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Hank’s apology comes off as perfunctory, forced


On Tuesday, Hank Williams, Jr. apologized for his comments about President Obama.  The apology was posted on the Bocephus blog, one entry after Hank expressed a little defiance in response to the reaction to his suggestion that Obama golfing with House Speaker John Boehner was akin to Hitler golfing with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Now there’s a new entry on Hank’s website, with this title:  “Was Hank Williams Inappropriate?  Whoopi Doesn’t Think So.”  And then pasted under the video of the discussion was this sentence:  “The ladies of The View discuss the statement Hank Williams made comparing the President Obama to Hitler.”

So much for any argument that Hank wasn’t actually comparing Obama to Hitler.

(Of course, Hank’s website makes no reference to his own son’s comments on the matter.  Hank III told TMZ that musicians are “not worthy” to engage in political discourse.)

Setting aside the political aspect of this situation (which may be difficult to do but we’ll do it anyway), the placement of an apology between two messages that suggest Hank isn’t really sorry makes the apology seem perfunctory and disingenuous.  At a time when ESPN is still figuring out what to do about Hank and his trademark launch to Monday Night Football, Hank is doing himself no favors with the mixed signals he’s sending.

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109 Responses to “Hank’s apology comes off as perfunctory, forced”
  1. paulnoga says: Oct 5, 2011 7:59 AM

    Another black eye for the NFL. Another “entertainer” that feels his divinity. Get rid of him.

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 5, 2011 7:59 AM

    1) I like how he ended his apology by stating that a publicist didn’t write it….thanks Hank. We kind of figured that out. It sounded like it was written by someone who fell hundreds of feet and landed on their head.


    2) Would anyone even notice if they just pulled some hillbilly off a dirt road somewhere, threw a scraggly Party City Halloween beard and dark glasses on him, and pushed him out on the stage? I know I wouldn’t.

  3. bwisnasky says: Oct 5, 2011 8:02 AM

    Does anybody seriously care about a knock off of a 40 year old song? I mean, what’s the big deal with the “Are you ready for blah blah blah”? I mean, Bocephus was great in the late 70’s, early 80’s… but has been a non factor in music as well as anything significant since then… His father.. greatest U.S. songwriter ever… his son, infinitely more talented than his father… I don’t buy into the Obama/Hitler comparison… And I do not have the same political views as Williams.. but frankly, his MNF intro has been played out for YEARS…. All good things must come to an end… and some pretty good things must come to an end… and some not as good as originally thought things must come to an end. Just let it die already.

  4. petedutcher says: Oct 5, 2011 8:03 AM

    I watched the interview when it aired.

    I found it extremely bad as an interview…he is a horrible guest.

    I like Obama myself, but I didn’t find his statements any worse than the Republican Party comments on a daily basis. What is he had said it was like Satan playing golf with Jesus?

    Although I didn’t care for what he said all that much, and he came off as very ignorant in the interview, I think PFT and everyone else is blowing this way out of proportion.

    Political Correctness is WAY OUT OF CONTROL these days. People need to grow some backbones.

    You might say watching him was like watching a redneck being interviewed by Einstein.

  5. petedutcher says: Oct 5, 2011 8:05 AM

    Uh oh…I guess I offended the nerds with that one!

  6. serr8d says: Oct 5, 2011 8:07 AM

    Hank Williams Jr. did NOT compare BHO to Hitler. What he did was use an analogous event to compare situations, not people.

    The only people expressing butt-hurt about this are Leftists who, in their own minds, conflate Obama with Hitler, have guilt about it, and so immediately turn the screech to eleven.

    Get over yourselves. This guy in the White House is a SCOAMF. Google that.

  7. 97champ says: Oct 5, 2011 8:08 AM

    the NFL should get rid of ALL this non-football entertainment. If I want to watch or listen to crappy music I’ll listen to my kid’s iPod. Stick to football.

  8. txxxchief says: Oct 5, 2011 8:08 AM

    Why so hypersensitive about the Hitler comment here on PFT? I don’t believe that Hank Jr. was in any way trying to diminish atrocities of Hitler and the Nazis with his comments. On the other hand, liberal entertainers and politicians personally label those who differ with them as “Nazis” routinely with absolutely no repercussions. If there’s going to be outrage, it should go both ways.

