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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  "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

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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Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:24 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Yea they should vote for your dumb a$$

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:21 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

What's even worse is that Williams insulted The Three Stooges by comparing Obama and Biden to them.
Now that was great. The Three Stooges were comic geniuses and Obama and Biden are complete morons like the parts the Three Stooges played.

Sure Obama is not to blame for everything but his ideas about illegal aliens, government medical insurance, Social Security and many other things are pure stupidity. Printing money with no backing with complete disregard as asinine. He does not respect the U.S. flag or the National Anthem and he is totally anti American. If you do not see that then you are blind and stupid.

Using Adolph Hitler in any comparison is almost always going to be an issue unless you are comparing him to Satan but Hank's point is valid.

If you voted for our current President in 2008 to prove you were not a racist, please vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you are not an idiot.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 9:31 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Hank was right.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:25 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

What a tool.   His intro for MNF got old 18 years ago.  boring and it was always mailed in.  I am glad I do not have to see his goofy looking face anymore on MNF, which probably means ever because other than MNF I have not seen him anywhere in 20 years.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:25 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I have no problem with his statement, as my views are aligned with TEA PARTY views im tired of being called a racist or biggot or some other ugly name only to have ABC, NBC or some other media outlet of that ILK not say a word, So whats the big deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cant wait until November 2012, also thank god i dont watch ABC or ESPN!

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:09 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Word, brother. This current mess we're in was started by Reagan and amplified by the Bushes. Clinton tried his best to reverse it (22 million new jobs) but when the regulatory function of government has been under attack by Wall Street for 30 years, it's tough to turn things completely around. #Occupy Wall Street is the organic, spontaneous response of We, the People, to this horrendous mess caused by the super-rich, not Obama. Shame on you, Hank. I hope ESPN never brings you back.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:24 am

Freedom of Speech...

Does not shield you from the consequences of saying stupid things. Like losing your job.

Obama is not trying to destroy America. Nor is he Muslim/fascist/socialist/etc. He's just a dude, and he has far less power than anyone thinks.

If you're looking for people to yell at, go down to Wall Street and join the protests that matter. Obama really has no power over the true culprits unless we rise up and make it a campaign point. I don't see Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, or anyone actually trying to reign in the real thieves, and they won't until people actually vote for candidates that the TV didn't choose for them.

p.s. Ron Paul is not the answer either. He's insane...

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:33 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I wish I could figure out what you wre trying to say. I might agree with you. Doubtful, but if you could put a coherent sentence together, its at least possible.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:27 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Can't wait for Hank Jr's next concert!

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:26 am

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Nothing happened to freedom of speech, it just doesnt apply here. Freedom of speech only protects you from the goverment trying to censor you not private companies. The first amendmant doesnt mean you can say whatever you want and suffer no repercussions. He is free to say whatever he wants but ESPN is free to do what ever they want if they dont like it.  Its not a free speech issue.

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