Monday, October 3, 2011

Real American Morons: Hank Williams Jr.

Imagine you're Hank Williams Jr., country music superstar who's famous for belting out, "Are you ready for some football! A Monday night paaarty!" Imagine that you've gotten rich doing the very same jingle that has been synonymous with Monday Night Football for the last 20 years. Now, being Williams Jr. also comes with the territory of being an unashamed and blunt conservative, and you don't like how the current President is running the country. How do you express your dislike with the President? Do you:

  • A. keep your mouth shut 
  • B. bring up some of your grievances in a manner that doesn't make ESPN look bad, or
  • C. shoot from the hip like you always do, and compare the President to Hitler on national television?  

Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is being removed from his regular spot on ESPN’s Monday Night Football after comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an interview with Fox & Friends.
In a rambling appearance via satellite on FOX News on Monday morning, Williams said that Speaker John Boehener made a “political mistake” by joining Obama on the links for friendly game, because their meeting was “like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu.” Visibly shocked, the FOX & Friends hosts quickly pushed Williams to clarify his statement.
“I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president,” co-anchor Gretchen Carlson said after the segment.
Williams Jr. has opened Monday Night Football with his “Are You Ready For Some Football?” song for years, but ESPN announced they were dropping him from tonight’s program within hours of his remarks. It’s unclear when — or if — he will return.
Here's the video, for those who like watching the stupid in real-time:

Side note: I'll let this act as the Monday Night Football thread, if you want to make comments about tonight's match between Indianapolis and Tampa Bay.

Update: Now Hank claims that his comment, comparing Obama to Hitler was taken out of context.
Hank Williams Jr. has just released a statement regarding his controversial statements on Fox News Channel this morning -- claiming he was simply "misunderstood" when he compared Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler . Williams Jr. says, "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." He continues, "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.” Williams Jr. adds, "Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
Sure it was, Hank.


Anonymous said...

Notice that They pulled him tonight when

A. it's a shitty game between 2 small market teams.

B. It's going up against the New York Yankees.

We'll see if ESPN is serious and pulls that hideous opening from MNF permanently or if it is just for Indianapolis-Tampa Bay.

Anonymous said...

Yup he's just your average middle class hard working teabagger.

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