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The Anti-Defamation League is praising ESPN for pulling Hank Williams Jr.’s song as the opener for Monday Night Football in light of his controversial comments comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler.
“ESPN responded appropriately and did the right thing in pulling the Hank Williams Jr. football song from the airwaves,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “The Holocaust was a singular event in human history, and it is an insult to the memory of the millions who died as a result of Hitler’s plan of mass extermination to compare the Nazi dictator to any American president.”
“Hank Williams Jr. should know better,” Foxman says. “He owes an apology to Holocaust survivors, their families, and the brave American soldiers who gave of themselves to fight the Nazi menace during World War II. The last thing we need is to enter another election cycle on a sour note tainted with inappropriate, tired and over-the-top analogies to the Nazis.”
In an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday, Williams Jr. told Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade l that Speaker of the House John Boehner’s golf game with President Obama was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
“It’s like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he said.
The Fox News anchors seemed taken aback at Williams’ comment. Carlson asked Williams to clarify, saying, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president.”
“That’s true,” Williams said. “But I’m telling you like it is.”
He tried to clarify his comments later.
“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” he said in a statement. “My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was.”
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