"Saturday Night Live's" Kenan Thompson criticized colleague Pete Davidson on Monday, saying his joke about a wounded veteran "missed the mark."
Thompson, the son of a Vietnam War vet, said Davidson should have shown better judgment and not gone after Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch.
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"It’s tough when you're fishing for jokes, like that’s how stand-ups feel, that there's no real filters out there in the world when you’re trying to go for a great joke," Thompson told the "Today" show. "But at the same time, when you miss the mark, you’re offending people. So you have to ... really be a little more aware."
Thompson also stood up for Davidson, adding: "Pete's a very ... humble dude and he has a big heart. I don’t think he goes out to offend people."
During "Weekend Update," Davidson described Crenshaw, a Republican, as "kind of cool."
"You may be surprised to hear that he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie," he said. "I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who wears an eye patch having lost an eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan.
"I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended," Crenshaw tweeted about Davidson's segment. He also said "SNL" should try to be more sensitive to veterans.
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David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.