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Hank is Silenced
October 13, 2011 - Al Stephenson
When I first heard that ESPN decided to end its relationship with Hank Williams, Jr., I thought it was another example of political correctness getting someone in trouble. Personally I don't care for the term political correctness. I believe as a nation we have become a little too sensitive. Some remarks are innocent, some are taken out of context and many have resulted in overreaction.
So when I heard the comment that Williams made - comparing President Obama and House Speaker Boehner playing golf together being like Hitler doing the same with Netanyahu - was the cause of his dismissal, I decided that politcal correctness was wrong. However ridculous the statement was, it should not have resulted in his axing.
Then I got on YouTube and watched the interview where he made his remarks.
I came to the conclusion that ESPN did not remove Williams' song from Monday Night Football because of political correctness. They parted ways with him because he acted like an idiot. Check out the piece and see if you don't agree.
FOX and Friends hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Williams and Brian Kilmeade presumably had Williams on (through a televised hookup) to ask him who his favorite Republican candidate for President would be. What they got was a rambling diatribe that seemed to have no purpose, other than to show us how silly the man can act. He gave me the impression that he might have been drinking; he seemed sexist (suggesting he would like to spend some time with Gretchen) and even referred to President Obama and Vice President Biden as the enemy.
The interview is fun to watch if for no other reason than to watch the expressions on the faces of the FOX hosts.
Does Hank Williams, Jr. have the right to his "political" views? You bet. Does ESPN have the right to part ways with him? Of course.
The view from my seat suggests that this whole incident is not a big deal in the great scheme of things. I never once tuned into Monday Night Football to hear Hank Williams, Jr. sing!
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