ESPN Rocks for Cutting Hank Williams Jr. Loose

hank williams jr. on fox and friendsESPN's Monday Night Football wasn't exactly the same last night. If you were watching, you may have noticed ... country singer Hank Williams Jr.'s intro (you know, "Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!") was MIA. Turns out, the sports network cut it, because earlier yesterday, Williams made offensive, ridiculous comments on FOX News' Fox and Friends. (Side note: Why does it seem like those Foxy Friends are always saying something completely out to lunch? First, that Walgreens offers pap smears, now this! Anyyywaaay ...) Williams was talking about politics -- like he's a credible pundit all of a sudden -- and referred to a golf game with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the same team, against VP Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever."

He went on to elaborate, "Come on. That'd be like [Adolf] Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. Not hardly." Alllllrighty, then.


Obviously, this was a totally ignorant, completely extreme metaphor to describe how the two men are polar opposites, something Williams clarified later on. He even admitted he went overboard with the comparison, in a statement he issued via a rep. And I don't really think he actually intended to convey that he thinks Obama is like Hitler. But it doesn't matter -- what he said was just plain idiotic and even in his statement, he was defensive about it and went off on a tirade about the Tea Party getting the short end of the stick ...

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.

And that's great that he has such a strong opinion on the matter, but as an entertainment/sports network, ESPN is not in the business of politically polarizing people or even being associated with anything remotely political. And it's their prerogative to pull something -- or someone -- that is contentious. If Williams wants to move his career in that direction or speak up about what he sees as unjust in our country's politics, that's great, but he can't angrily mouth off, pointing fingers, and calling names, then expect that he'll still have mass appeal as a Monday Night Football crooner. It doesn't work like that. He has to choose a side, and in this case, it seems it's been chosen for him. To that, all I have to say is ... right on, ESPN!

Do you agree with ESPN cutting Hank Williams Jr.'s Monday Night Football intro?


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