Hank Williams Jr. made a remark on Fox News this morning and because of what he opined, his opening musical segment to ESPN's "Monday Night Football" has been pulled from the program. From Politico:
Hank Williams Jr., the voice famous asking millions of football fans whether they’re ready for some football, has been pulled from tonight’s broadcast of “Monday Night Football” over a comment he made on Fox News this morning.There are no 1st Amendment issues here; ESPN can do as it pleases for a contracted service, which most likely is the fiscal arrangement that Hank Williams Jr. enjoys with ESPN.
Williams, who sings the lead-in song to the game each week, criticized the president for his golf summit with House Speaker John Boehner this summer.
“It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu,” Williams told “Fox & Friends.”
USA Today, among others, picked up the quote, speculating on whether the comparison would get Williams booted from the broadcast.
This afternoon, ESPN released a statement to the affirmative:
“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
However, with all the BusHitler comments flying through the media for eight straight years, it sure seems funny when a liberal media outlet decides to drop the hammer because it finds some speech offense and not others which are more offensive to potential viewers.
Are you ready for a boycott?
Let's get this thing started!
Show the ESPN asshats what happens
When they and their viewers are parted!
Everything is ready!
Everything is right!
Tell ESPN to f**k off Monday night!
Seriously, how can you replace this?
The ESPN comments section is going nuts over this. The moderator is yanking comments like a madman, comments that are even alittle critical of ESPN. No profanity necessary; just mention that people should go to Fox to watch sports and you're gone.