Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Gabriel Hays ranted in a Dec. 7 post:
Pete Davidson is at it again, mocking freedom-loving, everyday Americans from the comfort of his cushy “SNL” gig.
A year or so after Pete Davidson landed in hot water for mocking then-U.S. Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw’s (R-TX) war injuries on an episode of SNL, that actor/comedian made insensitive remarks about average Americans protesting strict lockdown orders, as if they were selfish dummies rather than Americans desperate to earn a paycheck.
Talk about smug elitism.
On the December 5 segment of the NBC series’ sketch “Weekend Update,” Davidson gave his flippant and disrespectful opinion on New Yorkers protesting the closing of local bars and restaurants due to the state’s strict China plague lockdown orders. Last week, one defiant Staten Island pub owner of Mac’s Public House re-opened his restaurant despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest lockdown orders.
The bar’s open defiance, which has drawn the attention of NY’s Governor, mayor and law enforcement, has inspired many like-minded New Yorkers and Staten Island residents fed up with NY’s lockdowns to come up in crowds and protest the government’s COVID overreach.
But for a smug elitist like Davidson, who hasn’t had the misfortune of losing his livelihood, the Staten Island protests have become a topic of derision. The star of The King of Staten Island mocked the protestors as “babies” and indirectly called them the worst people of Staten Island, by deriding himself as no longer the “worst thing about Staten Island.”
Though that’s ironic because these protestors are demonstrating against the very idea of being coddled by the mommy state, which has convinced the real idiots -- like Davidson -- that the virus requires Americans to cancel their entire lives for as long as they’re told.
Davidson was "flippant and disrespectful"? Hays must be jealous, because that what the MRC pays him to be and he probably doesn't like anyone horning in on his territory.
But Hays somehow forgot to mention in the middle of his tirade that the day before his item was posted, owner of the bar, Danny Presti, was arrested for running down a sheriff's deputy while trying to avoid arrest for his bar violating the mask mandate. Seems a bit flippant and disrespectful on Presti's part, but that's just us. We don't recall Davidson ever doing anything like that, no matter how much Hays loathes him for failing to be a kneejerk right-winger like himself.
This is the guy Hays thinks we should admire and emulate. And we thought the MRC was a "Blue Lives Matter" kind of place ... but apparently the police too can be thrown under the (metaphorical) bus if they don't fit in with the narrative du jour.
Smug elitism indeed.
UPDATE: The MRC's "news" division, CNSNews.com, also attacked Davidson for criticizing Presti and Staten Island bars -- and also failed to note that Presti was arrested for running over a sheriff's deputy.