Hank Williams Jr. In Hot Water; MNF Anthem Pulled After Obama-Hitler Remarks

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Are you ready for some… wait, what?

Hank Williams Jr.’s classic Monday Night Football anthem was nowhere to be heard yesterday after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.

In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Co-host Brian Kilmeade told Williams he didn’t understand the analogy.

“Well, I’m glad you don’t, brother,” Williams responded. “Because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy.”

Asked to clarify who he meant by “the enemy,” Williams said, “Obama! Biden!”

Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”

Because of his comments, Williams’ iconic song was pulled last night’s Monday Night Football telecast.

The singer released a statement through his publicist, 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.”

ESPN did not say whether the intro, which made its debut in 1989, would be used again after this week’s Colts-Buccaneers game.

“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,” Williams’ statement continued. “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.”

Instead of Williams’ music video, viewers just saw clips of both teams and heard a voice-over about the matchup.

The song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” is a remixed version of his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight.” The version won Williams four Emmy Awards in the early 1990s as the opening theme to “Monday Night Football,” then on ABC.

Your thoughts on Williams’ comments? Should his Monday Night Football anthem ever be heard again? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • sayit meanit

    would of been more admirable if he told them to stick it, his father would have.

    • patsy wuos

      Seems like hes an empty shirt in a big beard, tough on the outside, apologetic marshmellow sap patsy on the inside.



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  • bullett

    Williams was right, no different then trying to mix oil & water.

  • michaelfury

    “They’re the enemy.”

    “They’re polar opposites.”

    Like many Americans, Hank is deceived into thinking there is any political “opposition” in power. There is only one party–the corporate party. Think of it like this, Hank: The Red team plays the Blue team for your entertainment. They talk trash. They play hard. And then the cameras go off and they slap each other on the rump and have a beer together. Get it?


    • Lisa Dorn

      That is such an asanine comment. Both parties are not the same and as far as “corporations” go , who do you think pays the dividends in all of those 401k’s and IRA’s? Really,people,it’s time to grow up. Hank Williams, Jr.s remarks were obviously fallacious, but there was more to Hitler than genocide. He also blamed his countrymen for their own defeat rather than his own inept leadership; and that does sound familiar as coming from the current administration. American’s got a little lazy in the past 20 years, does that ring a bell? Personally, I think a better analogy may have been Hitler and Chamberlain or Ribbentrop and various leading members of any free nation in the 1930’s. As far as corporations being to blame, if you don’t like the way they do business DO NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCTS, but stop rushing to government to solve your problems. Ultimately, we are the government. If we don’t like who’s in bed with who it’s up to us to say so. Whining about corporations is a major cop out and a lame response to a real problem. As far as I’m concerned it wasn’t like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, more like Hitler playing golf with Chamberlain. No one needs to compormise with this sell-out administration. It’s time to stand up to this garbage, not become part of it. William’s analogy stunk because it seems it was just something for him to say. If however, one studies how Hitler took over Germany and one studies the Fast and Furious gun running scheme and the EPA takeover of small business through regulation,the bailouts and move to centralized government,the voting fraud, thuggery and money laudering theft through companies like Solyndra, this administration certainly mirrors the early days of the Hitler regime without the murders. The deceit however, is obvious, the comparison in that regard is not unwarranted because nobody wants another Hitler or another Chamberlain. In Germany, when anyone stood up to Hitler they were called unpatriotic, in this country if any person or group stands up to the administration they’re called racists, bigots or corporate shills…do YOU get it !?!

    • Joe Schmo


  • Ron Reale

    He never compared obama to Hitler.
    obama hates Boehner and the conservatives, wants them destroyed as enemies.
    Hitler hated Jews, wanted them destroyed as enemies.
    He just was making an accurate analogy, not a comparison of obama to Hitler.
    I don’t expect any progressive liberal dem from a public school t have the intelligence to understand, or, if they somehow do, admit it.
    Ron Reale

    • ejones

      Yeah, that’s why President Obama keeps trying to work with Boehner and the rest of the obstructionists, because they’re such enemies of his.

      Here’s your sign.

    • Steve

      Well you can’t expect everyone in America to be as bright as good ol’ Hank. Now maybe you can explain how Obama and Biden are the three stooges when simpletons like myself count them as two.

      • V. P.

        Third one was Pelosi, but it’s now Reid…..OK?

        • Steve

          The point was that he only mentioned two and called them tree stooges. Ok, jackass

          • U A D I C K

            ‘Tree stooges’. Har.

            • Steve

              Got some egg on my face with that one


    Keep the politicis out of football. I want to enjoy the game.

