Hank Williams Jr. appeared on ABC's "The View" to slam ESPN and the Walt Disney Co. for dropping him for comments he made about President Obama.

"The bottom line is, Mickey is a mean mouse," he said, as host Barbara Walters pointed out that ABC and ESPN are owned by Disney.

On "Fox & Friends" last week, Williams was commenting onObama's golf game with House Speaker John Boehner in the midst of debt negotiations.

"It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu," he said.

On "The View," he slammed ESPN for dropping his line "Are you ready for some football?" and said, "I guess it is called on stepping on the toes of freedom of speech."

But he also said that he was not comparing Obama to Hitler, but using an analogy.

"That golf game, a bunch of politicians that are out there joking and kiving and high fiving, was so inappropriate with what this country is going through," Williams said.

But Walters said that his very presence on "The View" proves that freedom of speech is supported by the network.

Williams' appearance can be viewed here.

Update: Williams' reps say his new single "Keep the Change" has logged 150,000 free downloads in its first day.



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