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ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro #15206977 09/08/20
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For the second time since 2011, ESPN is reportedly removing Hank Williams Jr. from its “Monday Night Football” intro.

This time, the network claims it’s not about Williams’ controversial points of view, according to Sports Business Journal.

Instead of Williams’ iconic “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” that became the anthem for weekday football in 1989, ESPN will air a rendition of Little Richard’s “Rip It Up,” mashing the late artist’s vocals with instrumentation from Virginia-based band Butcher Brown, per the report.
ESPN reportedly cites COVID-19 crowd impact

The official stance from ESPN is that the “rowdy” Williams intro doesn’t jibe with a season of NFL games being played in stadiums with limited or no fan capacity because of COVID-19, according to SBJ.

But it shouldn’t be ignored in 2020 that ESPN is removing Williams in favor of one of the Black founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll backed by a majority Black band. Little Richard, who died in May, was a titan of the genre and one of the most influential artists in American popular music.

Hank Williams Jr. removed in 2011 after comparing Obama to Hitler

The last time ESPN axed Williams was in 2011 after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. He returned to the network’s airwaves in 2017 amid the massive cultural shift that was the election of President Donald Trump.

Now that the United States is in the midst of a racial reckoning and social unrest not seen in decades sparked by the homicide of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, Williams is gone again.

It’s probably not good for business in this climate to promote a country singer with Confederate fantasies “If the South Woulda Won” and “If Heaven Ain’t a Lot Like Dixie” in his library.
ESPN’s ‘stick-to-sports’ initiative

ESPN has long catered to the stick-to-sports crowd and has doubled down on those efforts lately under president Jimmy Pitaro, who has continued to stifle non-sports commentary from the network’s stable of personalities.

Network brass surely doesn’t want to be seen as catering to a certain demographic by pulling Williams for what could be construed as political reasons. That doesn’t fit with the brand or a segment of its audience.

The COVID-19 pandemic makes for a convenient fallback that allows ESPN to protect its business interests while avoiding the dreaded “political” label at the same time.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report...nday-night-football-intro-222533577.html


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Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15206986 09/08/20
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Williams should be pleased they no longer want to associate with him.

Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15206989 09/08/20
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I dont give a rat's patootie about any of this.


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Good for Hank. He won’t give a crap. The nfl filth has lost much of rural America.

Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15206996 09/08/20
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Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: auk1124] #15207011 09/08/20
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Originally Posted by auk1124
Williams should be pleased they no longer want to associate with him.


+1


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Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15207034 09/08/20
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I'm surprised the new intro isn't some rap shixt.


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I'd love to spit some beech nut in that dude's eyes
And shoot him with my old .45
'Cause a country boy can survive

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Took them long enough. The NFL has chosen a certain demographic. Hank ain’t it.


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NFL = gay...... if u watch it ...u got the gay eye......sorry........


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Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15207120 09/08/20
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This is all I need to know about HW Jr :

"Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr. had a tighter bond than the word “friends” can detail.

Many may not know this, but June Carter Cash was Hank Jr.’s godmother. She and Hank Jr.’s mom, Audrey Williams, were extremely close and when she had her son with country legend Hank Williams, asking June to be his godmother was a no brainer.

Because June had a close bond with young Bocephus, so did her husband, the legendary Johnny Cash. After Cash passed away on September 12, 2003, the country music community came together to pay tribute to The Man In Black.

Actor/musician Tim Robbins introduced Hank Jr., calling him “June and Johnny’s beloved.”

An emotional Bocephus walked to the microphone and spoke in a soft, low tone.

I sure don’t have to make up something to tell you about Johnny Cash,” he said to the crowd. “We had a wonderful, long friendship. We loved Civil War and Western history. We liked to shoot cannons off Franklin Road and knock people’s books off their shelves.”

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Little Richard? A gay black man?

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Their decision to go with "Rip It Up" seems quite appropriate.


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Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15207229 09/09/20
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Originally Posted by EthanEdwards
I'm surprised the new intro isn't some rap shixt.



That's what I was prepared for when I read your first post. Given that we are now living in a "kiss the Negro's azz" world, I would not have been surprised.

Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: Sako76] #15207235 09/09/20
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Originally Posted by Sako76
Little Richard? A gay black man?



I have mixed feelings about Little Richard. Yes, he was a queer, who both dressed and acted the part, but as far as I know, he was not a radical person about either his color or is being a queer. I always liked his music, as that dude could sing.

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James--I like some of his music also! Just thought it was a little strange for a "manly" game like football.

Re: ESPN removes Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football' intro [Re: EthanEdwards] #15207302 09/09/20
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I doubt if he cares. The NFL is catering to a small percentage of the population, alienating the people that spend money on their league. I hope they go Broke!

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