The saga of Hank Williams Jr. just added added another chapter. Now even Jon Stewart is defending the country star from critics.
As you may remember, Williams referenced Hitler while making an analogy about Obama playing golf with John Boehner. Several have criticized the comment, including the hosts of the Fox program he said it on as well as ESPN, which pulled his iconic jingle from the opening of Monday Night Football.
But not everyone is berating the country legend. Glenn Beck defended him yesterday, saying it was clear he was making an analogy and not comparing Obama to Hitler. And now, Jon Stewart is showing some support.
On his program last night, Stewart took plenty of shots at Williams detractors, reminding them that “When [Williams] says something down-home and gritty, that’s what he’s there for!”
He brushed aside Williams's comments as a "mangled metaphor," and also was sure to slam ESPN for taking him off the air. Still, in typical Stewart fashion, he was sure to take his shots at Williams.
"He’s got a song about how things would be better if the South had won," Stewart quipped, and “when he talks, I can smell the Jack Daniels on his breath from the television."
You can watch the segment below:
In the end, it might not be that Stewart is ardently defending Williams exact words, but at least standing up for his right to say it.