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The 7 - Football - ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr from MNF after Obama/Hitler comment
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#1 Posted on 3.10.11 1908.42
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Hank Williams Jr was on "Fox and Friends" on FOXNews when he said:

"...of Obama's outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."

Asked to clarify, Williams said: "They're the enemy," adding that by "they" he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden."

to which ESPN responded with:

"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 said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

(edited by XPacArmy on 3.10.11 2009)
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#2 Posted on 3.10.11 1927.15
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The effects of falling off that mountain in 1975 finally caught up to him.
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#3 Posted on 4.10.11 0404.29
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Nobody really likes that song anyways, right?
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#4 Posted on 4.10.11 0713.31
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Nobody really likes that guy anyways, right?


Fixed that for you.

And, honestly people out there, can we just STOP with the Hitler comparisons already. :\
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#5 Posted on 4.10.11 0819.53
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Now if we only catch Faith Hill saying something similar.
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#6 Posted on 4.10.11 1023.49
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Now if we only catch Faith Hill saying something similar.


You will have to pry Faith Hill from my cold, dead TV.
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#7 Posted on 4.10.11 2127.59
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One of the local radio shows aired that interview in its entirety. When you have Fox News hosts reacting like you're from Mars, you KNOW you went too far.

It's a win for The Leader. This should save them a boatload of money in royalties.
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#8 Posted on 4.10.11 2217.19
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Boy it's ok when the Bill Moyers and others said on live TV they hoped President Bush was shot and killed, the double standard is a joke... What happened to free speech? I guess that is only for liberals!

http://resistance.ning.com/profiles/blogs/defend-hank-williams-jr-boycott-espn

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#9 Posted on 4.10.11 2241.57
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1. What was ESPN supposed to do about Bill Moyers?
2. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
He has the right to say what he want without going to jail for it, and ESPN has the right to "fire" him if they think his words will have a negative impact on their brand. HURRAY CAPITALISM!
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#10 Posted on 4.10.11 2259.42
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    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Boy it's ok when the Bill Moyers and others said on live TV they hoped President Bush was shot and killed


(citation needed)

Actually, don't bother, that has absolutely nothing to do with this entire episode. Mr. Boffo summed everything up quite nicely.
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#11 Posted on 4.10.11 2323.05
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
      Originally posted by CajunMan
      Boy it's ok when the Bill Moyers and others said on live TV they hoped President Bush was shot and killed


    (citation needed)

    Actually, don't bother, that has absolutely nothing to do with this entire episode. Mr. Boffo summed everything up quite nicely.


Ending the double standard was my point. Got a little fired up, Sorry.

By the way Boffo, Hank Williams was not fired from ESPN.


http://www.hankjr.com/home/196--a-statement-from-hank-williams-jr


http://www.hankjr.com/home/197-thanks-to-my-supporters


just for kicks


http://www.hankjr.com/home/200-hot-topics-was-hank-williams-inappropriate-whoppi-doesnt-think-so

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#12 Posted on 5.10.11 0001.38
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I know. That's why I put "fire" in quotes. They made it clear that he wasn't an employee to begin with. But I figure them not playing his song is going to cost him money, so it's similar to a firing.
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#13 Posted on 5.10.11 0012.15
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
      Originally posted by CajunMan
      Boy it's ok when the Bill Moyers and others said on live TV they hoped President Bush was shot and killed


    (citation needed)

    Actually, don't bother, that has absolutely nothing to do with this entire episode. Mr. Boffo summed everything up quite nicely.


For the record, a Google on "'Bill Moyers' Bush shot" and "'Bill Moyers' Bush killed" turns up nothing like that, not even from far-right sites.
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#14 Posted on 5.10.11 0150.37
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
      Originally posted by drjayphd
        Originally posted by CajunMan
        Boy it's ok when the Bill Moyers and others said on live TV they hoped President Bush was shot and killed


      (citation needed)

      Actually, don't bother, that has absolutely nothing to do with this entire episode. Mr. Boffo summed everything up quite nicely.


    For the record, a Google on "'Bill Moyers' Bush shot" and "'Bill Moyers' Bush killed" turns up nothing like that, not even from far-right sites.


I also wish I'd read the rest of the thread before trying to Google up something remotely like Moyers saying that.

OTOH, Hank Jr. had a semi-hit with a song he wrote called "If the South Woulda Won, We'd a Had it Made", so I wasn't all that surprised to hear this coming out of his mouth. Or the non-apology apology Which did Not come from a Publicist.
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#15 Posted on 5.10.11 0812.56
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Freedom of speech is not a guarantee of an audience.

Another angle on the Hank controversy was made by 'The Daily Show' Monday: Just an hour before the Hank interview, the Fox & Friends hostess complained about Rosanne and celebrities solicited for political commentary.
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#16 Posted on 5.10.11 0854.14
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Freedom of speech is not a guarantee of an audience.

    Another angle on the Hank controversy was made by 'The Daily Show' Monday: Just an hour before the Hank interview, the Fox & Friends hostess complained about Rosanne and celebrities solicited for political commentary.


The double irony is Fox & Friends are celebrities not journalist. The world didn't end without the song, plus who the hell is really watching it for the song anyway or let alone a Colts/Bucs game without Manning?
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#17 Posted on 5.10.11 1334.38
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Hitler and Netanyahu playing golf...on the Wii. Thanks, Colbert Report!

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#18 Posted on 5.10.11 1346.35
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I already like Colbert's rendition on the MNF theme. Someone should hire him.
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#19 Posted on 5.10.11 1504.27
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Hank apologizes via Facebook (via the Baltimore Sun (baltimoresun.com)

"I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me. The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist."

Right. He was angered by "leaders of both parties." Of course.
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#20 Posted on 5.10.11 1506.18
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I'm more offended by his capitalization.
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