For a Brief Moment On SNL, All Was Well in the World


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar Pinky says:

    The original offense in this story just doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. The skit is, I guess, the most unhealthy-looking guy in the world making fun of other people’s looks. I’m not expecting commentaries on Cicero. He makes fun of a guy for wearing an eye-patch, not for his disability or his military service, and does so in a way that makes himself look like the loser. So what? Am I supposed to be angry about it?Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      I think it has to do with moving from baseline.

      You ruffle someone’s feathers, an apology can move the feathers back to normal. You ruffle someone’s feathers whose feathers have already been ruffled? You might pluck a feather. At that point you’re doing harm.

      In both cases ruffling is taking place… but ruffling the ruffled leads to plucking.

      Smoothed feathers make (inevitable) ruffling less of a problem.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    That was awesome, Andrew. Thanks for sharing it, made my Veterans Day weekend.Report

  3. Avatar Aaron David says:

    I have a physical issue, one that had lead to me wearing an eyepatch for a time. My wife always worried that some people would make fun of this, not to my face but behind my back. My thought was good! If they need to do that to make themselves comfortable around someone else then there is no harm, and indeed much good to be had from that humor. I refuse to be a captive or captor from a disability.Report

    • One thing in these discussion is I always take a viewpoint from having somewhat the opposite problem. I have limitations, but just looking at me unlike amputees or eye patches a stranger would have no idea. I could always pull my shirt up and let them see the network of scars, and unless it’s someone I’ve known for a long time they don’t know how much smaller, lighter (I finally plateaued on weight loss and have settled at around -70lbs from two years ago), and weaker I am these days. So where as growing up my uncle who had lost a leg in Vietnam would chase the kids with his prosthetic over his head as humor, and my fellow vets in peer support groups have an almost in joke of who can stand to sit the longest before detaching and scratching, there are others who aren’t so apparent. I let the humor, even badly executed, roll.Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      The proper line there was, “I don’t mind people making fun of my eyepatch to my face, as long as they’re on my left, so I can’t see them.”Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    So many things make me frustrated and worried and anxious.

    This one thing gave me hope that there’s a way past the things that make me anxious.

    It took grace on both sides. And grace is what we see in that clip. I’ll never forget it.Report

  5. Avatar Maribou says:

    That was lovely. My grandpop, one of the most gracious men I knew, would have approved.

    (He didn’t teach me to say Never Forget, I think because in Canada “je me souviens” is the Quebec provincial motto and has to do with the Battle of Abraham and the Ancient Francophone Lineage, so it kind of takes up the space that never forget would, at least for us easterners … but the sentiment is very much the same.)Report

    • I don’t speak French (other than brosse-toi les dents, which I though was romantic sounding till she informed mean it meant go brush your teeth, which was a bit of a let down) but I like it and that works too.Report

      • Avatar Maribou says:

        Er, no, I meant because “I remember” (je me souviens) is so close to “Never Forget” it crowds out the space that would let Anglo eastern Canadians say something like that about anything else.

        So not only do we not say never forget (which I will now), we don’t say je me souviens either. Mainly we put on our poppies, open our ears, find an extra bit of common courtesy for people in uniform without saying so, and keep our mouths shut on the topic.

        We’re not unlike northern New Englanders in that, I think?Report

  6. I agree with the other commenters. Fantastic piece. Articles like this that make us understand our humanity should be a greater part of what the news does.Report

  7. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Crenshaw was generous and gracious to give Davidson this chance to make things right; he’s also naturally funny. This could not have worked out better.Report