Twice in one week, NBC has shown a culture of disrespect for veterans. The first was putting their equipment in a handicapped spot, and refusing to move it when a disabled Air Force veteran needed to use it so he could vote. The second was when Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson made fun of a Navy SEAL candidate who lost an eye in an IED explosion.
The Handicapped space
James Berrie is an Air Force veteran who has multiple sclerosis. He is bound to an electric wheelchair and wanted to go vote. But the MSNBC crew was taking up the only spot at his voting place. They promised to move, but were still there when he returned 15 minutes later, according to Fox. The news crew forced him to park in narrow spot that left little room for his ramp.
“This is suppression. If I couldn’t park I couldn’t vote.They had made no effort whatsoever to move. Their job is more important than accessibility. There were so many other places to (set up). But you chose to do it here. We’re like, ‘No. We gotta stand up.'” James Berrie
First off, it’s illegal to park in a handicapped spot without a valid handicapped sticker on the license place or a blue card for the mirror. How about law enforcement send them a nice expensive ticket? They apologized, but apologies are irrelevant.
Making Fun of a Hero
The second incident came from a so-called “comedian” on SNL: Pete Davidson. He mocked Texas Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who lost an eye while serving the United States as a Navy SEAL. Nobody thought it was funny except the audience. And Pete.
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a Congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.” Pete Davidson
Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 4, 2018
“When I saw and heard what was said about candidate Crenshaw I was pissed. Not only should NBC apologize but so should the writers and the comedian. It’s a sign of something a lot larger.” Harold Garoutte, a disabled veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq
“NBC’s shameful attacks on veterans are part of a corporate culture that disrespects military and law enforcement service and the sacrifice that comes with it. Their mockery of (former Navy SEAL, now congressional candidate) Dan Crenshaw and attempted prevention of a disabled veteran from voting are just two examples of their creation of a culture that it is acceptable to attack or vilify anyone that might support conservatives or President Trump.” U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata (Ret.)
Apologies mean nothing- changing the culture of disrespect and outright hate would go a long way toward healing the nation. There needs to be real accountability and deep change from the heart. Don’t hold your breath.
What was even more gut wrenching was hearing the audience laughter after such a horrible joke…my husband was blinded in Afghanistan, almost gave his life – He and Dan Crenshaw put our nation first and they are my heroes. I will never watch SNL again. It made my stomach turn. https://t.co/NrRAHi3xvK
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) November 5, 2018