Kenan Thompson addressed the backlash his Saturday Night Live colleague Pete Davidson is getting for a joke he made on "Weekend Update."
In a bit on the upcoming elections, Davidson mocked Dan Crenshaw, a Republican candidate for Congress and a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.
In the segment, Davidson said: "You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. Whatever."
The response from Crenshaw and others was blistering, with many castigating Davidson for his "vile" and "tasteless" joke.
On Monday, Thompson appeared on NBC’s Today Show and said that he thought Davidson went too far.
"He Davidson definitely missed the mark," Thompson said. "I think he was more so commenting on the fact that the joke maybe didn't land as hard as he wanted to as opposed to being like I don't care about veterans."
Thompson continued: "My father's a veteran, Vietnam, and 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 to go for a great joke or whatever and we try to respect that but at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people so you have to really be a little more aware in my opinion."