Hank Williams, Junior is BACK! That’s right, the man who sings, arguably a song about a question easily asked and answered (how many roads does a man walk – this song ain’t), is going to be back on our television screens this fall. If you are unsure of where Mr. Williams has been or who he even is, do not worry, we will do a quick 40 yard dash down memory lane.
Mr. William is a country music singer. He experienced some success in the 1970s and 1980s for singing, what I am going to call – billy badass anthems – in the United States. But Mr. Williams is most famous for his football anthem, in which he asks the age old question, “Are you ready for some football?” That question is usually followed by the obligatory howl, great balls of fire piano playing, and two AMERICAN footballs teams fighting to the death for truth, justice, and the American way.
Obviously, there is a little hyperbole in the last paragraph. That question is not really age old, now is it…
Maybe not as famous is the reason why we no longer get asked the question, are you ready for football, pre kick off. Mr. Williams, in 2011, went on Fox News and compared a Republican Congressman playing golf with then President Obama, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round of golf with Hitler. Mr. Williams was no fan of President Obama. He believes him to be a Muslim who hates many Americans. His words, not mine.
Anyone who knows me knows I am no fan of the NFL. I think it has to be more and more difficult to defend the league. Instances like Josh Brown and Greg Hardy are bad actors in an otherwise group of adult men working at their jobs. But when you take into account how disciplining either of them by the league did not take place until the stories made it to the public, or the league’s narrative afterward, which tried to pass blame on the viewer for not understanding the intricacies of disciplining NFL players who are accused of beating their significant others.
But this latest move by the NFL – and yes, ESPN, too – goes to show you that not only is racism alive and well, it has been accepted back into mainstream media. President Obama left office this past January, and it seems as if executives at the NFL and ESPN could not wait to get this football anthem back on the air. As if the comments made are now cool, because “that dark skinned guy isn’t in charge of the country anymore.”
It is beyond comprehension why anyone needs this song or this singer back on television on Monday nights. Do people miss the song? It is honestly one fucking line…what is there to even miss? There is only one reason I can think of – we are making America great again, and that means a return to those racist ways.