  9. theytukrjobs says: Oct 5, 2011 8:09 AM

    I want to live in a country where holding certain points of view can bring you public embarrassment, termination from your job, and even jail time. Hank doesn’t care for Obama and he used the ol’ Hitler reference, which is really just a more modern version of the devil reference.

    He should have to appologize publicy, but never be forgiven or allowed to work in the entertainment industry. Citizens need to understand that free expressions are only tolerated if they fall within definitions outlined by society/government/God/Al Sharpton/etc.

    All this “disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it” BS has got to come to an end or we will never become more like China.

  10. broncfolife says: Oct 5, 2011 8:17 AM

    Cut him loose ESPN. Only an idiot would say that. Do think ratings will actually drop because of the intro? No way. Time to move on. Nice choice with Pantera’s Walk during intro’s.
    Need to play that for Hank…WALK on home boy.

  11. exboomer says: Oct 5, 2011 8:17 AM

    Spoken like a truely clueless leftist Commie Liberal.

  12. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Oct 5, 2011 8:18 AM

    It was perfunctory, forced. Because it’s not really necessary. It was an analogy. If I say a fish on land is like an elephant in the water am I saying a fish is anything like an elephant? No.

    And I’m not going to apologize if you think I am. I don’t care how much you love fish and hate elephants.

  13. renaissanceman6 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:19 AM

    Just get some new blood for MNF.

  14. scudbot says: Oct 5, 2011 8:20 AM

    Cackle cackle. Cackle cackle cackle.

    I’m ready for some football. Since there aren’t any games today, reading some clever analysis or insights would be fine.

  15. KeepitReal says: Oct 5, 2011 8:21 AM

    Yeah you tell em Hank! Obama was responsible for the near collapse of the auto, real estate, bank, financial services industry and stock market which without government intervention would led to their bankruptcy and have caused a depression in this country and the world. This president was also responsible for the invasion of Iraq looking for non existent WMD. I can see why you’re not a fan, Hank! lol

    If he thinks Obama and the Democrats are the enemy, I guess he must believe that Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda are his friends. “shrugs”

  16. richm2256 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:23 AM

    Can we please talk about something relevent to football?

    Biggest non-issue of the season here.

  17. scudbot says: Oct 5, 2011 8:26 AM

    Hank Jr looks a lot slimmer than Rob Ryan.

  18. smackingfools says: Oct 5, 2011 8:27 AM

    If only he was a rapper/black then nobody would care. Kanye got a pass but Hank Jr and the Dixie Chicks get blackballed. Sounds like Michael Vick, leaves with a bruise on his non throwing hand and nobody cares. Let Romo do it and see what’s happens.

  19. blackdb says: Oct 5, 2011 8:28 AM

    If you are going to comment on anything today you are going to offend someone. We have left freedom of speech in our rear view mirror as celebs are constantly having to issue an apology to keep their advertising jobs and agents happy. Do you really believe any of them mean it? If they meant it they never would have said it.

  20. 4t9er says: Oct 5, 2011 8:29 AM

    It’s time for something new. The song is old and tired, give the opportunity to a new artist to make something new and exciting.

  21. steeelfann says: Oct 5, 2011 8:29 AM

    Whine, whine, whine, PC Police out in full force. Nobody can say anything any more that OFFENDS someone, some place at some time. Actually, if you look at what the president and his commie czars have done in terms of spending over 20% more ever than any admin in power, one could say it is a calculated plan to destroy US. You might be wrong, you might be right. Still, you should be allowed to state it and not be yanked from a show. It is not a crazy comment. In Williams’ situation, he used an exaggeration to make a pt, and the whacko media run with it. But they attack Palin, Perry, Herman Cain, and anyone else who is deemed a “threat”. Why does anyone listen to mainstream media? Oops, sorry Mike, I forgot…………..never mind.

  22. thrasherm316 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:30 AM

    An entertainer who happens to sing before a football game made a bad analogy on ‘Faux and Friends’. Big deal. Can we, as a nation, move past this?

  23. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 5, 2011 8:31 AM

    exboomer says: Oct 5, 2011 8:17 AM

    Spoken like a truely clueless leftist Commie Liberal.


