Tuesday, October 04, 2011


This will probably surprise a few people, but at least no one can accuse me of that whole consistency/hobgoblin thing.

Let me start by saying that Hank Williams, Jr. is a blithering redneck idiot and a national embarrassment whose pride in his own ignorance and self-satisfaction at promoting the worst kind of Ugly American stereotypes are matched only by his complete lack of anything approaching talent. Now let me go on to say that the indignant furor over comments he made yesterday morning on Fox News Channel supposedly comparing Barack Obama to Hitler amounts to a really silly, media-generated overreaction. The reason is that Hank Williams, Jr. wasn't purposely attempting to draw a connection between President Obama and the most infamous mass-murdered in history.

As much as it pains me to defend this boob, anyone who watched the interview -- and it pains me even more to admit that I saw it live -- should have been able to grasp the point Williams was trying to make. See, in his booze-addled mind, not only is a casual golf game between Barack Obama and John Boehner on par with Benjamin Netanyahu yukking it up with Adolf Hitler -- since, obviously, the former two are comparable mortal enemies to the latter two -- but making this analogy on live television proves that Hank Williams, Jr. is just all kinds of clever. He's the thinking man's Larry the Cable Guy, if you will.

What Williams said was unbelievably ill-advised, but not for the reasons a lot of people think. He obviously doesn't like Barack Obama, that's true, and maybe he even thinks he's a threat to America and a danger to the world -- and he certainly proved the political codicil of Godwin's Law -- but that's not what he was trying to get across with his dumb crack. The truth is he's not a hateful fuck so much as he's just a dumb drunk who can't express himself properly. There's a difference.

Still, if all this outrage gets him banished from our culture forever, I guess the greater good is served. And I do have to give him credit for managing to make the regular clowns on Fox and Friends -- that would be the hosts -- look like rank amateurs for a change.


Anonymous said...

You're right, of course, but is it wrong to enjoy seeing the worm turn here after years of the right wing claiming that Michelle Obama hates America because of that "for the first time I'm proud of my country."

There are countless cases where Fox news types have gone for the most damning interpretation of statements that seem inflamatory unless you consider what the speaker was obviously trying to say.

Plus, he clearly just spent all that ESPN money on booze anyway.

Anonymous said...

I am obviously much too young to understand, but why I am supposed to care what some guy who sings the same song with slightly different lyrics once a week before a football game thinks about anything?!?

Steven D Skelton said...

I love Godwin's law.

But I don't think we can say for certain that the greater good would be served if he lost the intro gig.

As bad as that is, whatever comes next could be a lot worse.

You know a lot more about television than I do, but I can see a bunch of suits trying to figure which steaming pile of pop culture turd might draw an extra .1 rating point.

agrazingmoose said...

Skelton is right. Remember Joe the dickhead plumber?

Ducky said...

Am I guilty of this? Abso-fucking-lutly! I in fact take a sort of perverse pride in it. I own my shit. I try to back it up with historical data, but I admit that much of it can be subjective, whether you follow the right to left as a straight line or a horseshoe, etc, etc. Point being, I hold to it until such a time as it's disproved or I find something that fits better.
To keep it on topic, the difference between me and this feeb being that when I make my statements, I'm stone cold sober. Whether that's to my benefit or not I leave that to debate.

NoxiousNan said...

Heard the furor (pun intended) before I heard the interview.

I take no pleasure at such deliberate misinterpretations just because the victim is a misogynist, bigoted redneck. And it is a bitter pill to have to defend the likes of Williams.

Ref said...

Yes, I think the furor is misguided.

Yes, I think he didn't mean it the way it was generally interpreted.

Yes, I'll be happy if this means I never have to listen to that talentless doofus again.

Yes, most people who cite "Godwin's Law" don't know what it is that they're talking about.

Marsupialus said...

And now we have competing narratives: ESPN claims it fired him and he's claiming he quit because ESPN stepped on his first amendment toes or something to that effect. Big sigh, here. Wouldn't it be nice if those great defenders of the Constitution actually understood what the first amendment meant. He can say what he wants but the amendment doesn't grant him a right to any venue to say it in.

CzarChasm said...

So, no rowdy friends?

He could be a case study to determine if talent skips every other generation, like male pattern baldness.

Steven D Skelton said...


My pet peeve exactly!

That sort of first amendment ignorance makes physically angry when I see it.

Whether it's radio stations dropping the Dixie Chicks or ESPN dropping Hank Williams jr, whenever something like this happens there will always be innumerable morons in the comment section spewing that same line of inanity.

Marsupialus said...

It's a lovely false equivalency, comparing what the Dixie Chicks said to what Williams said.

But I'll let the point stand.

Steven D Skelton said...

The comparison wasn't between what the Dixie Chicks said and what Hank Williams Jr. said.

The comparison is all the people complaining about the 1st amendment rights being "violated."

I don't think the Dixie Chicks ever complained about their 1st amendment rights.