Skip to comments.ESPN severs relation with Hank Williams Jr.
Posted on 10/06/2011 8:20:10 AM PDT by Borough Park
(CNN) -- ESPN says it has severed its relationship with singer Hank Williams Jr.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years," the network said in a statement released Thursday. The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue."
Williams, the 62-year-old son of the legendary country singer Hank Williams and a widely popular entertainer himself, compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, a remark that prompted controversy and resulted in "Monday Night Football" pulling his popular musical introduction from this week's game.
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This sucks. I hope Hank Williams now really lets us know what he thinks. Maybe a song about Obama/Hitler would be nice, with a dig at ESPN?
I’ll bet Williams feels like an idiot for apologizing now.
Bless him for speaking up
I like Hank, and I like what he said while on TV with the faux three stooges .
What I do not understand is why do so many of these people make admirable and bold statements and then apologize?????
Is there a trend here?
Are they being systematically threatened somehow? Do they all lack the courage of their convictions? If so, are they too disappointed and surprised (at themselves).
Smell something fishy in all of this, folks?????
In any case, Hank Williams Jr... another American folk hero!
Hank didn’t really compare Obama to Hitler, it was simply portrayed that way by the media. He was talking about Obama and Boehner getting together to play golf and said (I’m paraphrasing), “That’s like Hitler and Netanyahu getting together to play golf. They’re enemies, they have nothing in common”. He was simply stating the silliness of the situation.
With that said, if what he said has to be explained or clarified, he’s already lost the argument.
No sympathy for Hank Williams. He was a public front for a large organization, with lots of customers who are Democrats. While I realize ESPN is run by liberals, in this case, they did what should have been done, if you look at it objectively.
If I had a company that sold a product to a wide group of people, and a company front man did something to irritate 1/2 of my customer base, that front man would be gone, period.
Not to mention that it’s wrong to compare the President to Hitler, even if it is Obama.
I really tired of conservatives getting fired, attacked and ridiculed when we speak our minds. The left on the other hand can say anything and do anything and the media looks the other way.
I normally don’t do this but I will make it a point to NEVER turn on Monday night football again.
They should get a gay guy in a dress to do a show tune for the intro - you know, something with values that won’t offend anyone.
All the most reason to boycott the NFL and its enablers. Mine began after the hypocrisy of the Rush Snub, and quite frankly, I havent missed it at all. And that includes the “Super Bowls” Let liberals support the prima donnas and overpriced tickets and merchandise and palatial stadiums. My Sundays are alot more enjoyable now doing other things than watching over-commercialized thug football.
And I certainly don’t waste my Monday evenings now either. Whatever liberals touch, rest assured they will screw it up.
Gotta get rid of the white guys so the ‘minorities’ can have a job, remember...
No doubt Kanye West and Lady Ga Ga are hard at work on the new intro music....
‘Not to mention that its wrong to compare the President to Hitler, even if it is Obama’.——
He didn’t compare Obama to Hitler.
But you did a good job of promoting that lie.
And I bet you have lots of posts here, when the Democrats did compare Bush to Hitler, eh? You want to provide the links?
Is that you Anderson Cooper?
Oh wait, no it’s James Carville isn’t it?
After many years of being a Monday Night Football fan I am done with it.
Hank’s remarks weren’t misunderstood; they have been intentionally misrepresented. It is clear he was making a comparison - not referring to anyone as a Nazi.
This is just more political correctness run amok.
Leftists jumped on the opportunity to turn a cumbersome analogy into a racial attack.
“Never let a crisis go to waste”
(even if you have to manufacture one)
If 0bama's policies are similar to Hitlers, why not?
The liberals compared Bush to Hitler all the time. IMHO they had no basis for it.
If "the most busted news organization" is lying again, folks, we gotta convince Journalism to put on a clean pair of underwear and get rid of the pair with all those skid marks masquerading as journalists.
It's what liberals do.
I recall how the liberals screamed that conservative criticism of JFK caused Oswald to assassinate the President.
Some media rushed to rid themselves of conservatives. The most notable victim was Joe Pyne who had s few hundred stations nationwide.
Though I knew of Pyne only by his short-lived TV show at a later date.
The "fairness doctrine" dark age followed immediately.
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I seriously doubt 50% would have been irritated, but the liberals understand that ‘he with the loudest mouth is the one that wins.’
so....what we have learned from watching ESPN over the years is.....
If you work for them, AND you compare Donovan McNabb to Adolf Hitler, they are likely to put you up against the wall and shoot you.
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
"Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victims stomach! Wild!"
-Weather Underground leader and wife of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, referring to the Manson murders
Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
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Undercover agent Larry Grathwohl discusses the Weather Underground's post-revolution governing plans for the United States:
"I asked, 'well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?' and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say 'eliminate,' I mean 'kill.' Twenty-five million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious."
"It was at the Chicago home of [Bill] Ayers and [Bernardine] Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming 'community organizer,' had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working 'only to educate' both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers."
Article: The Company He Keeps:
Meet Obamas circle: The same old America-hating Left
“Ill bet Williams feels like an idiot for apologizing now.”
Knew this was coming the minute he apologized.
dissent is patriot-— oh thats only for libs...sorry
dissent is patriot-— oh thats only for libs...sorry
Is it because they know that Obama is antisemitic? Or a would-be tyrant? But Hank Williams never said that. He never said which was like Hitler and which was like Netanyahu. All he said was that they were politically far apart.
