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Hank Williams Jr Terminated by ESPN due to comment made.

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posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 11:21 PM
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Well now they can get rid of the country crap and go with something edgy like Skrillex.

Hell ya.




posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 11:41 PM
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Whats the big deal ?
Obama is a socialist and used to run with the panthers ?
I bet the bosses phoned down and told the floor managers to can him.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 08:09 AM
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LMAO should have read from the script.

Ahhh well now that hes gone we should ask don cherry to be the next host of dirty ole pigskin.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 08:15 AM
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Originally posted by Absco


It was a fun ride while it lasted Mr. Williams.


You beat me to it. No prob. Turn the TV down, crank up YouTube and all is right in the world. Can't have football without Hank.

Edit: GO NINERS!!!!!

edit on 7-10-2011 by intrepid because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 08:46 AM
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Hey, you know what? Hank Williams Jr. has pretty much always spoken his mind. He doesn't hide who he is or his beliefs, no matter who he honks off. I would have thought that ESPN would have known that before they hired him. They did it anyway. (Had they never listened to anything of his before they hired him?)
He did not compare Obama to Hitler, and the reporter asked him a question and knew it would get him fired up.
He will be fine and so will Monday night football.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 09:59 AM
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Originally posted by chiefsmom
Hey, you know what? Hank Williams Jr. has pretty much always spoken his mind. He doesn't hide who he is or his beliefs, no matter who he honks off.


He is an adult. That is a very lame excuse for someone old enough to be responsible.

Not that I think he did anything wrong, but when you are on "company time" - - your personal opinions are also on "company time" - - and reflect on your company and what they stand for. It is not about YOU.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 10:15 AM
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Originally posted by Procession101


Not sure how I feel about this whole situation. Was he on ESPN's time when he made these comments? I understand at one point he was the face intro to the NFL's Monday Night Football but can't the guy have his own opinion on his political beliefs?


He is absolutely able to have his owm political beliefs.

And ESPN can hire or fire who they like.

American Football is a particularly American phenomena and ESPN has a right to protect their brand when one of the voices of that brand calls the President of the Untied States Hitler.

BTW - here is the vid.




posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 10:28 AM
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Originally posted by centurion1211

Originally posted by syrinx high priest
i understand where hank was coming from, but in the future, make the republican the nazi, and you'll be fine ....lol


Definite example of the double standards in action.

See Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, Natalie Means (Dixie Chick), and many other celebrities for examples of people on the left getting away with saying anything and everything.



Definite example of BS...and I don't watch much TV, perhaps you can do me a favor and post a link where any of the above called the President Hitler? The only controversy I am aware of was the Dixie Chicks and claiming they didn't pay a price for challenging the Iraq war seems dishonest. I remember hearing about all the concerts that were cancelled across the south at the time.

Dixie Chicks


During a London concert ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said

"we don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas".

The statement offended many Americans, who thought it rude and unpatriotic, and the ensuing controversy cost the band half of their concert audience attendance in the United States and led to accusations of the three women being "un-American", as well as hate mail, death threats, and the public destruction of their albums in protest.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 10:46 AM
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Originally posted by Indigo5
ESPN has a right to protect their brand when one of the voices of that brand calls the President of the Untied States Hitler.


He didn't call anyone Hitler.

But - Yes - - a product has a right to protect their brand.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 10:57 AM
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This issue is B.S. And is a perfect example of how MSM puts it's own spin on things to make something out of nothing to sell the news and the public eats it up.
And someone is always offended which builds up the news story.
Thats called divide and conquer .
The sheeple are so gullible and predictable.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:00 AM
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A - Hank's theme was tired and needed to be replaced 10 years ago (if not more). The only thing it was good for to me was to give you fair warning that you had enough time to grab a beer before kick-off

B - He got his right to freedom of speech - he made his speech didn't he?

