Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is being removed from his regular spot on ESPN’s Monday Night Football after comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an interview with Fox & Friends.
In a rambling appearance via satellite on FOX News on Monday morning, Williams said that Speaker John Boehener made a “political mistake” by joining Obama on the links for friendly game, because their meeting was “like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu.” Visibly shocked, the FOX & Friends hosts quickly pushed Williams to clarify his statement.
“I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president,” co-anchor Gretchen Carlson said after the segment.
Williams Jr. has opened Monday Night Football with his “Are You Ready For Some Football?” song for years, but ESPN announced they were dropping him from tonight’s program within hours of his remarks. It’s unclear when — or if — he will return.
Yeah, even FOX's talking airheads were scrambling. And before the Winger defense of "brave patriot" Hank Williams, Jr. there kicks in, Digby reminds of us of what happened to the Dixie Chicks when they simply said they were "ashamed" President Bush was from Texas. The band was all but destroyed, they recieved constant death threats, their records were pulled by radio stations across America and there was an orchestrated right wing media effort to annihilate them that went all the way up to Senate hearings.
So no, I don't want to hear a damn thing about how Hank Williams, Jr. was assaulted by the "politically correct thought police."