When you’re comparing the President of the United States to Adolf Hitler and you’ve got a deal with a major television network, there’s no way that’s gonna end well for you.
Add in that you’re an aging honky tonk country singer living off your daddy’s legacy and one hit song and it only gets even more ridiculous.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.’s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night’s NFL game after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”
“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to ‘Monday Night Football,”‘ the network said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Williams released a statement through his publicist, saying: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.”
ESPN did not say whether the intro, synonymous with “Monday Night Football” since 1989, would be used again after this week’s Colts- Buccaneers game.
Personally, I could care less what Hank Williams, Jr’s politics are. I watch Monday Night Football for the football and not some country singer’s asinine opinions. Sing the damn song, cash the check and stay out of my face with your weak Hitler analogies.
This redneck knows just enough about politics to be informed, but not enough to know what the hell he’s talking about. His interview on Fox and Friends proves a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Williams Jr., has been singing that opening for Monday Night Football since 1989. He’s as much a part of the show as Andy Rooney was for 60 Minutes. The difference being Rooney got paid to give his opinions (and be a professional curmudgeon) and Williams is paid to wear sunglasses and lip synch to an overcaffinated remix of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”
He’s being paid by ESPN/Disney to be a lovable good ol’ boy. When he expresses an asinine opinion on Fox that’s so extreme even Gretchen Carlson has to call him on it, he’s making himself a figure of controversy and that’s not what he’s being paid for by The Mouse House.
Nobody gives a sweet shit what Hank Williams Jr. thinks. About anything. He cashes ESPN’s checks and they get the right to suspend his ass when he says dumb stuff. I’m not seeing the problem here.
I know nothing about contemporary country music and who’s hot and who’s not, but my guess is MNF is the best gig Hank Jr. has going for him so he’d be a damn fool to blow it because he wants to make silly comparisons between Barack Obama and Der Fuhrer.
Or as Frank Zappa would say, “Shut up and play yer guitar.”
ESPN will probably bench him for a week until the brouhaha blows over and he’ll back with all his rowdy friends.
I just watch the game. I don’t even hear the song anymore.
It’s still better though than Faith Hill desecrating Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll.”