Pete Davidson jokes on ‘SNL’ that he wears dresses and paints his nails to make his uncle ‘uncomfortable’

Pete Davidson jokes on ‘SNL’ that he wears dresses and paints his nails to make his uncle ‘uncomfortable’

  • Pete Davidson wore a Thom Browne-designed black dress to the 2021 Met Gala in September. 
  • He joked about his family’s reaction to the look on the season premiere of “SNL” season 47.
  • Davidson told Colin Jost that he wears dresses and nail polish just to see his uncles’ reactions.

Pete Davidson discussed his family’s reaction to the black dress he wore at the 2021 Met Gala, joking that his uncles’ discomfort with his wardrobe serves as one of his biggest motivators to takes fashion risks. 

During the season 47 premiere of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” the 27-year-old cast member joined the “Weekend Update” segment to speak about the star-studded event, which took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13.

In line with the gala’s theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” Davidson wore a Thom Browne-designed black dress and tailored white blazer.

“That’s a cool dress,” he told “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost, continuing, “I look like James Bond at his quinceañera. I look like if one of the three blind mice sold fentanyl.”

He went on: “The truth is, I already wear a dress or paint my nails sometimes just because I love making my uncles uncomfortable.”

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Pete Davidson attends the 2021 Met Gala, themed “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

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The Staten Island-born comedian, who has been a staple on the sketch comedy series since he joined the show as a featured player in 2014, said that his family members are supportive of his fashion choices, but have a hard time resisting the occasional playful jab.

“When my Uncle Steve saw it, he was like, ‘Hey, I don’t get it but whatever makes you happy. You’re still welcome in my house. I’ll just put the seat down when you’re over,'” Davidson quipped. 

Davidson’s uncle grew up in the ’80s, making him part of what the comedian called “the gayest and the most homophobic generation of all time.”

As an example, Davidson pointed to his uncle’s love for the 1986 film “Top Gun,” which “The King of Staten Island” lead described as being “as close to a movie about men being in love with each other as the ’80s allowed.”

Davidson’s first Met Gala ensemble featured a tribute to another man in his family: his late father, a firefighter that died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Because this year’s Met Gala was two days after the 20-year anniversary of the attacks, the comedian wore garnets, his father’s birthstone, in an antique Fred Leighton necklace and custom lapel pins, according to Vogue.

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