Obama isn’t like Hitler, but Hank Williams Jr. is like a skidmark

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:28 EDT
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Boy-hoo, I never liked Hank Williams Jr., in no small part because he's pretty much the crown jewel of every tendency of country-western I dislike, notably the postures of rural "authenticity" that are, in and of themselves inauthentic. I actually like country-western music, so this isn't a knock on it altogether, but the more strutting about how you're a possum-eating, backwoods-living country boy when you're in fact a mansion-dweller who spends more time golfing than trapping, the more I roll my eyes. And Hank Williams Jr. was always the worst, the absolute worst.  His name is actually Randall Williams, but his pathetic mother basically had him on stage as an impersonator of his dead father from the time he was 8 years old on, and even though his style adapted with the times, he's clung to Daddy's legacy like a motherfucker. Again, I don't dislike children of musicians becoming musicians themselves, but they usually try to be unique individuals—Sean Lennon isn't putting out songs called "You Know My Dad Was A Beatle, Right", but that's basically what Hank Williams Jr. did with "Family Tradition".  Look, I get that you might have daddy issues if your famous father credited with inventing modern country-western died while you were small.  But please, go to therapy. Stop blanketing the airwaves with your issues.  Anyyway, on top of it all, he's a pig. And that was my opinion of him before this shit:

Oh yes, he went there:

When asked what he didn't like about Obama and Boehner playing golf, Williams responded, "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."

The headlines on this are "Williams Jr. compared Obama to Hitler", but he did oh so much more than that. He basically compared Obama's attitude towards conservative white people to Hitler's attitudes towards Jews. Lest we forget, Hitler actually rounded up 6 million Jews and killed them. Obama….occasionally disagrees with conservative white people on some issues.  In other words, in Williams Jr.'s world, losing at the polls is for conservative white people as being killed in a genocide is for Jews.  That's off-the-charts entitlement.  That's so entitled we need a new word to describe how entitled that is. 

Also, seriously, fuck you and your faux filthy Wal-Mart-looking clothes. You're like a fucking bazillionaire. Wear a clean shirt, you piece of shit. Your father whose footsteps you wallow in knew to do that much. It's pathetic the way his fan base eats his bullshit up, convincing themselves his faux country boy act somehow makes them more "authentic" for buying into it. 

NPR is saying it's not certain if ESPN dropping Williams in light of these comments will be a permanent decision.  It really should be. "Rowdy Friends" is a stupid song that's blaringly sexist to boot. They should get someone new that has more mass appeal, like the Foo Fighters. I bet they'd be down. 

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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