Sarah Palin says Hank Williams Jr. is the victim of the media’s double standard.
“Hank Williams and what he is going through now, I think it’s a very clear illustration of a greater societal problem and that is the hypocrisy on the left — the liberals who can throw these stones at a conservative and they knowing that they’re not going to be held accountable,” Palin said on Sean Hannity’s radio show Thursday.
Williams, the country singer and songwriter who regularly appeared on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” program, came under fire for comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler earlier this week and was eventually permanently dumped by the network.
The former Alaska governor described the different standards placed on liberals and conservatives as “pretty disgusting.”
“It’s a one-way street and we’re always walking on eggshells, aren’t we?” she said. “You know, like, oh geez, if I say that is somebody going to misinterpret it or spin it as something that is quote unquote racist or sexist or anything else? But the other side, … they can say whatever they want and nobody calls them out on it. I think it’s pretty disgusting.”
Palin also pointed out that Mike Tyson never apologized to her for the crude comments he made about her in an interview last month, in which the former heavyweight champion discussed Palin’s alleged sexual encounter with former NBA star Glen Rice using sexually offensive language.
“What about Mike Tyson and the [Las Vegas radio] station that recently came out talking very crudely and some sick comments made? I don’t care that it was about me but some sick comments made and no apology there, no uh, no nothing,” she said. “The hypocrisy shines very bright in what it is that we deal with everyday, doesn’t it, Sean?”
Now what Bocephus said wasn’t really smart and I’m sure some people found it offensive, but it has been somewhat misrepresented. In fact, if you look for it you’ll have a hard time finding the exact quote of what Hank Jr. said. When he was asked about politics he said John Boehner playing golf with President Obama was “like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”
You could just as easily argue that he compared Boehner to Hitler, but that doesn’t have the same zing, now does it?
Personally, I’ve never understood the fascination with interviewing celebrities about politics and candidates. They are famous for singing or acting. What makes their opinions any more special than yours or mine?
Anyway, ESPN can do what they want. People tune in to watch the games, not the singing.