Heading into Saturday Night Live this weekend, a nation waited with anticipation over what Pete Davidson would say about his break-up with Ariana Grande.
The comedian and the singer dated for a whole few weeks earlier this summer prior to getting engaged, public displaying tons of affection — and then splitting about four months later.
Grande was so prepared for some jab at her expense on air that she actually released a track just before SNL aired that beat Davidson to the punch, referencing him and other exes as well.
So… what did Davidson say about the pop singer during his stint on Weekend Update?
“I know some of you are curious about the break-up, but the truth it’s nobody’s business, and sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s OK,” he told viewers, concluding of Grande:
“She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world. Now please, go vote on Tuesday.”
That was it, meaning Davidson avoided controversy and actually came across looking very well, right?
Oh, no. Oh, so VERY wrong.
Earlier in the segment, Davidson sat behind the Weekend Update desk and mocked the appearance of a congressional candidate whose eye was destroyed while he served in Afghanistan.
“This guy is kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw,” Davidson said alongside a photo Crenshaw, a Republican.
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hit man in a porno movie.”
“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever,” he added. “Whatever.”
Not exactly whatever, Pete, the entire Internet basically said at once.
You thought it was worth making a pirate joke at a veteran’s expense simply because he wears an eye patch?
That’s both offensive and just plain lazy.
“Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended,” Crenshaw himself Tweeted in response.
“That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
There was also this response from National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jack Pandol:
“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country.
“Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend — because they’re not laughing.”
As of this writing, neither Davidson nor NBC has issued said apology.
Watch the wildly inappropriate joke in the video featured here.