If you told me yesterday that today I’d be drawing a cartoon about Pete Davidson, I would have said, “who what now?”
A friend of mine messaged me on Facebook a Fox News story about the brouhaha over Pete Davidson’s tasteless joke on Saturday Night Live. I hadn’t heard of it yet, and she was hoping I could explain the context of why Davidson was wearing what looked like a prison jump suit. I couldn’t help her out there any more than I could explain why the guy had silverish/aqua colored hair. Seriously, did someone tell him that looks good? Anyway….
Davidson did a sketch on Weekend Update where he gave his “first impressions” of some of the midterm candidates, which he started out by describing as “gross.” He started off easily enough by picking on Florida’s Rick Scott by saying he “looks like someone tried to whittle Bruce Willis out of a penis.” He said New York Congressman Peter King looks like a “cigar came to life.” He said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo looks like “a guy who sleeps with your mom, stays over, and eats breakfast with you in his boxers.” He said Greg Pence, Mike’s bro, “looks like a Ken Doll that spent a year in a river.” Then, he picked on Texas Republican Congressional candidate, Dan Crenshaw.
Crenshaw isn’t off-limits but the comedian went after his eye patch and said, “He looks like a hit man in a porno.” Crenshaw lost his eye while fighting in Iraq. Davidson said Crenshaw looked “kinda cool” but followed up his joke with, “m sorry; I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
I’m not easily offended and I wasn’t by this, but I didn’t find it funny. In fact, I thought the entire sketch fell flat except for the Cuomo joke, which was oddly specific.
Davidson is facing pressure to apologize, and he hasn’t yet. Democratic Senator, Tammy Duckworth said, “This is absolutely appalling.” Duckworth is an Iraq war vet who lost both of her legs. Other critics even pointed out Davidson’s breakup with pop star Ariana Grande, which is something I have no real knowledge over. I’m getting to that age where I don’t know famous young people anymore.
Crenshaw said he won’t ask for an apology. Davidson lost his father in 9/11 and once said, “I like making things of a dark, awkward — weird things that you don’t really find funny, funny. There’s nothing I won’t joke about, and I think it’s because of what happened to me.”
That doesn’t give you clearance to make fun of patriots who were wounded during service. Granted, the Republicans who are outraged by this sit silently while their president mocks war heroes and Gold Star Families, but this isn’t about whataboutism (I just wanted to point that out).
Fellow SNL cast member Kenan Thompson said the joke “missed the mark.”
Crenshaw tweeted, “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.” That’s good to hear from a Republican since they’ve actually created an industry of white, conservative, Christian males who are always offended over any slight while calling other people “snowflakes” for getting upset over the president’s racism.
Crenshaw also said, “I want us to get away from this culture where we demand apologies every time someone misspeaks.” That’s a great idea I wish more Republicans would take. Crenshaw also suggested that Davidson and the rest of SNL pool some money together and donate it to a veterans charity. Let’s just hope that it’s actually donated and not like one of those Donald Trump deals, where he says he’s donating it but doesn’t and he goes out with the money he raised and buys a painting of himself.
For Davidson’s part, he also made fun of himself and said he looks like someone “who makes vape juice in a bathtub.”
I started the day not knowing about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, or even who is Pete Davidson, and now I gotta Google vape juice.
Watch me draw.