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Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 9:24 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After some rather unfortunate remarks about Barack Obama, John Boehner and Hitler, ESPN yanked Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic Monday Night Football intro on Monday, and for now, we don’t know what kind of future Williams’ music has on MNF.

And after releasing a somewhat-stubborn statement Monday evening that said he was just trying to make a point, he’s released another less-stubborn statement saying, well, maybe he shouldn’t have said it in the first place.

From Williams’ web site: “I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me. The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist.” 

This was a little more conciliatory than his previous statement when he intimated that he couldn’t understand why people who have differing views could ever play golf together. Then, he compared Obama and Boehner playing golf together to Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu hitting the links together.

ESPN had no comment on whether Williams' song would be used on future telecasts.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s where all the controversy started.

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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:04 pm

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Bocephus kicks a$$!  i like his statement, it was sincere and honest.  his political analogy maybe was not spot on, but he said what was on his mind and in his heart and i can respect that.   Hank Jr is okay in my book.  if Monday Night Football doesn't want to use his song anymore, so what!  his music and talent goes beyond that theme song.  rock on Hank!  Bocephus wants to boogie-woogie.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:02 pm

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

This non-story is actually important in highlighting a few things. Our culture runs on buzzwords and celebrity worship. The knee-jerk interpretations and media suggesions generated by the mere mention of Hitler in the same sentence as Obama, even as a poorly chosen but clear analogy, apparently warrants the demonizing of a psedo-celebrity human cartoon character who only offended people who are far too sensitive and/or stupid to realize he was making an analogy and stirred up support from his own fanbase in the wake of the ridiculously overblown controversy. Of course, these things only remain in the public eye for a short while but this incident is still unfairly costing Hank Jr. a sweet gig, it is a great example of political correctness being completely out of control and shows the general population's inability to discern an offensive remark from a clumsy comparison made in what was not intended to be offensive in it's context.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:00 pm

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Why is he apologizing, this is still America say your peace.  If anything you should apologize to hitler.  Comparing him to Obama may be more offensive

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