We understand that Pete Davidson is a comedian and it’s kinda his job to make light of situations and create jokes during his segments on Saturday Night Live, but we have to say his most recent gag was just not cool or funny in the slightest.
Pete Davidson Addresses Suicide scare in inappropriate joke on saturday night live segment
Appearing on the show for the segment ‘Weekend Update’ with fellow comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney to chat about the upcoming Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule, Davidson addressed his recent cry for help on social media by basically attempting to laugh it off.
It’s not the first time that Davidson has joked about his personal life, nor is it the first time that his jokes have received backlash, but in our opinion it’s one of his joke’s that is the most out of touch. And you can tell that even he was a bit surprised by what came out of his mouth.
The joke began with Mulaney explaining to the audience that he has formed a friendship with Pete, claiming that he has been somewhat of an influence for the young comic.
“I’ve been spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane,” Mulaney said. “A sober, domestic life.”
Pete then added, “Yeah and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide.” He then burst into laughter and quickly said, “I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke”.
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The pair then jumped straight back on track and actually began to chat about the reason that they were there, to review the upcoming film, The Mule, starring 90-year-old Eastwood as he plays a drug smuggler for a Mexican cartel.
In case you missed it, before Saturday Night Live’s final show of 2018 on December 15, Davidson posted a rather troubling message on Instagram before deleting the account altogether.
The message read, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last.”
The message came after Davidson had a whirlwind year coming engaged to Ariana Grande before their shock breakup just months later.
Since the message was posted, Davidson has spoken openly about his battle with mental health in both interviews and even some stand-up sets during SNL’s holiday period, but never before has he completely belittled the serious illness in a very direct joke.
Of course we understand that everyone’s battle with mental health is different and we all cope with it in different ways but to anyone who may be having suicidal thoughts, a joke like that could be seriously damaging.
So just a little advice to all comedians, if there’s one thing you should never joke about it’s mental health. Because seriously, that sh*t just ain’t funny.
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