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ESPN Pulls “Monday Night Football” Intro After Singer’s Comments

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Looks like football fans won’t be getting “rowdy” on Monday nights anymore.

ESPN has pulled the popular Monday Night Football theme song from the program after some “controversial” comments from the song’s singer Hank Williams Jr. During an appearance on Fox and Friends, Williams made a comment that compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler:

In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”

OK, I’ll agree that this is a really extreme analogy. You don’t compare the U.S. president, no matter who it is, to one of the most evil men in history. But celebrities make stupid comments all the time. (anybody else out there remember the Dixie Chicks?) Is one really bad comment enough to warrant pulling Williams and his song from Monday Night Football?

What do you think? Was ESPN right in pulling the song, or were they overreacting?

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