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Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler, Gets Pulled From ESPN (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:15PM
Hank Williams JrAre you ready for some football scandals? Well you won't be hearing the voice of Hank Williams Jr. kicking off this week's big game.

Appearing on Fox & Friends to talk politics today -- a topic he's always been very vocal about -- Williams landed himself in some hot water after seemingly comparing President Barack Obama to Hilter.

The country singer, whose voice famously asks football fans "Are you ready for some football?" each week, criticized the president's recent "golf summit" with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, saying it "would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu [the Israeli leader]."

After the show's hosts asked him to clarify, giving him the chance to gloss over that statement, he laughed instead of backing down. "I'm not gonna sugarcoat it." When one host pointed out that he'd compared the president to one of the most hated people in the world, he replied: "Well that's true ... but I'm telling you like it is ... Like Fred Thompson said, 'You don't want to ask me a question, because I'm gonna give you too straight of an answer.'"

ESPN released this statement:
"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. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

Williams explained during the Fox News telecast that he made the comparison because the president was "the enemy," but has since released a statement of his own:

"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."

No word yet on if Williams' intro will resume next week.


What do you think: Were Williams' comments taken too seriously? Or does he deserve to get fired?

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tihi60

u go Bocephaus, if they don't want to know the true answer don't ask a TRUE AMERICAN COUNTRY BOY!!!!!!

October 12 2011 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

"Free speech" ESPN, it's what you've practiced all this time. Put Hank Williams Jr. back on or you may end up "down the tubes,( tv ) literally. Maybe you have forgotten, "we the people" are YOUR customers too.

October 10 2011 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Terry Thompson

I see nothing wrong with what Hank said.If a person can't accept the remark then they should get another type of job!
The 1st amendment was still a right & ESPN opened up the suggestions & should not have asked Hank to recant his personal thoughts & he is not the only one out here that feels the same way.Even obama has thought of his defeat as President another 4 yrs. I just hope obama is tried for his crimes he has committed! So obama should get the death pently for starting his own was with 1)Afganastan,2) The way he flip flops on who going to be a legal citizen & who's not. !!!I I could keep on going but i don't think people can be so blind,& dumb not to see how he has run this country so deep into the ground that i don't see America getting back in shape like we were once.Now are you people going to tell me i'm being bias,or anti-american because i voiced my opinon???That is the same reason Peter was released from abc!!

October 04 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Nothing wrong with what he said. ESPN was wrong.

October 04 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bayportbob

the opinion that hank stated was his and in the context of what people say about the tea party is not out of line. last time i looked freedom of speech was still a right in this country. now it appears that the disney networks are being biased toward mr williams jr. a real shame.

October 04 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
isu rlsvd

Re Right and Proud - The chosen one one is also the elected one, so say the voters of this country. Jr might want to sweep off his own back porch. Hank has the right to say anything he wants, just as ESPN has the right not be assoiciated with him

October 04 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
h8tyaphrodite

The guy isn't even sane.

October 04 2011 at 12:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Thomas Flynn

How many douche bag liberal tools in Hollywood made similar comments about Dubbya, and they were APPLAUDED for their "Patriotic Decent"? Things like Keith Olberman calling Bush a Fascist, Janeane Garofalo citing, “Bush is a War Criminal” and there were honestly… a great many more. But OH-NO, to come out against the anointed one? The Great Race Pimp Lawyer from the UBER-successful state of Illinois? The man who has turned so much around in this nation, pulled the troops out from the warzones of the middle east, turned around the economy and made good on all those campaign promises? Thou shall NOT question thee? I ask you where is your decent full patriotic zeal NOW that we find ourselves going down the same EXACT rode we were on half a decade ago? Where is your “questioning of the status quo” I heard so much about? Have you forgotten that the right to free speech is more important than your personal comfort zone, more important than the vaunted political correctness?

Exactly. Democrat Progressives have done such a magnificent job fooling themselves that there really is no point in trying to pull the wool any further over your eyes… and it is pathetic.

So long ESPN, ‘cause a country boy CAN survive.

October 04 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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h8tyaphrodite

Well here's the difference. Bush implemented fascist like policies. He committed acts of war that could reasonably be construed as war crimes. Obama has not massacred millions in the name of white supremacy. See the difference?

October 04 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
woodhurstd

Hank WilliamsJr. is a classless bigot pig, he is an idiot.

October 04 2011 at 10:01 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
RightandProud

I get so sick of the double standard! remember Keith Obermann? What a piece of human crap, but he was on espn on a regular basis! It just shows that these networks are so scared that Berry boy will be defeated that their biased won't allow objective viewpoints!

October 04 2011 at 9:44 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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