This is the latest victim and YES, a lot of Obama’s tactics bear an unsettling resemblance to those of the Nazi dictator.
Perhaps ZULU will be the next victim of the Ministry of Truth.
Never been a Hank Jr. fan, but I’m thinking about becoming one.
Uhhhhh no....the First Amendment only applies to government censorship....you can say whatever you want, but that doesn't mean you get to keep your job if you say it.
QUIT SPREADING THAT LIE. GO WATCH THE CLIP
of course that would be ok if madonna wasnt playing the nfl halftime...the same madonna who called mccain hitler during 2008...of course mccain isnt prez..but still its a lil ironic who gets whacked and who dont
What will be the first clue that might make you change your mind?
Will it be when he marches large numbers of supposed low-lifes off to gas chambers?
Will it be when the Capitol Building is destroyed?
Will it be when the 2012 election is "postponed"?
Will it be when he nationalizes large segments of the economy? (Oh, wait, ...)
Will it be when we have a large civilian army in brown (or purple) shirts that brutalize political enemies? (Oh, wait, ...)
Will it be when he demonizes significant minorities of the population in public speeches? (Oh, wait, ...)
Will it be when the press and the government march in goosestep? (Oh, wait, ...)
ESPN — is a typical LIBERAL NETWORK that is 80% owned by the GAY FRIENDLY Disney corporation. I hate to say it, but I knew when ESPN was first founded and it didn’t have an agenda. Now it does...
I seriously doubt that Hank will be quite I’m sure he’ll have a thing or two to say. He could always write a song about losers who live in a big whitehouse....
You don’t have a clue my friend.
He NEVER called Obama Hitler.
ESPN produced Keef Olberdork. Nuff said.
“But you did a good job of promoting that lie.”
You are the type that gives FR a bad name. Unable to see anything objectively, or see what’s right. And, to top it off you go to personal attacks. That would make you the “conservative” equivalent of those folks over at DU, congratulations.
You’re right, it could have been that Boehner was the one he compared to Hitler. Or it wasn’t meant to be literal. However, if you mention the president in the same breath as Hitler, you’re asking for trouble.
And I’m not interested in playing the “they did it too” game. Yes, the left said horrible things about GWB. It was wrong for them, it’s wrong for us. Wrong is wrong, you’re playing relativism? Another favorite of the left.
What Hank should have done, was to substitute Hitler with “The Ayatollah Khomeini”, that would have worked much better.
If 0bama’s policies are similar to Hitlers, why not?
The liberals compared Bush to Hitler all the time. IMHO they had no basis for it.”
Wrong is wrong. Because they did it, doesn’t mean we should do it. Hitler has a very special place in history, and in Hell. Comparing anyone to Hitler, aside from the likes of Stalin, Mao, etc, is not wise.
Now if you compare Obama to Hugo Chavez, you’re on much more solid ground.
Meanwhile Madonna, who compared John McCain to Hitler in 2008, is rewarded with the Super Bowl halftime show this year.
Hank is so much more relevant than ABC and MNF that it’s laughable. Better for him. He shouldn’t have apologized; he should have upped the ante.
Can you say $$$$$$$$$?
Absolutely...this is so similar to the furor rising up about Cain's statements. The media wants to be manipulated...it is not the forum for brash plain talking, that is something best left for the bar.
Had Williams said "damn, that's like the Eagles and the Cowboys getting together to play golf" everyone would have had a great laugh about it. Whatever happened to being savvy and wise when dealing with a serpent, which is what the media is?
*** I seriously doubt 50% would have been irritated, but the liberals understand that he with the loudest mouth is the one that wins. ***
Ok, pick a percentage. 20%? Do you want to irritate/alienate 20% of your customer base?
I get that it was not a direct comparison, but there is such a thing as connotation, and implication.
I just think it’s a hideously bad idea to mention Hitler in the same breath as the president, if you’re a public front for a company.
Now that Hank has no affiliation, he’s free to say that all he wants. A little less cash flow, but more freedom.
“but still its a lil ironic who gets whacked and who dont”
Well, first off, it’s a bit non sequitur. You’ve put a candidate, a president, ESPN and the NFL all in one lump.
I agree, there are different standards for conservatives, and it infuriates me. However, in this case, there’s a clear right and wrong. And while a lefty wouldn’t be held to this standard, it doesn’t make it any less wrong.
Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet Tour in the U.K. Saturday, and stirred up a beehive of controversy by comparing Republican presidential nominee John McCain to Adolf Hitler in a video montage during the show.
During the song “Get Stupid,” Madonna flashed images of McCain alongside photos of Hitler and brutal Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as well as images of destruction and global warming, according to British paper The Times.
By contrast, in the next segment of the performance, she used the image of Democratic nominee Barack Obama alongside pictures of John Lennon, Mahatma Ghandi and Al Gore.
McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds for was quick to respond to the slam, and pursued the Obama-as-celebrity tack the campaign has employed in recent weeks.
“The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time,” he said. “It clearly shows that when it comes to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse to consider any smear or attack off limits.”
Not a question.........
Some of the things you cite are a bit of a stretch. Did Hitler have the equivalent of Fox news? If this were Hitler’s Germany, how many Freepers would still be alive?
I would agree that Obama uses a lot of the Nazi propaganda tactics. I have no love for Obama, but I was in the military, where you respect the uniform, not the man. I respect the office, not the office holder.
And, to answer your question, I’ll join the militia when/if the 2012 elections are postponed. And I would bet a large sum of money that I won’t need to join a militia.