    Who talks that way? Even the clowns at of the Murdoch Propaganda Channel don’t use such hackneyed expressions.

    Also–hard to take you seriously when you can’t even spell truly. Dolt!

  24. jpb12 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:33 AM

    Hank Williams is a musician?

  25. dylanmusicfane says: Oct 5, 2011 8:37 AM

    get rid of Hank Jr and get Hank III

  26. sojumaster says: Oct 5, 2011 8:40 AM

    Political Corrections run amuck. I know it is ESPN’s call to pull him for any reason that they sit fir, but now it seems that every time ANY star speaks their mind on something, there seems to be a firing.

  27. CKL says: Oct 5, 2011 8:43 AM

    What if he apologizes for the apology????
    THEN WHAT?????

    Yeah it’s probably BS, as are most apologies when you actually mean what you say or do but the PC nation/United States of the Offended swoops in and public pressure or need for a job etc. takes precedence. Color me shocked.

  28. duanethomas says: Oct 5, 2011 8:43 AM

    He only apologized to save face with his sponsors. He is not relevant or good and has rode his fathers coattails all his life. Very average who has been below average the last 30 years.

  29. buttercheck says: Oct 5, 2011 8:43 AM

    Three analogies that Hank Jr. rejected:
    #1 A hard working shop owner and a N!@@*&
    #2 The Emperor from Star Wars and Yoda
    #3 Mitt Romney and Joe Leiberman.

  30. aaronp2098 says: Oct 5, 2011 8:45 AM

    petedutcher says: Oct 5, 2011 8:03 AM
    You might say watching him was like watching a redneck being interviewed by Einstein.

    –Nah he was being interviewed on FOX news…so it was like watching a redneck being interviewed by a jackass….

  31. shecklesmckenzie says: Oct 5, 2011 8:45 AM

    This is blown out of proportion. This is just ESPN being politically correct. Nothing more and nothing less.

    I can promise you that Hank Jr. does not give a rat’s a$$ about any of this.

  32. JackLeone says: Oct 5, 2011 8:45 AM

    Do we really need an “intro” to prime time games? It doesn’t add or subtract anything to/from the game. Monday night’s flowed smoother w/o it. Now if we can get Faith Hill to say something inappropriate & disrespectful, we’ll be on the right track.

  33. charpete says: Oct 5, 2011 8:51 AM

    now will Madonna apologize for portraying McCain as Hitler at a concert in 2008 before the NFL will allow her to perform at the Super Bowl halftime…somehow, I doubt it.

    “Madge is reportedly in talks to headline the 2012 halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, which would mark her debut on the massively watched pro football telecast — that according to a sports blog citing a source “close to the event.” …”

    “Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet Tour in the U.K. Saturday, and stirred up a beehive of controversy by comparing Republican presidential nominee John McCain to Adolf Hitler in a video montage during the show.

    During the song “Get Stupid,” Madonna flashed images of McCain alongside photos of Hitler and brutal Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as well as images of destruction and global warming, according to British paper The Times.”

  34. awdlmd says: Oct 5, 2011 8:55 AM

    What an a## this guy is. Country singers and their fans are beneath contempt.

  35. pastabelly says: Oct 5, 2011 8:56 AM

    The right wing nuts on Fox are no longer defending him. The only ones defending him now are the ULTRA right wing nuts on Fox.

    Hank is just an idiot. It’s appropriate for the President to have discussions with the Speaker of the House. Reagan and Tip O’Neill did it regularly. Comparing that to Hitler and Netanyahu is a ridiculous analogy. I’m not going to suggest that Williams be fired being stupid. I would suggest that ESPN fire him if it makes business sense to do so. ESPN doesn’t need or want bad publicity for employing someone who adds next to nothing to its production. This has nothing to do with political correctness. Hank, just shut and let people think you are stupid rather than open it and let everyone know that you are a total moron.

  36. east96st says: Oct 5, 2011 9:01 AM

    I have not commented on this story until now because I could sense it would be thrown in our faces time and time again. To all those who want to discuss football, the THREE most commented stories on this website have been about this. The first post came close to 400 comments. IF we EVER want to see football posts again, for the love of God and football, please do NOT comment on this story any longer. Every comment is a guarantee that more posts on this topic will follow. I will not comment on this subject again and I beg you to do the same.

