The Dixie Chicks

United States
January 3, 2007 10:22pm CST
I know that the Dixie Chicks left a sour taste in the mouths of many with statements that Natalie had made. The public reaction was mixed. The music was banned in many stations. The concerts weren't as well attended in some states. But, the music went on. The Chick's have great music. I for one enjoy their recordings. They are spunky and enjoy life and aren't afraid to speak up. Kudos to the Chicks.
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@estherlou (5026)
• United States
4 Jan 07
usa - usa
I loved the Dixie chicks. But, I feel when you are in the public eye, and especially out of the country, you are an ambassador from your country...a visible example of people from your country. In that instance, I think you have a responsibility to stick up for America, not bash it or bash the president. Yes, we have and enjoy freedom of speech in our country, and no matter which political party you are in favor of, the other side gets bashed. That's okay if that is your thing...but when you are out of country you should put your best foot forward and make a good example of what being an American is all about!
@kareng (7986)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I totally agree with you. I think they made a mistake in being so vocal but you can't turn back the clock. In seeing several interviews with them, they don't seem to regret anything.
@soldenski (2504)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Estherlou, I couldn't have said it better myself. I really don't listen to the Dixie Chick's, before or after she bashed our President.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I also agree that they make great, catchy music. While I am not "in tune" (haha) with their political views or whatnot, I feel that one must be open if they have anything to say about anything. It is wrong, I'd say, to judge them or anyone else because you do not agree with them. We have a long way to go as humans, which sounds alot like something "Q" from Star Trek would say.
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@amafrias (456)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Her comments in my opinion were not that different than many Americans, it was the fact that she stated her opinion on Foreign soil, and it came across as betrayel to this country to some. I have seen her on shows apologize for that, but not what she said. We all have a right to our opinions. She just stepped on a few toes with hers. Especially at a time when our country was vulnerable, and very patriotic feeling.
• United States
4 Jan 07
She also opened her mouth at the wrong time, maybe more americans agree with her now, but not so much then. She seems to forget the genre of her music is mostly all people that supported the war and our country.
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@classy56 (2884)
• United States
4 Jan 07
i like the dixie chicks,regarless of what they have done or said,i would like to see them in person someday
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• United States
4 Jan 07
We went a couple of years ago. It was during the tour around the time of the "boo boo". We had a blast. There were a few empty seats, but not many. Their performance was awesome.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Just thought to add this... has anybody seen the documentary about them? It's called 'Shut Up and PLay,' I think...
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• United States
4 Jan 07
I haven't seen it yet, but look forward to seeing it.
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@sunshinecup (7882)
4 Jan 07
I love the Dixie Chicks! Before that event, I thought they were ok, and I liked their music. However when that little girl got up there and had it in her to say what MANY Americans felt, I was blown away! Most Celebs try to take the quiet way out, don't want to upset any customers. Man that Natalie showed the world she's American and exactly what free speech was all about! I am so proud they put out a new album and the first song off it was directed at this event. Here, our country station tried to ban them, and well they felt a huge backlash from it. But that was ok rock statoins started playing Dixie's Chicks music over the air. That girl has spirit and no Bush lovin red neck is going to break it. The Dixie Chicks are awsome!
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• United States
4 Jan 07
She does have a set of brass ones. There are many people who prefer not to say anything. She felt it should be known that not every American agrees with our government. I thank her for making the world aware of this. Our country believes in freedom of speech. Why do so many get slammed for saying what is on their minds. I never stopped listening to the music of the Dixie Chicks. I enjoy their music.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
4 Jan 07
YEAH, you name one person who hasn't put their foot in their mouth at one time or another. Fortunately, most of us don't have the humiliation of doing it in front of so many people. However, at some point, don't we have to forgive and forget??? The Chicks are entitled to their opinion, maybe they shouldn't be to public the next time, it did hurt their careers some. I love them, I love the song about the soldier the most, it actually makes me want to cry.
• United States
4 Jan 07
I agree, we have all stuck our foot in our mouths at one time or another.They have as mush right to say what they feel as mush as anyone else no matter where they are. I like the Dixie Chicks for their music not their politics.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I enjoy a lot of their music. I don't like artists saying their politics one way or the other on stage though, but it doesn't bother me enough to stop listening to their songs. I think it was John McCain who did something on Saturday Night Live with him singing Barbara Streisand songs trying to give her the hint to shut up about politics on stage. That was pretty funny.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I like their music, and saw them in a small concert about 8 or 10 years ago. They are really talented musicians-- the sisters grew up as award-winning players. Saying what they said about the president was not the smartest thing to say, especially in a foreign country, and their recent statements about not caring about country music listeners seems ill advised also. They had to cancel shows in the U.S. because of poor ticket sales, but made up for some of it by doing more shows in Canada, where they've become more popular.
