Because World War II is still too fresh in our minds after 80-something years – I can still feel his little moustache… – Hank Williams Jr. has been fired from ESPN’s Monday Night Football after calling President Obama “Hitler” during a FOX News interview where he was simply playing to the audience. But of course, we’re going to make a big deal out of this:
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
AFTER ESPN SUSPENDS HANK JR. FOR ONE-WEEK, HANK JR. DECIDES TO PULL HIS SONG FROM BEING USED ON ESPN FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON!
“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment
Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.” — Hank Williams Jr
Seriously, is anyone actually offended when someone calls something they don’t like “Hitler” in the year 2011? It’s pretty much expected at this point. Christ, I’ve referred to sandwiches as the Holocaust. But a Republican country music star called Obama “Hitler” on a right-wing propaganda station? Oh my stars! NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS ANYMORE! What ESPN should’ve done is exactly what everyone else did: Heard the news and went “Eh. What’re ya gonna do?” Instead, they’ve now created a media sensitivity-fest where Hank can wrap himself in the American flag and say, “Look what thar librul media done to me.” People say words other people don’t like. Fucking. Deal. With. It.
Now, that being said, Hank Williams and his Rabble Rousers need to back their Rascals up with the First Amendment talk because going on FOX News and criticizing the president without being jailed for it is literally the fullest exercise of Hank’s First Amendment rights possible. And this is what simple, conservative folk don’t get: Criticizing, or reacting negatively to something you just said is not a violation of your freedom of speech. Hank Williams Jr. has every right to call Obama “Hitler,” and ESPN has every right to pull his song off their property. That’s how shit works, but I’d be more than happy to explain it to at gunpoint while giving a retarded person the chair. (I’m slowly learning their language.)