  37. j0esixpack says: Oct 5, 2011 9:02 AM

    Unless Hank Williams Jr. is asserting Obama is responsible for the genocide of 6 million people in an effort to make assert the supremacy of the Aryan Race, then the comparison is both wrong and inappropriate.

    Do we need to explain to Hank why it’s unlikely the nation’s first black President would want to create an Aryan SuperRace?

    Apparently we do – because he’s clearly that stupid.

  38. shawon0meter says: Oct 5, 2011 9:04 AM

    Hank Williams Jr isn’t relevant enough for all this attention. Come on, internetz

  39. j0esixpack says: Oct 5, 2011 9:04 AM

    Oh – and by the way, I’m a conservative and no fan of Obama.

    I just grow tired of the stupid people who THINK they’re conservatives because they’re racist or anti-gay making the rest of us look bad.

  40. scudbot says: Oct 5, 2011 9:07 AM

    The one thing this nation needs desperately in these difficult days is a great intro song for MNF to prepare us for Jaws virtually humping players in the booth and sideline reports after the half.

  41. 6ringsteelers says: Oct 5, 2011 9:10 AM

    It’s time for the NFL to cut ties with this redneck hillbilly boy and let him start singing an opening theme to NASCAR

  42. rdrs68 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:10 AM

    Don’t yall know he is Hank Williams jr., Bitch!

    MNF has too much brand equity to tolerate behavior that tarnishes it’s reputation in any way. Time to kick him back to the trailer park or Faux News.

  43. bealeman says: Oct 5, 2011 9:12 AM

    The networks are owned by Obama (Democrat) supporters. You’ll never get a fair shake from them. If people don’t like the Obama/Hitler comparison, they should read a ‘real’ history book. This administration is carrying on Bush’s and Clinton’s history lessons. Enslave your people thru government handouts, start wars in country after country, and have your ‘media’ destroy anyone who objects. ‘Nuff said.

  44. jahbird says: Oct 5, 2011 9:17 AM

    LOL, none of this has anything to do with “political correctness” and “free speech.”

    It’s ESPN deciding that their spokesman for MNF made a statement that does not reflect their views and acting accordingly.

    For all the people banging the freedom of speech drum, how many of you could walk into your company’s all-hands meeting and scream “Obama is Hitler!” and expect to keep your jobs?

    Or better yet, how many of you could do that in a public venue, where your competitors and potential customers could witness it, and expect to keep you jobs?

    None of you, that’s how many.

    I find it ironic that the majority of people who support this man’s actions and statements don’t have the balls to say what they’re really thinking which is “how did a black man get in office?”

  45. yzguy431 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:17 AM

    who cares.

  46. tv426 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:18 AM

    Does anyone read what is actually said anymore? He didn’t compare Obama to Hitler, he used a metaphor to express the division between Obama and someone else. That is all.

    Although I’ve never liked this dude’s music, it concerns me when people in the media mis-interpret something that was stated and imply that something ELSE was stated. That is just bad reporting and we should be more concerned about THAT as it purposely leads to division.

    On top of that, we have an issue whereby the rights of FREE SPEECH are continually trodden upon by the PC crowd – anything “they” disagree with is off limits but “they” can say anything they want while citing the right of “free speech”. That is hypocritical.

  47. luckyarmpit says: Oct 5, 2011 9:19 AM

    Why does anyone care about what a washed-up has-been wannabe singer thinks about the president? I understand and respect that fact that he’s entitled to his opinion, and one of the things that makes this country great is that you are free to express your opinions about the president if you so choose. However, he’s a singer and/or entertainer. Keep your political opinions to yourself, thank you. Just like the Dixie Chicks from a few years ago, and the Plaid Avenger (Eddie Vedder) in the 90’s… people go to concerts to see you perform, not hear your political opinions.

    Shut up, Hank.

  48. go9ers says: Oct 5, 2011 9:22 AM

    What is it about network execs which makes them think that country songs are appropriate as intros to football games? This isn’t NASCAR or WWE. Football fans have more than half a brain. Cut the country crap and try some music instead!

