I’ve commented on that lame “joke” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” about Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw.  The retired Navy SEAL had sacrificed one eye and almost lost the sight in his remaining eye in an IED explosion.  You wouldn’t think anything about that would be funny, but the idea that he was wearing an eye patch that made him look like “a hit man from a porno” was just hilarious in the SNL studio, as was the fact that “he lost his eye in war...or whatever.”  Hahahaha!!

Guess you had to be there.


But no observation from me can approach what investigative reporter Sara Carter has said in response to this pathetic attempt at humor.  On Easter Sunday of 2011, in Afghanistan, her husband Marty was blinded by a sudden hail of gunfire and a grenade blast.  He survived surgery in a makeshift hospital, followed by three craniotomies and a long recovery, but was left permanently blind in both eyes.  As Sara tells it, he never once asked, "Why me?" and the one time he ever broke down was with the realization that he would never see the faces of his wife and children again.

Sara says that the SNL comments, though “gut wrenching,” did leave her with something to be grateful for:  “it’s a reminder that the real heroes are among us every day --- some are right in our own homes.”  After she posted about about how hard it was to watch this, the tweets that poured in made her feel connected to all those who understood how she felt, the same way she feels a bond with those who make a point of coming up and saying those five very important words to Marty, “Thank you for your service.”


I would add that if the creative forces responsible for SNL’s “humor” couldn’t anticipate that this bit wouldn’t play well, they’re just exhibiting their own particularly sad form of blindness.


Please read Sara’s powerful remarks, and join me in congratulating Dan Crenshaw for winning his congressional race!





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  • Amelia Egiziano

    11/10/2018 10:57 AM

    I never watch that show, Mike. I don’t care for their humor. Don’t get me wrong. I love to laugh, but it’s just not my thing. Being seventy, you learn not to take some things so seriously, but that show has never been on my todo list!

  • Mary Defibaugh

    11/08/2018 09:39 AM

    I commend you for not letting this die out. We have become insensitive to these types of comments.

  • Julie Johnson

    11/07/2018 06:26 PM

    SNL hasn't been funny in years! I haven't watched in years...

  • Sheila Jarman

    11/07/2018 05:06 PM

    I don’t understand how anyone could find humor in something like that at all. I hope that SNL has cooked its goose among viewers. Congratulations on your victory Mr. Crenshaw and thank you for your service.

  • Joanne Sgrignoli

    11/07/2018 02:26 PM

    It never ceases to appall me that there are people in this world that find it funny to be heartless and cruel. I stopped watching SNL a long time ago but if I hadn't, I would now.

    Thank God for the men and women who fought/fight for the freedoms we are privileged to have. Those that misuse those freedoms to be hurtful will one day reap what they sow. Until then I pray that they come to know the Lord, so that they repent and begin to share His amazing love instead.

  • Gloria Grace Prosper

    11/07/2018 01:11 PM

    Those at SNL who were responsible for crafting, approving and broadcasting that despicable comment suffer from another sort of blindness, as do the members of the audience who laughed at the remarks. That blindness is caused by a different sort of war...one that is deadlier than any that has been or will be waged in earthly terms. It is the blindness of surrender to the evil one...whether willingly or ignorantly. We know that those who believe in God and the substitutionary sacrifice of the Son will one day have perfect bodies...will see perfectly...forever. The same cannot be said of the other blindness. They need our earnest prayers for repentance and reconciliation and restoration to the One God Who is over all.