C - This is *exactly* why I wish celebrities didn't express their political thoughts. It doesn't matter if it's Hank Williams or Sean Penn. They're so disconnected from the average working American's reality that they rarely have anything intelligent to say.

Simply put: You're payed (a LOT) to perform - so perform and then shutup.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:04 AM
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The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

He made a comment which turned out to be controversial. Political controversy doesn't play well with the NFL. He's free to yammer away all he wants. "Free" doesn't mean "without consequences". There are consequences for everything, everywhere.

The First Amendment applies to the government, nothing more. If the government tells him to shut up, that's impeding upon his First Amendment rights.. ESPN can tell him to shut up, or change his tune, or outright fire him and it has nothing to do with his Constitutional free speech rights.

Don't mess with the image of a big-time corporation and expect to continue to get the big check.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:08 AM
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Originally posted by userid1
This is *exactly* why I wish celebrities didn't express their political thoughts. It doesn't matter if it's Hank Williams or Sean Penn. They're so disconnected from the average working American's reality that they rarely have anything intelligent to say.


Celebrities are citizens. They have every right to express their political views.

Whether you want to accept it or not - - - you don't get to be a celebrity without working.

Doing it on company time is another matter.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:18 AM
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Nobody said they didn't have the right to express their opinions - I simply pointed out that they lead a life quite different from you (presumably) and I, and as a result, I can't relate to their POV. As influential as celebrities *can* be, you'll notice most keep their opinions to themselves. Did you ever wonder why that was considering the power they theoretically could wield?

They're paid to play - it's all anyone really cares about...



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:36 AM
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He's a celebrity, sure, but that has little to do with the fact that he shouldn't have said what he did IMO. I'm not talking so much about the Obama/Hitler thing, I'm talking more about the fact that he was trying to talk politics on national T.V.

The life that Hank Williams Jr. has led has not lent itself to politcal insight or media savvy. Simply put, he was out of his league by doing that interview. Maybe he was contractually obligated to do it seeing how the football season just started, but he should have known his limits enough not to talk politics. Especially with those morning idiots on Fox.

Boneheaded move on his part, and an understandable move on ESPN's part.

GO BRONCO"S !!!!!!!



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posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:42 AM
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posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:47 AM
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Originally posted by userid1
reply to post by Annee
 


Nobody said they didn't have the right to express their opinions - I simply pointed out that they lead a life quite different from you (presumably) and I, and as a result, I can't relate to their POV. As influential as celebrities *can* be, you'll notice most keep their opinions to themselves. Did you ever wonder why that was considering the power they theoretically could wield?

They're paid to play - it's all anyone really cares about...



Have you ever lived as a celebrity?



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:51 AM
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My bank account precludes that - how about yours?



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 11:58 AM
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Originally posted by userid1
reply to post by Annee
 


My bank account precludes that - how about yours?



Just saying - - you are stereotyping celebrities.

They are citizens. There is diversity in all classes of people.

Are you claiming anyone with a lot of money is out of touch with the average person?

I was born into poverty - - my mom married a millionaire when I was 16. I can tell you money does one thing. It gives you more opportunity of choices in life. You still have to make choices.

If a celebrity takes politics and humanity seriously - - I commend them.



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 12:13 PM
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I may disagree with what a person has to say, but I will defend to the death their right to say it.

The only disagreements which I have with Jr. is the part where he said Obama is our enemy and the way in which he said it.

It has always been my thoughhts that here in the U S we may differ in our thoughts and passions, but we do not claim to be one anothers enemy. To me this is bringing things to a whole different level. It is kind of like a family. We ofter argue among ourselves but let someone from the outside jump on one, they have the whole bunch to fight.Those from the outside may be our enemy but not another American.

The other part which I did not like was the manner in which he made this statement. It seemed to me to come off like the stereotypical "redneck hick". Some one with very little education or manners. It was as though he thought "if I yell this out loud enough, it will make me look bigger".

I see this type of behavior locally, I don't need to see it on TV.



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