I never talk politics on the air, preferring to keep the music playing.  However, I just read a story that Jeff Levack posted that really shocked me and made me wonder.  

Country Music legend Hank Williams, Jr. recently made the following statement at a concert in Texas: “We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!"

As you take a moment to absorb that comment, keep in mind that he says that "he hates the President."  Now, remember when the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines said that she 'was ashamed the President of the United States was from Texas?' (referring to President George W. Bush) Whether you agree or disagree, both comments can be viewed as disrespectful to the office of the Presidency.  The entire topic actually makes me feel a little uncomfortable, but it leaves me wondering.

After the Chicks made their controversial statement they were blasted, boycotted, had death threats against them, and endured much negative reaction from that little quote that even inspired a movie called 'Shut Up and Sing.' I'm all for freedom of speech and understand that there could be consequences for speaking your opinion, but I find it interesting that the reaction to Hank Williams Jr.'s recent comments don't seem to be initiating the same response from Country Music fans, at least not as of the writing of this article.  Furthermore, in addition to these recent comments, Hank Williams Jr. was in the spotlight last October when he compared Obama to Hitler, which got him fired as the 'Monday Night Football' singer on ESPN.

Do you think the Chicks' 'ashamed' comments are comparable to Hank's 'hate' comments?  Why are fans not reacting the same way to Hank as they did the Chicks? Do you agree with Hank? As a music fan, what do you think about these artists and what they've said about our Presidents?

To encourage Freedom of Speech and to give fans a chance to react, I encourage you to post your comments and reaction in the section below.

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