Hank Williams Jr. Dropped From ‘Monday Night Football’ After Obama ‘Hitler’ Remark [VIDEO]
ESPN has yanked Hank Williams Jr.’s rousing ‘Monday Night Football’ theme after the country singer compared Pres. Barack Obama to Hitler on ‘Fox & Friends.’
While discussing House Speaker John Boehner’s recent golf outing with Obama, Williams compared the friendly game to, “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.” It’s safe to say that Hank and all of his rowdy friends will no longer be coming over tonight.
Williams’ 1984 hit ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight’ became the basis for his famous “Are you ready for some football?” opening theme for ‘Monday Night Football.’ The theme ran on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ throughout the ’80s before moving to ESPN in 2006.
UPDATE: Hank has since apologized and released not one, but TWO statements to say “my bad.”
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.
The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin [sic] and high fiven [sic] on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement.”
He adds, “I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist.
Check out Hank’s controversial comments, and some of his ‘Monday Night Football’ themes over the years, below.
Hank Williams Jr. Compares Obama to Hitler
2011 ‘Monday Night Football’ Theme
1989 ‘Monday Night Football’ Theme