Monday Night Football Without Hank Williams Jr. Is Music to Our Ears

Monday Night Football Without Hank Williams Jr. Is Music to Our Ears

Oct 4, 2011

When are people going to learn that Nazi analogies are still a social taboo?

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Last night, for the first time in over 20 years, Hank Williams Jr. didn’t ask television audiences “Are you ready for some football?” His opening musical routine, which played before the kick off to every Monday night NFL game, was pulled by ESPN after Williams made an analogy that compared Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

During a Monday morning interview on “Fox and Friends” (of course), Williams took the opportunity to vent his frustrations about Speaker of the House John Boehner playing golf with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The obviously conservative — not to mention culturally insensitive — Williams, had some strongly moronic thoughts on the golf outing. “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

In one simple eight-word sentence Williams did an incredible amount of damage. He simultaneously compared Obama to arguably the worst man in human existence, while likening John “stick so far up his ass he can taste it” Boehner to Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. Williams went on to explain that the two parties are enemies, which is why they shouldn’t share a round of golf with each other. This is the kind of statement that can only happen on Fox News.

After ESPN announced that Williams’s iconic yet outdated musical number was being cancelled he issued the following “apology” through his publicist.

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… 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.

I’m not sure what is funnier—the notion that Williams claims that he has “always respected the office of the president” or that the golf outing he’s commenting on happened over three months ago back in June. His biting political commentary that cost him the easiest job on the planet wasn’t the least bit timely.

What’s sad is Williams definitely thinks he made a grand political statement with his “extreme” analogy. He probably believes he lost his job for standing up for his political beliefs. In reality, he’s simply setting the ignorance bar at a higher level.

[Chicago Tribune & ESPN]

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