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@Stephanie5 (2953)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I love the Dixie Chicks too! I was proud of them for speaking their minds! And it never deterred me from listening to them! I think that whole situation was blown way out of proportion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion! ROCK ON DIXIE CHICKS!
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I'm not much of a country music fan but I do like listening to them once in awhile. Honestly, I really don't know what her exact words were but I heard about it. I never really paid much attention to it.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
I also enjoy the Dixie Chicks music. My favorite is Landslide.
@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
4 Jan 07
That's the only song of theirs that I really know and i love it too! I say 'you go girls' for saying what many people really feel about Bush, i think he's an idiot and you will be hard pressed to find many that disagree, at least over here anyways! Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
4 Jan 07
And if some Irish musician i liked said that our Taoiseach Bertie Ahearn was an embarrassment to this country, i wouldn't stop listening to their music...thought i highly highly doubt that's ever going to happen!
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I really like the Dixie Chicks but think their action was inappropriate. They can (and should) speak their minds here on US soil - that is their right and their duty to keep democracy functioning. However, when on foreign soil - especially in times of turmoil - they should show more respect for the OFFICE of the presidency. Notice I say office. I absolutely despise a couple of the office holders, but would respect the office while overseas. Now, if asked if they support or agree with the office holder, that is different and I think they should (tactfully) answer honestly.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I for one do not enjoy being categorized as a supporter of something I do not believe in just because I am an American.
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@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I still love the Dixie Chicks. Most celebs try to remain quiet about something as controversial as that, but she just let it rip. I understand some of the backlash, but some people just went way overboard. They are human, we all have our quirks. Freedom of speech, that's what this country was founded on.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I like the fact that they do not apologize for their beliefs. Strong women!
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
4 Jan 07
The Dixie Chicks are great, and I don't think Natalie was so far off in what she was saying in that I pretty much agree with her. From George Ws 27% approval rating, I think most of America must agree with her. I want other countries to know that George W. does not speak or act for me and for most other Americans. Loyalty is fine, but I hate being confused with that loser!
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• United States
4 Jan 07
It really frosts my biscuits that they had to go through hell. Not ready to play nice, says it all. Why should they apologize for having beliefs.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I was actually sad to hear that there was so much backlash for what she said about Bush. I have to wonder would everyone have been so up in arms in she actually said it in Texas as opposed to on foreign soil.
• United States
4 Jan 07
Who knows. They shouldn't have been beaten so for speaking out.
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@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
4 Jan 07
the thing I don't get is that natalie made a comment that ALOT of Americans are now saying also. I mean lets face it Bush is not a well liked president right now, she was just smarter to say her opinion a few years ago, she knew then what alot of people are figuring out now. I never stopped liking the Dixie Chicks.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
For most it was shocking to hear that she was so bold as to speak up. Few truly let others know their true feelings.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
I liked the Dixie Chicks before the incident, and I still like them now. I believe that if you're talented enough, that will carry you through some rough career spots. My favorite song of theirs is "Traveling Soldier" although I LOVED their remake of Stand By Your Man
• United States
4 Jan 07
Traveling Soldier makes me weep. Brings to light the war and how it effects us all. Thank you for your response.
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@patootie (3593)
4 Jan 07
I don't think I have ever heard of the Dixie Chicks .. but from the name I guess they are a US Country & Western band of some sort ... We don't hear much Country and Western music here .. not on mainstream radio or TV anyway
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• United States
4 Jan 07
They are a very diverse group. Their roots are in Bluegrass. Check them out on the web to get a sampling of their music. http://www.dixiechicks.com/
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• United States
4 Jan 07
They weren't my favorite group before their comments. They still aren't. I don't really like any of their music. I think they have done all they can to make a comeback, they can't take back what they said.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
They will do just fine. The music is strong, their voices are strong, they are strong. I do not like rap music. I wouldn't listen to it. Musical tastes vary. Even if I did not support them for voicing their opinions, I would still listen to the music.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
I have stood by the Dixie Chicks through all the B.S. over what Natalie said. Mostly because #1 I agreed with her. And #2 in America there is a thing called freedom of speech. "Lead singer Maines said in a statement she felt the president was ignoring the opinions of many in the United States and alienating the rest of the world by pushing for war with Iraq. "We've been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the news accounts of our government's position. The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding," Maines said." http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/14/dixie.chicks.reut/ There is nothing so wrong in what she said. And the fact that at a concert she said she was ashamed that Bush was from her home state Texas. I wonder how many of those people agree with her now. We shouldn't have gone to war with Iraq. (Now that we are there we can't just leave - but I disagree with the reasons for being there in the first place). I do think Bush is an idiot. These same people that banned her for speaking out - are the same ones that want to keep their freedom of speech (and other freedoms) and it's just ridiculous to me.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
Thank you for your opinion on such a touchy subject. I agree with you 100%. freedom of speech in America is one of our rights. Those who disagree also have the right to voice their opinions.
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