, funny.‚ÄĚ
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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