  49. NFLJunkie says: Oct 5, 2011 9:23 AM

    Hank Williams Jr. did NOT compare BHO to Hitler. What he did was use an analogous event to compare situations, not people.

    The only people expressing butt-hurt about this are Leftists who, in their own minds, conflate Obama with Hitler, have guilt about it, and so immediately turn the screech to eleven.

    I guess there must have been a lot of butt-hurt right wingers when a Dixie Chick said she was ashamed Bush was from Texas, then? And Clear Channel and Cumulus banned them from being played on their stations — which is basically all major commercial stations?

    Let me know when Hank Jr. also starts having sponsored CD burnings/destruction parties and when the death threats and such start pouring in. Then we can talk about screech levels.

    Although it would be funny to imagine it was actually people who secretly agreed with Natalie Maines that also called for her to be strapped to a cruise missile or whatever that nonsense was.

  50. sbh1cats says: Oct 5, 2011 9:33 AM

    we all have to realize that we do have freedom of speech, but there may be repercussions from that…he used an analogy to represent what he was saying…he did not call anyone names, he simply said polar opposites were playing golf…that’s all…we live in the united states of the offended…no one promised that you would never be offended…not in the constitution…you remember that document even if most of the country’s leaders and judges do not…

  51. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 9:38 AM

    So much for “We say grace and we say ma’am, if you aint into that we don’t give a damn” If you really don’t give a damn what people think, why the hell do you apologize for speaking your mind?…

  52. hatesycophants says: Oct 5, 2011 9:39 AM

    How did it take this long for folks to discover that Ol’ Hank is a bigot? If Disney had done a bit of research on his concerts and past public statements, they would have discovered that epithets based on ethnicity are a staple of his and those who support him. I had to let go of any appreciation I once had for his music. Same with Nugent. Racialism is a disease.

  53. 1captain1 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:41 AM

    Cocaine is a helluva drug.

  54. arkadyrenko says: Oct 5, 2011 9:44 AM

    The MNF intro is way overdue for an update. This gives ESPN an opportunity to put together a new one. Here’s hoping they take it, and stay away from whatever entertainer is hot this week; do something good instead.

  55. 1historian says: Oct 5, 2011 9:45 AM

    People like him get paid for shooting their mouths off and saying stupid stuff and every now and then they say something REALLY stupid.

  56. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:46 AM

    Hank is entitled to his opinions, whatever they may be. I’m hoping they remove he so we never are subjected to that awful intro song again.

    Please ESPN, bring back the classic 1970s-1980s intro. Maybe you can dig up that fossil Frank Gifford to do the voiceover?

  57. mikewhorio says: Oct 5, 2011 9:48 AM

    This whole situation is a great example of what’s wrong with this country.

  58. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 5, 2011 9:50 AM

    sojumaster says: Oct 5, 2011 8:40 AM
    Political Corrections run amuck. I know it is ESPN’s call to pull him for any reason that they sit fir, but now it seems that every time ANY star speaks their mind on something, there seems to be a firing.

    Example? Specifics?

  59. marty2019 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:15 AM

    ESPN owns the channel, thus they own the free speech rights on that channel. If they want to fire someone for offending half of their customers, they have the perfect right to do so under the United States Constitution. It has nothing to do with “political correctness” or hampering Hank Jr’s free speech rights. Hank Jr does not have free speech rights when he is on ESPN. ESPN owns the free speech rights in this case, not Hank Jr.

    Geez, some of my fellow conservatives are real morons.

  60. lionhunter909 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:17 AM

    Of course it comes off as forced. If you saw the original
    interview you can see what a complete jerk this guy is. I don’t care if he is conservative or liberal, he is a
    complete a-hole, and that was clearly on display in
    the interview(with F and F). Jerks come in all
    political persuasions.

  61. souldogdave says: Oct 5, 2011 10:19 AM

    It’s always disconcerting when entertainers use their popularity to espouse political opinion.Williams is trying to take the foot out of his mouth.His son shows way more cool.

  62. westmantooth says: Oct 5, 2011 10:22 AM

    The song sucks anyway. Great opportunity to get rid of it.

  63. souldogdave says: Oct 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    Sometimes talent skips a generation.

