Yesterday on Fox & Friends (they have friends?), country music faux patriot Hank Williams Jr.—the acclaimed author of the Monday Night Football theme—was valiantly trying to say something smart about the current GOP race... aaaaaand the best he could do was to compare Obama to Hitler. (Watch all of this if you can, because it's hilarious/scary/scalarious, but the pertinent stuff starts at the 1:25 mark.)
OUCH. Hope they brought a mop to wipe up the drool. For those who don't speak "redneck," Williams was complaining about the golf game between Obama and Boehner, saying it was tantamount to "Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu." Anyway, Hank's bizarre comments about the president didn't go over so well with his bosses over at ESPN/ Monday Night Football, and his theme song was dropped for Monday's game. ESPN had this to say:
"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."
Now, according to TMZ, Hank is issuing a half-assed apology for his statement:
Williams Jr. says, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was."
He continues, "They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”
Williams Jr. adds, "Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists — but there’s never a backlash — no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting — and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job — it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
For the record, Hank Williams Jr. only cares about the "working class" because they are the people he exploits. Also for the record, "We know exactly what you meant, so fuck you, Hank Williams Jr, you blithering hayseed hillbilly."