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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 CBSSports.com.  "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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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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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

he was right.......i hope everyone crying about this comment takes a dose of thalium and does us all a favor....i know all the comminist obama supporters are stunned that someone might speak out against the fuhrer...but to your horror he hasnt been able to abolish free speech just yet.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Some animals are more equal than others.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Typical libtard response from Ilovemykids, agree with the Obamunist or else you are a moron or a retard.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I agree with sschind.

The problem with most folks today, media especially, is they're quick to see a couple of words in a sentence and immediately draw the incorrect conclusion.   It is the conclusion that makes the most waves and will draw veiwers to blogs, articles, etc.

As sschind said, Williams did NOT compare anyone to Hitler.  He simply stated that Boehner playing golf with Obamas is just wrong due to idealogical differences, just as seeing Hitler playing golf with the Jewish state president would be wrong, given the Nazi/Jewish history we know today.

I can't see anyone with half a brain drawing the conclusion that Williams compared Obama to Hitler.  

Shame on ESPN/ABC for jumping just to jump.  Do they have a brain over there or not?  If so, they need to use it every now and then.




Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

How about comparing John Boehner to Benjamin Netanyahu?  Where's the outrage there?!?!?! F'in liberal media bias.


ilovemykids
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:26 pm
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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

ESPN is a joke with no journalistic integrity.  This was not enough to pull an opening segment.  He has his opinion and is entitled to it.  ESPN caved to the NFL when they didnt like the show about major league football that ESPN was portraying athletes doing drugs and it had high ratings.   Stand up for what you believe in.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

I wonder if ole' Hank Junior knows Hitler died four years before Bibi Netanyahu was born...



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

He made the wrong comparison for the Obamunist. Should have compared him to Stalin since he was a communist. 



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

What a terrible thing to say!  I think Hank owes Hitler an apology.


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