Tuesday, October 11, 2011
– Hank Williams Jr released a new single, Keep The Change,
yesterday, and close to 150,000 downloaded the free song.
The song is available at sites including Hannity.com, Alan.com (Alan Colmes), KidRock.com and radio station web sites.
Williams discussed the popularity of the song on ABC's The View today where he was questioned about last week's controversial remarks from Fox & Friends where he compared President Obama to Adolph Hitler. Those comments resulted in ESPN pulling his musical intro to their Monday's football telecasts. Left-leaning hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of The View, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh from the other side of the political landscape came to his defense last Monday.
"Hank has always been provocative ... and said provocative things", said Whoopi. "What kind of standards are we holding folks to when we say 'Oh no, you can't say...' We can't say 'listen man, that's not a good thing to do' so instead we pull... Is that the right thing?" "Those among us who are without sin, cast the first stone," Goldberg said.
"He was making a comparison..." said The View co-host Joy Behar.
"I think every American has the right to voice their opinion," said co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
"I don't think you should be kicked off tv just for expressing yourself," said Bill Maher on his HBO weekly show Real Time, in reference to Hank's comments last week. "I am defending this guy."
"What? They pulled the song?? We count on him to gauge our nation's football readiness. If anything just give 'em a slap on the wrist," said comedian Jon Stewart. "By the way ESPN... you're shocked? By Bocephus' comments? You know, he's been at ESPN for 20 years - have you met him? ... It's Bocephus, man. He's got a song about how things would be better if the south had won. The guy fell 442 feet off a mountain, cracked open his skull so bad he had to hold in his own brain and survive... Don't act all 'oh, my goodness' when he says something down-home and gritty. That's what he's there for."
"America is a country of choices - we have choices and options - and I have choices and options." Williams said. When asked if he would stay out of future political discussions, he responded "How am I gonna do that? We want you to be president, we want you to be senator ... I ain't got time - I wanna go fishing."
Williams will appear on tomorrow's Joy Behar Show (HLN) 10 p.m. eastern.