Hank Williams Jr. is surely proving that he has that country outlaw spirit within him. This is something that most country artists have in common back in the days, but in today’s political climate, it is looked at as being controversial. When you have something to say against the government or the President, there is a huge backlash.
“Keep the Change” is Hank Williams Jr.’s Response
Back in 2011, the country singer was fired because of the inappropriate comments he made about the sitting President. He compared Obama to Adolf Hitler, so the show and the viewers thought that this was an inappropriate comment. They then had to kick him out. After the incident, Hank Williams Jr. did what any artist would do if they were in that situation. He wrote the song “Keep the Change” and he made sure to say his honest feelings about the situation.
The singer shared:
This country sure as hell been going down the drain / We know what we need, we know who to blame. United Socialist States of America: How do you like that name? I’ll keep the USA, and y’all can keep the change”
The Country Singer Apologize for his Comments
The track may be unapologetic but the country singer backpedaled and asked for an apology for his comment. He even called it a ‘dumb’ statement referring to his comparison of President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler.
“I have always been very passionate about politics and sports, and this time it got the best or worst of me. The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin’ and high fivin’ on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement. I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist.”
After his genuine apology, some people like Whoopi Goldberg supported him stating that his statement was not a direct comparison between the two figureheads.
Listen to Hank Williams Jr.’s song here: