ESPN Made Right Decision to Remove Hank Williams, Jr.'s Football Opening After Singer's Offensive Use of Nazi Imagery
B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement after singer Hank Williams, Jr.’s talk show comments that President Obama’s golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner was comparable to “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
B’nai B’rith International strongly objects to the use of Nazi symbolism in commenting on contemporary social issues.
ESPN, which quickly removed Williams’ musical introduction to this week’s Monday Night Football, was right to condemn the singer for his clumsy analogy. The singer subsequently issued an apology.
Nazi imagery should never be used to describe persons or things we don’t like. Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust are associated with the unique, horrific genocide of the Jewish people. Misuse of these terms dilutes the magnitude of the murders of more than 6 million people.