Hank Williams Jr., Obama & ESPN, and also the First Amendment
This is a thread coming after the kerfluffle. For those of you uninformed, Hank Williams Jr. Is famous for the "All My Rowdy Friends" intro song to Monday Night Football, which I will not link to because it is awful. Either way, Hank went on Fox & Friends and said this:
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment
Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run."
He also tweaked his Post-Obama-election diss track.
A few notes i'd like to make first,
1.) It's entirely Hank's fault this entire thing went down. There are about 10,000,000 different analogies he could've used to compare Obama and Biden golfing to to diametrically opposed parties. Dogs and Cats. Sith and Jedi. Bacon and PETA. Harry and Draco. A man and an airbag. But he went with Benjamin Netanyahu and Hitler. He could've said Obama was incompetent, a crony, a horrible politician, weak-willed, a coward, an idiot, the worst thing to happen to America since the Civil War, or probably could've even gone birther on us, and he'd have been fine. As a general rule, if you're a public figure, don't compare politicians in a republic to history's greatest dictatorial genocidal leader. Not unless you've got really good proof.
2.) the "Toes of the First Amendment Freedom of Speech" were not stepped on. Matter of fact, this was pure, wonderful capitalism. A company made a immediate decision based on the impact Hank's words might have on their sponsors and bottom line. Now, if, say, a Predator Drone had blown up Hank and the government released and edict prohibiting such speech and threatening to do the same to anyone who dared agree, that's a violation of ol' #1.
Which reminds me, when exactly did the First Amendment come to mean "I can say whatever I want and should be able to without any repurcussions"? I actually had a ex-co-worker bitch to me about his "right to free speech being impeded" for calling another co-worker a "dumb dyke c*nt". Do we, as a nation, need to go back to Civics class? When Imus called the Rutgers basketball team a bunch of "Nappy Headed Ho's" and got canned for it, at no point was his right to free speech impeded. Or have I been reading the entire constitution wrong?