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Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 6:21 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (5:50 p.m. ET): We reached out to ESPN for comment and we were informed they are pulling the Hank Williams, Jr., intro from Monday Night Football's telecast for Monday's game between the Buccaneers and the Colts.

“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," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told CBSSports.com.  "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

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The latest sports-related figure to invoke Godwin's Law -- the act of comparing someone in modern culture to legendary very bad person Adolph Hitler -- picked a pretty bad subject for comparison, as Hank Williams, Jr., voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN, decided to hop on Fox and Friends and compare Barack Obama to the German dictator.

But, no, really, this happened. Williams decided to point out that it was foolish of House Majority Leader John Boehner to play golf with Barack Obama.

"Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," he said. "In the shape this country is in?"

Wait! Don't pick your jaw up off the floor just yet. He wasn't done.

Hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were stunned (and later apologized for the remarks), but Kilmeade managed to point out that he doesn't "really understand that analogy." So Williams clarified it.

"I'm glad you don't brother, because a lot of people do," Williams said. "They're the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."

No, Williams did not list a third stooge, but maybe he was just referring to himself?

It was a gaffe of pretty epic proportions and unfortunately for Hank -- and ESPN -- they managed to shift the conversation directly to his 20th year with the WWL as the guy who screams the theme song at the beginning of the show.

"A one-year deal that keeps on going sure is fun," Williams said of his tenure with MNF.

Of course, that only works if it actually keeps on going.

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Comments

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

The NY Daily News, ESPN, and this article definitely deliever on "the stupid". The man has a right to his opinion and moreover - especially if you read / listen to the rest of his comments - he's right. Obama is, without question and by a large margin, the worse president we have ever had. He has complete disregard for everything American, from the constitution all the way to the peoples' vote. And yes, those two folks playing golf together is mindboggling, considering how opposed the two are.

But thanks for the article - I will not watch MNF now. Football is my number one pass time in all shapes and form and due to "ESPiN's" actions to impose their will on the rest of us, I will not support them. Yes - its that important.



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

That open is crap anyways.....totally hideous and lame....cannot believe it ever got past the first production meeting....this is Disney CYA and also a convenient way to pull a crappy open....at least NBC gives us Faith Hill to look at....



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

An outsider looking in... I am Canadian.

As a country Canada is as torn as the United States when it comes to politics. We have leaders with different ideologies and beliefs on how our country should run and move forward. We, for the most part, behave in a far more civilized manner even though our vote is also split nearly down the middle.  

Our leader of the opposition died this year after an incredible life in politics. The Prime Minister broke the rules and gave the man a state funeral. These two men were on oppositie sides of the fence, had vastly different visions for our country; yet respected each other for their desire to make our country better. 

  The media's reporting often polarizes us more than our actual politics. As much as there is ridiculously one-sided journalism we as Canadians do not allow our media to stoop as low as your networks in reagards to partisanship. Your news programs are far too bised. Unfortunately, like in the USA,  we have morons that somehow have microphones placed in front of them. As much as I have not heard a Hitler reference (totally unacceptable) there are always those that go too far.

I understand the program and network apologized for the remarks and that they were not opinions of the program or network. I am sure this will cost Mr. Williams some dollars in the form of future opportunities. If it does not - Shame! I still see that it points to a larger systemic problem in the USA and that is of biased reporting. There should be news networks and not right wing and left wing agencies!!!



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

For crying out loud people, he didn't compare Obama to Hitler.  He said Obama playing golf with Boehner was like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.  You know, as in enemies playing golf.  Kind of like saying Pete Rose playing golf with Bud Selig or Brett Favre playing golf with Ted Thompson or the Road runner playing golf with Wile E Coyote.  Two people who don't or assumingly wouldn't, or in Williams opinion, shouldn't get along, playing golf.  This is going to get blown way out of proportion just like everything else when the media gets ahold of it.


Its no big deal. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

i expect a lot of reasoned defenses for the least talented williams.
I don't know about "least talented". You ever hear "I'm Drunk Again" by Hank III? He makes Kid Rock sound downright listenable.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

If he did indeed say this then ABC / ESPN should fire him and issue a public apology for his even being on screen and singing their theme music.
They probably ought to do this regardless what he said.

Put a million Hank Williams, Jrs in a room and one of them is bound to scream Shakespeare.





Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Well that's a pretty ignorant statement. I work as a full time musician now, and before that I used to be a high school English teacher, and a professor in a university. I also know many people that work in my current industry that are far more intelligent than I am. Hank's ignorance has little to do with him being a musician, but more to do with the American public's embracing of his attitude throughout his career. Unfortunately for Hank, he didn't think before saying that on television. If he said the same statement at one of his concerts, he'd likely be cheered by the majority of people in attendance.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

If he did indeed say this then ABC / ESPN should fire him and issue a public apology for his even being on screen and singing their theme music. 

I'm not a fan of the current regime, but this is disgusting.
   



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Remember- you rarely hear someone calling a musician intelligent.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I'd say the real dictator should suspend Williams for at least 4 games.Surprised!!!


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