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!