  64. snnyjcbs says: Oct 5, 2011 10:40 AM

    All Hank did was apologize “if he offended anyone”, we all know what Hank thinks of Obama, hell by the Polls they come in bunches.

    Hank is mellowing in his old age, years ago he would tell you all to go kiss his ? Hey Mike, you have a thing for old Hank or what? The whole thing really upset you.

  65. brainsmasher says: Oct 5, 2011 10:41 AM

    A lot of white people hold these views as evidenced by the comments posted here. He has the right to express his views and I am not offended in the least. I like knowing who might be tempted to put on a sheet and burn a cross in my yard. Thanks for the heads up, Hank.

  66. logan1980 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:50 AM

    Screw Obamacan’t and screw ESPN.

  67. deighton95 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:53 AM

    Actually, what would have been very refreshing is if Hank just came out and said,” I owe no one an apology for my thoughts on a topic.” There are always consequences, i.e. ESPN could release me, however I think that being your own person is far more important than what the whims of what “THEY” think are.

    Get a backbone.

  68. 5f6a says: Oct 5, 2011 10:57 AM

    How many of you Hank defenders burned Dixie Chicks records in 2003?

  69. logan1980 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    Thank the Almighty that the left wing football derps in this blog are not running the country. We already have one clueless socialist destroying it year after year.

  70. darthbaiter says: Oct 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    Hank reminds me of this movie.

    “The wild wonderful whites of west virginia”

  71. mrplow3 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:06 AM

    What the hell does “perfunctory” mean?

    And how many more of these articles do we have to suffer through?

  72. klunge says: Oct 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    The only thing worse than how far out of context Hank’s comments were taken is how much attention this whole irrelevant story is getting.

    What difference does it make whether he said something offensive when there’s no reason to care about anything he says at all?

  73. mikgaes says: Oct 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    His nickname should be Bocetard.

  74. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:14 AM

    NBC should follow ESPN’s lead and dump that skank who does the intro to Sunday Night Football…she can’t sing and she has no body…why would anyone want to see that!

  75. polishrod says: Oct 5, 2011 11:21 AM

    Perunctory and forced…. sounds like a PFT article

  76. buttercheck says: Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    Is it possible Boehner was Hitler and Obama was Netenyahoo?

  77. JSpicoli says: Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    You can obsess as much as you want over the comments. Comparing Zero to Hitler does not make you a racist. Overreacting just might.

    Who cares anyway? This “President” is a loser and worthless, and about done with his “work” here. Enjoy the public speaking career Zero!.

  78. JSpicoli says: Oct 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Herman Cain is the man.

  79. pigskinswag says: Oct 5, 2011 11:28 AM

    Don Imus thought his apology was genunine and heartfelt.

  80. prof52 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:37 AM

    Hank’s comments were not a big deal except for the liberal PC police.
    I agree that entertainers should do just their expertise with no politicks. A good example would be the Dixie Chicks. They were finished after their anti Bush tirade.
    I believe liberals are intolerant of any opposing point of view.

  81. madmike66 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:44 AM

    Now if we can just get the Fox football Robot to compare Mitt Romney to Joseph Stalin, we can get them to can that tired old shtick and all will be right in the world.

  82. cantbelieveitsreal says: Oct 5, 2011 11:46 AM

    To all you freedom of speech folks

    Was hank arrested for what he said NO!!!

    that is the extent of freedom of speech the government can’t arrest you for saying what is on your mind.

    Thers an old expression that fits this YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID

  83. philyeagles5 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:53 AM

    “Hank III told TMZ that musicians are “not worthy” to engage in political discourse.”


  84. logan1980 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:08 PM

    JSpicoli says:Oct 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Herman Cain is the man.

    ** Another clown already playing the race card. Clueless like the left wing derps in this blog.

  85. nineroutsider says: Oct 5, 2011 12:11 PM

    Does this guy offer his political viewpoints on MNF? As long as he isn’t talking, and who would even care to hear his political views, he should be back. The song should burn out on its own and not because of this garbage.

    I could really care less about celebrities’ political viewpoints…liberal or conservative…and calling Williams rant a “conservative rant” does a disservice to all of the intelligent conservatives out there.

  86. mac3333 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:16 PM

    Just fire the SOB .

    This guy has zero relevancy. If MNF MUST have an intro song then hire someone under 60 to write it.

