Skip to comments.ESPN pulls Williams from MNF opening
Posted on 10/04/2011 5:01:11 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
The Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years was not part of the opening of this week's Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.
Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning.
ESPN, in a statement, said: "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."
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Who didn’t see THAT coming?
Shut up and sing—isn’t that the mantra?
Tell me this doesn’t take Faith Hill off please!
And the liberal schmucks at ESPN have the freedom to yank Hank's "Are you ready for some football?!" opening for whatever reason they choose. There was no first amendment violation here. ...which should be obvious.
Jr should sue espn just to showcase the pc idiocy for all to see.
Did anyone see what they replaced Hank with?
doubt it, she and husband supported obama in last election.
Notice they said they were pulling the intro “for tonight’s game”.
Let’s see if it isn’t back in the near future.
Given their perverted political views... Lady Gaga? Prince? Boy George?
I’m sure they were just itching to find a reason to remove that garbage, after 20 years, I think people were getting tired of it.
“We are extremely disappointed with his comments”
I’m not. I’m proud of him.
I’m also beginning to see how PC and panty-waist the NFL is. Gutless and directionless.
Well he may have been compared Bambi to Netanyahu, or not comparing him to anyone at all. So long MNF - who needs it?
Bush was called everything under the sun including Hitler, and Chimpy (with photos to match).
This censorship of what we can say about this idiot president is indicative of a country under a dictatorial rule.
Now we know why Maxine Waters asked for permission to speak against Obama!
Yeah, I far preferred the pre-game MNF music back when Frank, Howard, and Dandy Don were calling the games. I have no quarrel with Hank personally, but that particular tune of his is very lame.
This has back-fired on ESPN!
More folks are aware of it than if they would have broadcasted the show and cut the Nazi comment.
Thank you Hank for telling it like it is!
Yes. Yes it is.
Maybe I’m splitting hairs, but Williams did NOT call Barry “Hitler”. If they wanted to fire Williams for airing his conservative views, they’d be within their rights. But they didn’t do that, did they? They fired Williams instead for something he DIDN’T say, rather than defend themselves for firing him for something he DID say. FWIW, ESPN and the National Felons League can go straight to Hades. I won’t watch either anymore.
This from a network that used to employ Keith Olberman???
In other news, the rumor is Madonna will be sanctioned to be the halftime performer at the Super Bowl. She called Palin a “bitch” and during a concert tour had a video which quickly juxtaposed pictures of Bush, Hitler, and Mugabe. The inference was clear Bush=Hitler.
Yeah NFL, really that’s what I look forward to seeing on Super Bowl Sunday- Madonna singing “I touch myself” or “like a virgin” before a nationwide audience.
I’m done with ESPN.
Yes, private company.
Maybe they should just show the freaking game sans all the song-and-dance routines, animated robots, inane sideline reporterettes, and gauzy sob stories about the 350lb nosetackle's sick kitten. NFL football can surely hold its own as entertainment without all the BS. Between that list of crap and the number of ED commercials, it's getting hard to watch.
Hank Williams Jr. pointed out that Obama and Biden are as poles apart from the mentioned Republicans as Adolf Hitler would have been from the Prime Minister of Israel.
It is bias that the media is accusing Williams of comparing Obama to Hitler.
The media is out creating news, again.
Oil is Black, Obamah is 1/2 Black. ...racist comment.
Sorry, moving along.
Eff ESPN and all who bow to politically correct nonsense. I would confidently wager that pulling Williams cost many more viewers than leaving him on would have. His comments were actually pretty innocuous, but I wonder whom he had in mind as the third stooge: Holder, Napolitano, Geitner, Sibelius, or Hillary? So many to choose from!
He most certainly did not! Read the transcript or watch the clip, ESPN.
Shut up and singisnt that the mantra?
It’s sure mine. The only problem I have with this is ESPN’s hypocrisy. A few weeks ago some ESPN anchor had Mike Tyson on his program. Tyson was allowed to make the most revolting sexual comments about Sara Palin and the anchors openly giggled at his comments (Google Mike Tyson/Sara Palin). Afterwards, nothing was stated from ESPN’s higher ups that I’m aware of. So it seems that if you are a conservative you’d better censor your speech. And if you are liberal spewing vile remarks about a conservative woman, you’re just fine.
Angry-Jawa, you my friend just hit it out of the park. The NFL show is getting unwatchable. I tape them and watch 20 min of football without any of their crap. FF through So that is at least 2 hours of crap we have to deal with. Will not me. ESPN and the NFL are fast becoming useless.
George Lopez was on FNC this morning, said something controversial about Herman Cain. I didn’t see what followed, so I’m wondering if the hosts gave Lopez the same treatment Williams got....
This will be Rush’s lead today, and his monologue will be priceless. Listen and enjoy the double standards that he most surely will intone, as he skewers ESPN for their blatant, and POLITICAL hypocrisy.
Political Correctness is the politically correct term for “Cultural Marxism”.
That’s fine. You don’t have to patronize ESPN. I don’t.
Ain’t it the truth! I remember when football was just that, football.
Sounds like a move concocted by the intelligence of the officiating corps... That fluffy bunch on MNF are about as puss-filled as Zero, anyway. NFL football sucks!
And what is infuriating is that there are a small percentage of so-called conservatives (a few on FR as well) who will gladly agree with this decision by the liberal scum at ESPN.
“Did anyone see what they replaced Hank with?”
Heck no! Just didn’t want to be part of any PC cr@p. Went to bed early for a change. n/s
Bunch of thin skinned femme ninnies at ESPN. Jr.rattled some off the cuff remarks inferring a comparison type. Perhaps it was over the edge but he didn’t write song lyrics over it. Some freedom of speech. I am currently and will still not be a subscriber to watch ESPN.
On what grounds?
Sunday night football looking for a theme song? Although another liberal hack network.
The “are you a hypocrite” question would be -
has any person equating Bush with Hitler been fired from your organization?
Notice how effective the media has been in getting Americans to believe that Williams compared Obama to Hitler? You are right...he didn't.
heh, heh....building an American folk hero...and needed at this time...
Speaking of getting tired, I planned to watch the game 'til halftime. But when the cut away for another stupid "automatic" review of a touchdown, I turned the TV off before they could cut away for a commercial.
(And I've always thought the HW MNF opening was stupid.)
Yup, there's no such thing as a right of free speech in private industry. It's amazing how many folks don't know that.
Kenny Mayne's twitter account said this " "Almost Rammed Car With Palin Bumper Sticker but held up might have been kids in the car."
I absolutely agree! I really miss Frank, Dandy Don and even Howard. That was real football and good commentary, not
a bunch of fluff and crap just to satisfy the pc police.