  • Tom

    Nazism was founded out of elements of the far-right and racist German völkisch nationalist movement and the violent anti-communist Freikorps paramilitary culture that fought against the uprisings of communist revolutionaries in post-World War I Germany.[7] The ideology was developed by Anton Drexler as a means to draw workers away from communism and into völkisch nationalism.[8] Initially Nazi political strategy focused on anti-big business, anti-bourgeois, and anti-capitalist rhetoric, though such aspects were later downplayed in the 1930s to gain the support from industrial owners for the Nazis, focus was shifted to anti-Semitic and anti-Marxist themes.[9] Nazism presented itself as politically syncretic, incorporating policies, tactics and philosophies from right- and left-wing ideologies, though a majority of scholars identify it as a far right form of politics

  • Ashley Kruger

    This is ridiculous. People have said far worse about George Bush and gotten away with it. How can you call tea partiers terrorists- likening them to those that attacked us on 9/11 and no one says anything-but then Hank makes a comment that is just as ugly and he gets the backlash for it? It makes me sick. You’ve gotta be kidding me!

    • Tom

      Don’t think anything is worse than being compared to arguably the world’s most hated individual.

      • oneidafish

        Hhhm let’s count how many times George Bush was called Hitler…how many hours you got to waste?

      • Wall St. Protester

        Do you find this Hitler analogy offensive?

        “You can always ask the Wall St. guys to be less greedy……but then again, you’d probably have more luck asking Hitler to wear a yarmulke.”

      • Citizen

        Maybe he was saying the GOP guy was Hitler. Ever think of that?

  • Diana H.

    The last time I checked this country has the freedom of speech. Many men and women have died to protect that right. So what, Hank compared Obama to Hitler. Big deal. That is his opinion and we have to respect that opinion as such. It does not mean that we have to take the same opinion. As far as his apology. I would not apologize for stating my opinion. FREEDOM OF SPEECH PEOPLE!!!!! He can do that. Get over it and MOVE ON!!!!

    • Steve

      Here we go again with the silly first amendment comments. When are you people ever going to understand that the first amendment protects against government censorship. ESPN is not denying Hank or any other redneck their first amendment rights, they are simply choosing not to play his silly song, which is their right

      • tellico bob

        “i” before “e” except after “c” or when sounding like “a” as in neighbor or weigh. it’s spelled “thier”. just so you know, this is a redneck teaching you how to spell 3rd grade words.

        • ejones

          Guess it’s back to 3rd grade for you… it’s “their.”

          their |ðe(ə)r|
          possessive adjective
          1 belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified : her taunts had lost their power to touch him.

        • Steve

          I think you better get a dictionary, redneck. The word is their; the rule you state applies to a long e sound, If you finished third grade, you would know that.

    • jtorres

      Yes, he has freedom of speech and can say whatever he wants without fear of censorship or retribution from the government. Which is what he did. Monday Night Football can do whatever they please with their opening theme. Which is what they did.

    • Diane Nunez

      Right on my sister it seems so obsurd that the President suppresses freedom of speech. If you criticize the Administration you end up in deep water. I think Obama is more like Herbert Hoover than Hitler he lets our economy be decimated while all he seems to care about is getting re-elected. With the financial crisis ofthe seventies and mid eighties we graduated from colleges and did what we had to do to make ends meet. This generation must be looking for a bailout from Uncle Sam because they do not value a dollar let alone one hundred dollars

  • Marvin

    Goes to show who controls the media.

    • Brendan

      Dude, if you don’t like what this media says, go watch Fox! Stop whining about the liberal media as controlling things. Go play the victim somewhere else!

  • JE

    Williams has a right to his opinion but he went too far. ESPN did the right thing – letting him go. Thank you ESPN.

    • GH

      He wasn’t let go! They just didn’t play his song last night.

      • kenny grant

        thank god they pulled his music..i personally don’t need all that ..are you ready for some football….please go back to the traditional mnf jingle

        • Leo happy to be w

          They should play ungabunga music

  • Brendan

    Comparing either Obama or Boehner to Hitler is absurd. What’s funny, though, is his half-hearted, pathetic apology. If he had the “courage” to say this, why did he back off like such a little wimp?

    • Snipe Hunting

      He wasn’t so much comparing Obama or Boehner to Hitler, in so much as how screwy the pairing of the two of them together is.

      Obama is to Boehner
      Hitler is to Netanyahu

      Seeing the former together seems as unnatural as it would be of seeing the latter together in oh, say a game of golf.

      Personnally I think his analogy (or whatever such a comparison is called) stepped over the line of decency, but it is protected speech and the 800 lb gorilla all at once. I guess he must have an album coming out soon or a civility malfunction.

      Flipside, it’s high time someone gave political correctness the finger considering all of the crooks presently in office on both sides of the binary aisle.

      • Brendan

        I’m not buying his coverup. Obama has been compared to Hitler by many right wing folks and not for the basis of a comparison.
        This analogy explanation sounds like the work of a good Public Relations agent’s spin, especially since Williams made a point to proclaim Obama and Biden as the enemy. Where’s the analogical value in that proclamation?