    “Bocephus” is about as culturally relevant in 2011 as the “Where’s the Beef” Lady ….

  87. drunkenagitator says: Oct 5, 2011 12:19 PM

    Hank is apparently too dumb to understand that his lucrative, high-profile MNF gig butters his bread. Mentioning Hitler in any kind of context is going to get the attention of TV network brass, negative attention, that is. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing but, like in real life, it doesn’t give you free rein to run off at the mouth without consequences. I don’t give a rat’s patootie about some country singer’s political beliefs and neither do most people, but apparently his bosses do.

  88. hatesycophants says: Oct 5, 2011 12:22 PM


    Where were you during the eight years that your guy was making the mess you expected this guy to clean up in 3 years?

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  89. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 12:28 PM

    serr8d says:

    Hank Williams Jr. did NOT compare BHO to Hitler. What he did was use an analogous event to compare situations, not people.
    Williams acknowledged using the analogy to equate the President of the United States with Adolph Hitler. Your theory that “leftists” (read: people who disagree with you politically) secretly equate the President with someone who “exterminated” six million civilians but feel guilty about it so they raise a ruckus is probably the stupidest comment yet posted on this subject. Congratulations. Yes, I’ll be sure to Google some nut’s hateful acronyms about the President … right after I pluck out my eyes with the salad tongs 🙄

    Great name, by the way. Say hello to the other boys on your cell block.

  90. kane337 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:31 PM

    You posted a link to “the View”????? Really? Really? They make just a many valid talking points as some 6 year old kid.

  91. devrocks247 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:32 PM

    Somebody get Faith Hill to say something stupid so we can have a few weeks of relief from her horrible Joan Jett knockoff on Sunday nights.

  92. comebackid says: Oct 5, 2011 12:37 PM

    Faith Hill is a lot more fun to watch.

  93. jm1122 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:39 PM

    …anyone who took the time to watch the video of him on fox news now clearly knows that there is no better representation of an ignorant american redneck than hank williams jr…but i’m sure his “supporters” will soon find him at nascar events once again babbling on about how great life would be if only the south had won!
    …and it’s clear from many of these comments that a large number of pft posters unfortunately self identify with the term “ignorant american redneck”…mocking people like hank williams jr strikes too close to home for some of you and really hits a nerve…

  94. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 12:43 PM

    Hank Jr. been known throughout his career as a half-crazy wild man stomping across the stage swigging from a bottle of Jack. The idea of Bocephus in public office makes Jesse Ventura seem like John Adams.

    His comments were offensive–which isn’t surprising. But by yanking him Monday night, ESPN gave him credibility. Now he’s leading newscasts, pulling hundreds of responses on PFT, and getting Whoopie’s attention on The View. If they’d ignored him, his wackadoodle ramblings about Netanyahu the Speaker playing golf with Adolph the President would be long forgotten … as they deserve to be.

  95. mclovin07 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:48 PM

    Who cares??? Obama probably didn’t even hear about since he was on his 123rd day of vacation since taking office…

  96. boxrockage says: Oct 5, 2011 12:49 PM

    This is about as interesting as a turtle race.

  97. bloggernicky says: Oct 5, 2011 12:51 PM

    jahbird says:
    Oct 5, 2011 9:17 AM
    I find it ironic that the majority of people who support this man’s actions and statements don’t have the balls to say what they’re really thinking which is “how did a black man get in office?”


    brainsmasher says:
    Oct 5, 2011 10:41 AM
    A lot of white people hold these views as evidenced by the comments posted here. He has the right to express his views and I am not offended in the least. I like knowing who might be tempted to put on a sheet and burn a cross in my yard. Thanks for the heads up, Hank.


    Nice of ‘jahbird’ and ‘brainsmasher’ to speak out loud what so may seem to think… that you can’t possibly be against this president without a racist motive.

    What a weak “leader” that has to hide behind ‘racism’ to attempt to dodge all criticism.

  98. hedleykow says: Oct 5, 2011 12:59 PM

    Give the guy a break, he was on FoxNews and just said what he thought the fox newsers wanted to hear. You know, like when a pig in a pig pen “Oinks”.

