October 6, 2011

First Amendment Can't Protect Hank Williams, Jr. From His Own Stupidity

It took a few days ... but ESPN finally figured out that their 20-year partnership with Hank Williams, Jr. couldn't survive the terrible comparisons that Williams made on national television between President Barack Obama and one of the most evil people in the history of the world, Adolph Hitler.
ESPN wrote, "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."
Williams saw it differently.
"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."
Methinks that Williams was simply a drunken redneck fool when he was interviewed on that Fox News show. He thought he was with friends and could talk in public about our president in the same way that he must talk in private. He quickly learned that he went too far with his comments that compared President Obama with Adolph Hitler. I rarely give Fox News credit ... but the anchors who were interviewing Williams were IMMEDIATELY abhorred by his 'Hitler' comments.

I'm glad that ESPN acted. Are you?


JD said...

While we are all being PC here, let's dig a little deeper. The 4 letter has a double standard when it comes for that reference.

The following was said by current ESPN employees;

“Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan.”

"Ya know, Hitler was a great leader too."

Neither of the individuals who spoke these words were fired. The question is, is Hitler off limits or Obama?

Here's a rule, unless you fought the Nazis or were a Nazi, don't talk about the Nazis

Just saying...

*.::My Love Is So Raw::.* said...


Villager said...

JD - I like your rule at the end! re: the two quotes you shared ... I wasn't aware of either quote (or the ESPN employee who uttered them on-air) so I can't comment. I guess it reaches another level when the comments are on national television and make it into the 24-hour news cycle the way that Hank Williams did.

I do recall that ESPN had a quick trigger when MNF announcer Rush Limbaugh strayed into the land of racially-tinged remarks.

My Love is So Raw - (smile)!