        • Ron Reale

          obama called anyone who disagreed with him the “enemy” long ago! We’re just not allowed to use the same language. Who do we speak to to get a list of the words we are allowed to use, you? obama? Any other lying liberal?
          Ron Reale

    • Liddy Ginzo

      why? because in hollywood unless you own your own (mel gibson) you do not offend jewz or you are out of business.

    • Potdey

      Brendan= jerk

      • Brendan

        Potdey = fudge packer

    • SDC

      Hank is right. They are the enemy. Just look what they’ve done to the economy and how they cut corners to get their way. And as far as his remark he was only using a metaphor to describe how different the two are. He called no one any names. And what does his opinion have to do with his anthem. That should have went on as it always has. That was wrong of the network to cancel it.

  • cbro

    Why would any comments like these surprise you. As long as the President’s face remains black, you can expect racist views like the ones Williams made.

    • j. platrix

      Sorry to bust your bubble.

      Stanley Ann Dunham, the Obama momma, was white. That makes him white also.

      • ejones

        Your rationalization is laughable.

        He looks black, he self-identifies as black, his experience is that of a black man, and plenty of folks have no hesitation calling him a ni&&er, etc and portraying him as an African tribesman (check out Fox “News” boards sometimes).

        He has been a constant target of racist attacks from the “right.” The reality of his mixed ethnicity is of no consequence to those who attack him.

    • oneidafish

      Racist? huh?

      • j. platrix

        yup. anything that i don’t agree with = racist. it’s that simple.

    • SDC

      Race has nothing to do with hanks remarks. He was judging the president on his actions not his skin color. This kind of remark is why racism is such a big deal because so many people pull the racism card when it has nothing to do with the situation and has no place. That is just a cheap scape way of putting the blame on someone instead of trying to understand the truth to where they are coming from. The racism card needs to be shredded by everyone. Everyone is equal in this country and has freedom of speech to say what they want. Almost all the time it is the whites being blamed for racism and truth be told there is just as much racism going both ways. In my opinion the comment left by cbro above is racist to hank and the whites.

  • mary

    Williams was right about one thing: working class people are hurting; therefore, why is he not an Obama supporter? Obama is the only hope for the middle class; the Republicans certainly have made it clear that they represent the wealthy. Perhaps Williams has been out of the middle class too long!

  • thomas mc

    What an idiot. Even a moron knows that Nazism was/is a RIGHT wing movement. The “values” of the Tea Party and the American Nazi Party are identical.

    • j. platrix

      thomas mc said

      “What an idiot”

      He should know one when he sees one.

      His contention that the National Socialist German Worker’s Party was right-wing is ridiculous. Like the american “Progressive” movement, the Nazis beleived is eugenics and were often visited by eugenicists Charles Goethe and Margaret Sanger. Their theories inspired the Nazi sterilization program and later the holocaust.

      Hitler even designed the People’s Car (Volkswagen) and forced people to buy one whether thay wanted it or not. (Obamacare?)

      • ejones

        Ferdinand Porsche designed the Volkswagen. Only a few were actually delivered to customers prior to the start of the war and conversion of the factory to military production.
        No one was compelled to buy a Volkswagen.

        Eugenics was considered as a tool for social improvement by people throughout the political spectrum (Churchill, T.Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger) but is most closely associated with totalitarian regimes such as the Nazis on the “right” and Stalinists on the “left.”

        Despite the use of the word “socialist” in their name, no legitimate scholars consider Nazism a left-wing movement.

    • thompaine

      Mary you are absolutely INcorrect. Nazism or national SOCIALISM was a left wing movement as most facist movements are and have been. Moreover I challenge you to correlate any of the values of the TEA party to those of the Nazis,

      • thomspaine

        Oops sorry Mary. I was questioning Thomas.

      • David L

        Nazism was based economically on corporatism. Stalin to the left; Hitler to the right.

        • jjtex

          Actually thompaine is closer to the truth. Communism and totalitarianism are both government control of the economy. Which is what Obama is advocating thru his policies.
          And I think that Williams showed guts in saying what he thought and that MNF wimped out and buckled to “being politically correct”…. Unfortunately Williams backed down, sort of wimpish too.
          I am sick and tired of politically correct, because people who think more like me aren’t setting the rules, It is usually someone from a vastly different ideology who sets these sometimes crazy standards…and then it is only really enforced on their enemies

    • CT Native

      Since when does the Tea Party want to “round-up” Jews?

    • Ron Reale

      Yeah, that’s why the Nazi party was the “National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”
      Learn some history before sticking your foot in your mouth, (or dip your foot in gravy and enjoy your ignorance!).
      Ron Reale

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