  99. granadafan says: Oct 5, 2011 1:01 PM

    “exboomer says:
    Oct 5, 2011 8:17 AM
    Spoken like a truely clueless leftist Commie Liberal.

    49 83 i Rate This”

    As opposed to the ignorant and uneducated comments by the far right extremist, Fox “News” worshipping, religious fundamentalist, bigoted teabaggers?

  100. cobrala2 says: Oct 5, 2011 1:03 PM

    Interesting. This headline comes across as trifling and irrelevant.

    Now, back to football, please.

  101. sportingzoo says: Oct 5, 2011 1:10 PM

    He has been making stupid comments like that about Obama in public since he was on “tour” with McCain and Palin.

    I’d hate to hear what he says behind closed doors.

  102. rosco666 says: Oct 5, 2011 1:13 PM

    Outdated ‘hick’ image, brain locked in neutral, unable to express himself in a way that he himself understands, lacking an ethical compass, mentality of a fourth grader raised by rednecks………………. in a word, Hank is simply………..IRRELEVANT. Just live, act, speak, look that way and that’s who you become!
    And who can blame anybody from distancing themselves from a “yesterday’s simpleton” like him.

  103. waxedagain says: Oct 5, 2011 1:20 PM

    Well, at least he apologized. When the media screws up, they just call it a ‘rumor’.

  104. blackdonnelly says: Oct 5, 2011 1:37 PM

    First of all, I sense that anyone who doesn’t appreciate the visual that Faith Hill presents obviously must “play for the other team” – I see nothing wrong with her, although I will agree her SNF opener is kinda lame.

    Secondly, jah it is apparent the droolers and ‘necks are out in force defending the hell out of poor ol’ Hank, most noticeable by the lack of spelling and sentence structure. You folks really need to see the video, then try to defend him. Good luck with all that. I mean, you can look up “perfunctory” via any online dictionary.

    Last of all: it never was a matter of free speech. It is whatever ESPN wants to do with this tired, drunken ‘neck sot. That alone is not covered under the 1st Amendment and never should be. You can say what you want, but be prepared to pay the price when it all comes down.

    Lots of good posts in here today, and a LOT of bad ones. Like Faux News says: you decide.

  105. NFLJunkie says: Oct 5, 2011 1:59 PM

    Hank’s comments were not a big deal except for the liberal PC police.
    I agree that entertainers should do just their expertise with no politicks. A good example would be the Dixie Chicks. They were finished after their anti Bush tirade.
    I believe liberals are intolerant of any opposing point of view.

    Oh, now I see. It was the intolerant liberals who were responsible for kicking the Dixie Chicks to the curb after their “tirade”.

    Intolerance is not a liberal trait. It is not a conservative trait. It’s just sad to see it increase its standing as an American trait.

    The irony here is Hank is the one ripping a non-confrontational interaction between leaders with opposing points of view as something that “makes no sense”. But the people that don’t come running to support his view are the intolerant ones?

  106. goforthanddie says: Oct 5, 2011 2:41 PM

    I doubt Jr. cares if he’s on MNF or not, that gig’s already paid very well.

  107. skolvikesskol says: Oct 5, 2011 2:59 PM

    Who cares what a clueless washed up knucklehead sez… Really!!! I dont agree with him… I still love the intro… Dont care if they pull it…dont care if hiz apology is sincere… Really just dont care… I love football and all tbe ‘entertainment’ is irrelevant… Who cares!?

  108. thegonz13 says: Oct 5, 2011 3:00 PM

    This is exactly why entertainers should stick to what they know best, i.e. entertain, instead of talking about politics and staying idiotic things they will live to regret.

    By virtue of living in their own bubble in some kind of parallel universe, entertainers believe they are educated about a variety of topics, when in fact they don’t know the first thing about anything.

    Exhibit A is Kanye West and his “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during the post-Katrina telethon in 2005.

    I believe The Rock’s catchphrase sums it best: “Know your role and shut your mouth!”. At least, Hank III was smart enough to say something along the lines that entertainers shouldn’t comment about politics.

  109. thedingo8 says: Oct 5, 2011 5:32 PM

    once again, being politically correct trumps freedom of speech. a better analogy probably would have been the shamwow guy and jerry falwell. as for an apology .why is one needed?

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