Hank Williams Jr. isn’t content to keep quiet these days.
Not long after his “Are You Ready for Some Football?” theme was dropped from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” due to his controversial statements about Obama on “Fox and Friends,” the 62-year-old country singer’s lashing out at ESPN, Fox, and anyone who’s backing the “United Socialist States of America,” as he calls it, in a new version of his song “Keep the Change.”
“So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down / Ask for my opinion / Twist it all around,” Williams sings in the song, which he posted on his web site on Monday. “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.” Early in the song, he insists that “This country sure as hell has gone down the drain / We know what we need. We know who to blame.”
We assume he’s not blaming himself. After appearing on “Fox and Friends” and comparing a golf outing involving President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner to “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” Williams, Jr. initially apologized.
“My analogy was extreme,” he said in a statement, “but it was to make a point. … The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin’ and high fiven’ on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement, and I am very sorry if it offended anyone.”
But now that first amendment supporters from Whoopi Goldberg to Jon Stewart have defended him, he seems to have grown more bold in his opinions. Proof? His web site now has “Hank Williams Jr for President” t-shirts for sale.