Comedian Pete Davidson is under fire today after making a mean-spirited comment that was way below the belt directed at Dan Crenshaw, a Republican candidate for Congress in Texas.

Crenshaw is an ex-Navy SEAL who lost his eye in an IED attack overseas.

Here is what Davidson said about Crenshaw during a bit on SNL’s Weekend Update:

“This guy is kind of cool, Dan Crenshaw. You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie. I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war — or whatever.”

Davidson has yet to apologize though many have voiced their displeasure on social media.

I think what Davidson said was absolutely disgusting, but there seems to be organized campaigns demanding NBC punish him for the joke, which is not all that different than some other recent cases.

Director James Gunn was fired from an upcoming film when it was discovered he had made inappropriate jokes about pedophilia on Twitter years ago.

Tweets were later unearthed belonging to comedians Sarah Silverman and Michael Ian Black that were of a similar nature with calls to penalize them in some way, as well.

Of course, the entire outrage culture is nothing new.

Comedian Samantha Bee recently faced crticism for calling President Trump’s daughter Ivanka a “feckless c — t”

That is perfectly fine.

A good comedian is supposed to go after those in power.

The issue, of course, is that this only runs one way and Bee assuredly would have been fired if the circumstances were different.

In other words, Bee’s vitriol is only aimed in the direction of those on the opposite side of her politically and the targets of her ire are the “socially acceptable” ones.

Now, again, that is not a big deal. But let’s just imagine for a second that a right-leaning entertainer called Chelsea Clinton a “feckless c — t.” He or she would have been immediately annihilated by the press and relieved of duties as a television host.

Yet, most in the press corps stood by and said nothing when Bee said this about Ivanka Trump.

To her credit, Ivanka Trump took the high road.

Now, people have been arguing ever since whether or not Bee’s performance was offensive or inappropriate, and what to do about it.

Similar debates have gone on regarding the social media offenders.

And now Davidson.

But does there really need to be action taken in any of these cases?

The entire point of the comedy is to be adversarial in a funny way. That does not mean nasty with no punchline, but it does mean holding the powerful accountable.

That being the case, while Davidson’s comments clearly went over the line, so what?

Many called for boycotts of Bee’s sponsors when she made comments about Ivanka Trump, which eventually forced an apology.

The same could happen with Davidson, but this is a very dangerous road to go down.

We have seen this done by the left, particularly against Laura Ingraham.

It was shameless bullying then, and it will be shameless bullying now if it is done to Davidson here.

I mean, listen, is there a double standard when it comes to what you are allowed to say to a conservative as opposed to a liberal?

Of course.

If Davidson were a conservative comedian who had made these comments about somebody like Democrat Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illiniois — who is also a handicapped veteran — he probably would have been fired or suspended already.

And while it is ok — and probably even a good idea — to point this out, the last thing we should be doing is summoning outrage mobs.

If you do not like Pete Davidson, do not watch SNL or anything else he stars in.

If you do not like jokes made by James Gunn, Sarah Silverman, or Michael Ian Black, don’t pay to see the entertainment material they produce.

But when you start organizing sponsorship boycotts to try to ruin somebody for professing a point of view you do not like, that is a slippery slope.

Because the outrage mob is great when you are on the right side of it, but you could be leading it today only to be destroyed by it tomorrow.

If you do not believe me, just ask Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, and James Gunn, all of whom were members of the mob at one point until the mob turned against them.

And Davidson may come to the same understanding sometime in the next few days if the pressure really intensifies against NBC.

Either way, Davidson will survive in some form and his career will go on, as it should.

I just hope that he uses better judgment from now on, and that this incident provides him with a little more understanding ofthose he may have mocked in the past for winding up on the wrong side of the outrage police.



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