Since 1991, audiences tuning in to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” are met by Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic song, “All My Rowdy Friends.”
That is, until the Oct. 3 Indianapolis/Tampa Bay game.
“This country superstar knows a little about politics too,” said “FOX & Friends” anchor Brian Kilmeade.
Williams was invited on the broadcast to give his political insight on the Republican field—because we all know he’s a seasoned politician.
They then handed over the reigns to a man who is known for his outlandish behavior and controversial remarks.
In reference to the golf game played by democrat President Obama and republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, Williams said, “it would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
Yes, Williams really made an analogy comparing Obama to Hitler.
Needless to say, that looks bad on both Williams and his beneficiaries. ESPN issued a statement that night pulling Williams’ song from the telecast of “Monday Night Football.”
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr.,” said EPSN in a subsequent statement.
“The success of ‘Monday Night Football’ has always been about the games and that will continue.”
While Williams did issue an apology, his actions have led us to believe otherwise. The 62-year-old singer appeared on “The View” and “Hannity.” He also fired back doing what he does best—music.
Meant to make a statement about Obama’s 2008 promise to change Washington, Williams released a new single, “Keep The Change.”
Ask for my opinion, then twist it all around,” sang Williams. Now, ol’ Bocephus has a point. FOX did ask Williams for his opinion on the republican field.
Granted, it was a very extreme analogy, but an innocuous opinion nonetheless.
And keep in mind, FOX did willingly choose to bring in this country music legend with a rebellious attitude.
It’s like the Golden Globes committee asking Ricky Gervais to host, and get offended when the crude
comedian makes crude remarks.
In a “Saturday Night Live” political spoof on the situation, Williams’ media representative, Chris Brooks’ character said,
“Telling [Williams] he is a political analyst is akin to giving a baby a gun…you let him talk.” And talk, he did.
“I have made MY decision,” Williams stated on his website. “By pulling my opening Oct. 3, 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.”
Good-bye Bocephus, it’s been real.