Pete Davidson apologized on Saturday Night Live for his “poor choice” when he mocked former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw on last week’s show. Crenshaw showed up himself on the November 10th Veterans Day episode, returning the mockery right back to Davidson during a truly glorious “Weekend Update” segment. The clip has a serious beginning with Davidson’s apology, and a powerful ending with a message from Crenshaw, but the middle is just plain hilarious.
Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw clearly showed good humor about the whole thing. And, honestly, the controversy has only been bad for Pete Davidson and good for Crenshaw. (Also, let’s be honest, it has been good publicity for Saturday Night Live.) Davidson acknowledged his bad behavior in the new “Weekend Update” intro, joking that at least the left and right can agree on one thing — that he is a “dick.”
Since Pete Davidson got himself into this mess by mocking Dan Crenshaw’s appearance — even though he knew Crenshaw lost his eye while serving in Afghanistan — Crenshaw got to take sweet revenge on Davidson by mocking his appearance.
Dan Crenshaw gleefully blasted Pete Davidson with shots like “He looks like if the meth from Breaking Bad was a person” and “He looks like a troll doll with a tapeworm,” plus “He looks like Martin Short in The Santa Clause story.” Also, loved the killer burn Crenshaw added at the side-by-side shots of Martin Short and Pete Davidson: “By the way, one of these people was actually good on SNL.” Ouch. Davidson took it well. For all we know, he helped write those burns himself.
Dan Chenshaw ended his “Weekend Update” segment on a very serious high note, using his time to say there are a lot of lessons we can learn here. For one, it shows that Americans can forgive one another. He also suggested that, since it’s Veterans Day weekend, Americans should tell veterans to “never forget,” to show that we are all in this together — both civilians and those who have served.
It was a beautiful speech. Maybe even more beautiful than Dan Crenshaw breaking out that Ariana Grande ringtone for an extra shot at her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. (Thank you, next.)
Dan Crenshaw had initially responded to Pete Davidson’s mockery by saying Davidson didn’t need to apologize; he wanted to get away from a culture of demanding apologies for every misstep. But Davidson apologized on air anyway, from himself and SNL, and the whole thing seemed to end on a positive note.
Pete Davidson has been in hot water everywhere lately, including with Ariana Grande. She did not appreciate being dragged into last week’s SNL promo, with Davidson jokingly proposing to the musical guest. So during last week’s “Weekend Update,” Davidson tried to heal the wounds by saying their breakup was nobody else’s business. And yet, they couldn’t resist bringing her back into the conversation this week via that Dan Crenshaw ringtone. Not saying it wasn’t wonderfully savage, but you went and did it, so own it.