Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer visited the set of Fox & Friends on Monday morning to provide his unique insights on the 2018 midterm elections. But it was after he provided his predictions on how the election would go, he turned his attention to a controversial Saturday Night Live sketch from the weekend and called for Executive Producer Lorne Michaels firing.
The controversy focuses on an ill-advised Weekend Update bit in which cast member Pete Davidson ridiculed the appearance of the Republican candidate in the Texas 2nd district Dan Crenshaw. The former Navy Seal was injured in battle and now wears an eyepatch. Davidson made light of Crenshaw’s war injury during the most recent live show, saying: “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever … Whatever.”
This has spawned predictable (and not unreasonable) Red State outrage for Davidson’s douchebaggery. While Crenshaw has taken the high road and refused to demand an apology, saying that that the culture of apology-demanding is just not healthy for America.
“I want us to get away from this culture where we demand an apology every time someone misspeaks,” Crenshaw said.
Cut to Spicer, who blamed Michaels for overseeing this failed joke, saying:
Dan Crenshaw is a Navy seal who lost an eye on the battlefield. And “Saturday night live” mocked him for that. 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.
The public ridicule of someone injured in military service and Spicer is correct in calling out Davidson’s ill-advised joke. We are currently awaiting Spicer’s condemnation of President Trump’s repeated mockery of Senator John McCain, who was injured as a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War. We will update this post when Spicer speaks out on that.
Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.
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