Country music superstar Hank Williams Jr. has gotten into hot water over his recent comment comparing the Barack Obama-John Boehner golf game to friendly game between Adolf Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu. Last night, ESPN pulled his introductory song from its football broadcast, a staple of the program for 20 years. The entertainer is not exactly backing down, but the website TMZ.com quotes Hank as saying:
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.
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.
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.
Good for Hank for pointing out the double standard. The day a Hollywood actress, stuffed-shirt academic, or NPR chatterer loses a job for demeaning the 90 percent of Americans who do not share their views, ESPN’s actions may seem a bit less asymmetrical.