A lot of people were tuning in to Saturday Night Live this week to see two things- would Alec Baldwin show up after his arrest for fighting over a parking spot, and would Pete Davidson talk about his earth shaking breakup with former fiance Ariana Grande. The answers to both were no, and not really. Davidson had planned a sketch but had to scrap it last minute because he didn’t want to start a shit storm with his ex.
Instead he delivered a Weekend Update piece about weirdos running in Tuesday’s upcoming election, and started a real shit storm that had twitter freaking out all weekend, and Monday morning had Sean Spicer calling for the firing of Lorne Michaels. The (former) White House Press Secretary wants to see Lorne Michaels fired from the iconic four plus decade television show that changed politics, comedy, music, and television, because of a joke about Dan Crenshaw, the Republican candidate in the Texas 2nd district, and former Navy Seal.
Too far, says most of America. Fire Lorne says Sean Spicer. “Dan Crenshaw is a Navy seal who lost an eye on the battlefield. And “Saturday night live” mocked him for that,” he said. “This isn’t just Pete Davidson that did this. They are continuing to promote this video. Lorne Michaels knew about the video. He approved — of the skit rather. He approved of it he watched it happen. That entire anchor desk of Weekend Update was laughing at it and then they continue to promote it on YouTube. This is not apologetic. These people mocked a combat veteran and this is what they think is funny these days. Lorne Michael should be fired.”
Crenshaw himself isn’t looking for an apology or for anyone to be fired. It’s enough for him that Davidson and SNL have already taken a beating on social media and in some press outlets. “I want us to get away from this culture where we demand an apology every time someone misspeaks,” Crenshaw said.
In the SNL segment, Davidson covered the midterm elections, giving his impression of the “gross” people running for office this year. Pete basically just roasted the candidates based on photos of them. One candidate he said looks like someone tried to whittle Bruce Willis out of a penis. Another, a cigar come to life. Still another, a guy who is sleeping with your mom but stays over and eats breakfast with you in his boxers. “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas, and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said about Crenshaw. “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever … whatever.”
Davidson closed the bit turning the jokes on himself. “I’m not insane, I know I shouldn’t be making fun of how anybody looks,” and describes himself as a Dr. Seuss character went to prison or somebody who made vape juice in a bathtub.