Kenan Thompson may not agree with Pete Davidson‘s controversial joke about veteran Dan Crenshaw from last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, but he’s standing by his fellow comedian.
The father of two, 40, spoke out about the 24 year-old’s decision to make light of now-elected Republican House representative Crenshaw’s war-caused disability, on Tuesday’s episode of The View while promoting his new movie The Grinch.
#SNL’s Kenan Thompson reacts to his co-star Pete Davidson’s joke about a wounded vet, saying it’s “never somewhere I would go”: “Pete’s a good kid, he has a big heart … I definitely don’t think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately that’s what happened in this case.” pic.twitter.com/ioiIVd2C8y
— The View (@TheView) November 6, 2018
“It’s never somewhere I would go, in the offense territory towards veterans, because my father is one,” Thompson began, before turning to host Meghan McCain. “Your father is one, great man. I met him when he hosted.”
Next, the SNL actor defended Davidson’s actions from an artistic perspective.
“When you’re a comedian trying to go for jokes, you know how it is trying to figure out a way to get into something that’s a touchy subject or something that’s very sorrowful and you want to try to bring joy into something and you miss the mark,” the Nickelodeon alum explained.
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“Pete’s a good kid. He has a big heart,” he continued. “He has tragedy in his life with his father passing from 9/11 … being a firefighter. I definitely don’t think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately that’s what happened in this case.”
As the longest running cast member of the iconic sketch comedy show, Thompson then anticipated how writers and producers will handle the mistake.
“They’re figuring out a way to right that wrong, I’m pretty sure,” the Fat Albert star said. “It’s not our intention to disrespect anyone. Our whole thing is to just be artists and hold up the mirror.”
During the most recent episode of SNL, Davidson joined “Weekend Update” to give his first impressions on a few of the candidates who ran for office in Tuesday’s midterms elections.
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When a photo of Crenshaw came up, Davidson joked that he looked like a “hitman from a porno” due to his eyepatch, which he wears after losing an eye serving in Afghanistan.
“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” he said as he laughed. “Whatever.”
Davidson immediately received harsh backlash for the comment. In fact, when he appeared on Today on Monday, Thompson said his costar crossed the line.
“I personally would never necessarily go there, but it’s tough when you’re fishing for jokes — like that’s how stand-ups feel like there’s no real filters out there in the world when they’re trying …read more