Skip to comments.Dixie Chicks Not Ready To Make Nice (And Neither Are Former Fans)
Posted on 06/26/2006 7:34:19 AM PDT by Pokey78
The Dixie Chicks are back from exile. Theyve got a new album, theyre doing interviews and theyre plumb dang full of sassy attitude. Take one of the singles off the album, for instance: Not Ready to Make Nice. Gee, I wonder what thats about?
Unfortunately for former fans, that sassy attitude is the same one that got them pretty much shunned from country music after lead singer Natalie Maines bad-mouthed George W. Bush while onstage in Britain during the run-up to the Iraq war.
Hey, everybody has the right to criticize the president and the war if they want to. But when youre in the field of entertainment, it would help your career to be a little more savvy about the core values of your primary target audience. So, for instance, since fans dont come any more patriotic and flag-waving than those who follow country music, common sense says you steer away from public and gratuitous anti-Bush, antiwar remarks.
Maybe it was the intoxicatingness of being in another, more sophisticated country and performing before a presumably more enlightened audience that caused Maines to succumb to the unfortuitous urge to bash the president who hails from her home state of Texas, the fact of which she was so ashamed. And at that moment and in that place, her comment was probably a real crowd-pleaser.
But modern telecommunications being what they are, the word got back in a hurry to the country faithful in the States and before you could say no blood for oil, the Chicks were being avoided like a batch of bad moonshine. They definitely picked the wrong genre of music through which to express their discontent with the Bush administrations handling of contemporaneous geopolitical exigencies.
That was three years ago and now theyre back, not only with a new album, but on the cover of Time magazine as well, where they appeared in what seems to be a mutually protective embrace, staring into the camera unsmiling and defiant. Underneath the large headline, Radical Chicks, is the line, They criticized the war and were labeled unpatriotic. You know, as if to suggest that such is the fate of all dissenters in the stifling, McCarthyistic atmosphere that has prevailed since right-wing warmongers pulled off their coup and took the White House.
And as if to suggest that just because the Dixie Chicks disagree with the war doesnt mean theyre not every bit as patriotic as any country music fan.
But the Chicks own words put the kibosh on any such suggestion. No, not in the Time article because the issue isnt even raised there. But it was raised in a subsequent interview with a British newspaper and any country fans who want to give the Chicks the benefit of the doubt in the patriotism department will be sorely disappointed.
In that interview the Chicks first complained about the lack of support from other country artists. Said Emily Robison: A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career . . . A lot of pandering started going on and youd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.
Well sure, what could be more sickening than a strong display of patriotism?
Then Maines got right down to the crux of the matter. The entire country may disagree with me, but I dont understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country . . . I dont see why people care about patriotism.
There you have it, country music fans, straight from the horses mouth. The Chicks arent simply patriotic dissenters who got a bad rap. They are utterly clueless about why anybody would be patriotic for any reason!
It wouldnt be gentlemanly to suggest that theyre dumb as a box of rocks, but these are the statements of people who seem to be profoundly and abysmally ignorant of the dangers in todays world, unappreciative of how good they have it in their home country and clueless about how it got that way and what it takes to preserve it.
Anyway, Maines neednt worry about the entire country not agreeing with her. Thats because the country is crawling with Bush-hating America-bashers who not only agree with her questioning of the need for patriotism, but who sympathize with terrorists and actually hope America will be defeated in Iraq. But most of those people arent listening to country music.
When it comes right down to it, just how country are the Dixie Chicks, anyway? Their new album, Taking the Long Way, is being described as a shift from country to pop. One review says they are now savvy, sophisticated urbanites . . . like theyve stepped out of Sex and the City and the music reflects that. Its rooted in . . . country-rock . . . but sounds more suited for upscale apartments and coffeehouses.
Fine. Theres no law that says the Dixie Chicks have to continue the country charade with all its oppressive baggage, such as the expectations of patriotism. If they prefer Sex and the City to Haggard and Twitty, more power to em. Like it said in the Time magazine article, This is what talented musicians are supposed to do: aspire to get better, braver.
Chick Marty Maguire summed it up pretty well in Time: Id rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We dont want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do.
In other words, stick it in your ear all you Reba and Toby lovers. The Chicks are leaving all you white trash, country bumpkin losers behind and saying good riddance while theyre at it. Theyre movin on up to bigger and better things. Theyre looking to cull a new audience of really cool people from upscale apartments and coffeehouses and get shed of all their old fans who were mainly just filling up Americas decidedly unsophisticated trailer parks and rural route addresses.
Maybe the Dixie Chicks will find happiness with their new peeps. The old peeps arent likely to be too broken up over their departure from country. Theyre not ready to make nice either.
who are these dixie chicks you are referring to?
Not ready to make money.
I'm not into country & western music anyway, but a local C & W station manager did an interview for a local TV show.
When asked why he wasn't playing the Dixie Chicks' music, he said they did a poll. He said that the Dixie Chicks didn't come out NEAR the bottom. They came out AT THE BOTTOM by a wide margin.
He said, "If my listeners don't want to hear the Dixie Chicks' music, I won't play it. It's just that simple."
They are so over. Yet the MSM wants to keep propping them up like Bernie in 'Weekend at Bernies'.
I wish nothing but bad things for these girls. I reserve this for a select few.
I cannot figure out which is bigger...their arrogance or their stupidity.
I wonder how many years until leftists figure out that nobody buys their victimology anymore.
They're not going to scream racist/bigot/homophobe, assume that anyone cares, and then get to run the show. Neither are they going to make obnoxious comments and then cry for the rest of their lives that they are abused and deserve sympathy.
It is an inseparable package. You have to be stupid to be arrogant. They have it all.
Unfortunately, the propaganda is working. Far too many people don't understand patriotism and as a result don't see the need for it. The leftist schools and the MSM are succeeding in what they intend.
I heard that Maines is married to an Arab, which might fit in with her regard for America.
They forget that fans usually "like" the stars they support. When you no longer "like" a star, the support drops.
Who now "likes" and respects the "Dixie Chicks"? Not me - I am ashamed they are from Texas. We usually grow them with a ton more class than they show.
Not too dixie....
Not too chick......
It doesn't surprise me that these little has beens won't say they are sorry..Sorry isn't in a filthy liberal vocabulary..As for Reba saying what she did well I have seen old Reba in action..What a piece of work..Rude to fans and thinks she is so great..I saw her say some very unkind words to a guy in a wheel chair at a thing in Austin..so after that I had no respect for her at all..I never knew she was a liberal kiss up before this year..
If you're alluding to album sales, that's true. Their current album is supposedly selling well.
However, concert sales are anemic and the Dhimmi Chix have had to flee north to Canada to make up for it.
"... intoxicatingness of being in another, more sophisticated country and performing before a presumably more enlightened audience..."
Brit Libs: "sophiticated and enlightened"
The left explained Paula Jones as the result when you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park.
I explain this as what happens when you drag a recording contract through the Belle Meade/Brentwood/Mt. Juliet area these days.
Note to the Chicks; Merle and Willie already have the political left pretty well covered and they don't need YOUR help.
Actually, I think they are about the only fans she has left.
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