What SNL — and its Advertisers — Owe Disabled Vets

November 5th, 2018 2:24 PM

Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw doesn’t want a “hollow apology” from Pete Davidson and Saturday Night Live for Davidson’s mocking of the Texas Republican congressional candidate November 3.

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, lost an eye during his third tour in Afghanistan and wears an eye patch. Davidson, making jokes about the appearance of several GOP midterm candidates, said of a photo of Crenshaw, “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hit man in a porno movie.” Then he said, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”

Crenshaw didn’t overreact to the insult. "I think what [Davidson] and maybe the producers at SNL should do is pool their money together, let's throw a figure out there -- a million dollars -- and we will donate that to a series of veterans nonprofits that helps veterans,” he said.

He should have mentioned the show’s national advertisers, as well. They include

  • WarnerMedia

  • Fox Entertainment Group

  • Comcast

  • Sony

  • Viacom

  • Starz

  • Netflix

  • L.L. Bean

  • Olay

  • Belfort Furniture

  • Next Day Blinds

  • Dior

  • Bath Fitter

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Arby’s

  • Capital One

  • Liberty Mutual

  • Hewlett Packard

  • Kohl’s

  • Hotwire.com

  • Microsoft

  • Verizon

  • Amazon

These companies should consider Crenshaw’s suggestion and give generously to to veterans’ groups. It’s one thing to advertise on a partisan “comedy” show. It’s another to do business with people who laugh at wounds suffered in service to the nation.