By now, you’ve all heard about Hank Williams, Jr. going on Fox and Friends in order to…wait, why was he on there again? He talked about Monday Night Football, but was that the real reason he was on there? We aren’t saying one way or another, just curious why Fox would have a guy on whose only relevance to society in the past 20+ years has come once a week for 17 weeks.
Whatever, that’s not important right now. The bottom line is that he went on there and acted like the guy at the bar that thinks he’s very sophisticated in saying, “look, there is a difference between black people and n-words,” but actually says the n-word. I’ve had numerous people tell me that when there are no black people around and they always say it with an air of “I’m not some every day racist, you see?” Yes, you are actually.
Photo Caption: Out of respect to Hank, we found the gayest photo of him we could, because we all know how much conservatives love gays.
But anyway, that’s the way Hank came across the entire interview to me. Not saying he’s ever said that about black people, but that was the type of tone I was getting from him. And then for him to compare President Obama to Hitler, well, it kind of justified my feeling.
Now, one can easily say that he made an analogy where he didn’t call Obama Hitler. Okay, that’s why I thought too. But check his website and look at the “apologies” on it. They also have posts where they acknowledge the “comparison.” So, there goes that line of thinking.
So, while many thought that last week ESPN merely suspended him and his Monday Night Football opening song for just last week, those many were wrong. It turns out, ESPN is officially cutting the cord and firing Bocephus.
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.,” ESPN said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there! Hank is now playing the “you can’t fire me ’cause I quit” card! He says on his website that he’s decided to take his ball and go home. And he does it the only way Hank knows how: With awful punctuation and misuse of capital letters! He’s definitely a capitalist alright. Read on.
“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he writes. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You [ESPN] stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”
You’re OUT OF HERE ’cause the network SAID YOU WERE.
And this has absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Stop it. People tried to pull this crap when John Rocker made all those comments to Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated. Listen up, Hank: Freedom of speech protects you FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Your freedom of speech is why President Obama didn’t imprison you for comparing him to Hitler. Freedom of speech does not protect you from private enterprise.
It’s funny how so many hardcore conservatives love to invoke the Constitution, yet they have no idea what most of this stuff means. Does ESPN‘s Constitution say that you can say whatever you want and we won’t fire you? Of course not.
Hank, you messed up. You said a bunch of stupid stuff and ESPN decided they didn’t want to be associated with you. That’s how it goes.