Dixie Chicks documentary to clash with elections
New Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up and Sing is set to send shockwaves through the American political arena as its planned release date is just before the November US elections.
The highly-charged film refers to the widespread backlash of fans of US President George W Bush against singer Natalie Maines, after her 2003 statement that the band were "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas".
I can think of few things, which could be guaranteed to galvanize Red State voters as much as this.
You'd think the Chicks might READ the Title of the Film and ponder on it.
But maybe Voters will have more important things on their minds.
News Busters asks an important question.
More Important 2006 Election Issue: Dixie Chicks Failed Tour or Illegal Immigration?
Posted by Jason Smith on August 22, 2006 - 15:26.
When Harvey Weinstein's company decides to fund a conservative documentary about illegal immigration, the media is eerily silent.
But let Harvey Weinstein's company decide to fund a documentary about the Dixie Chicks and you'll see headlines like, "Dixie Chicks documentary could be election issue".
I'd love to see the statistics on how many Americans have replaced illegal immigration with the Dixie Chicks failed tour on their list of important election issues...
Failed Tour is not much of an exageration. Times have changed for the Chicks.
Dixie Chicks not ready to fill an arena
BY ROSS RAIHALA
Pop Music Critic
When the Dixie Chicks emerged this spring, three years after lead singer Natalie Maines' jabs at President Bush ignited a nationwide controversy, the title of the trio's comeback single said it all: "Not Ready to Make Nice." And in a subsequent series of high-profile interviews, the Chicks defiantly declared they were ready to ditch mainstream country music.
The problem, however, is that in mounting the "Accidents and Accusations" tour, they continued to act like, well, a mainstream country act, planning a full-scale arena romp with the assumption they could instantly replace all those former followers.
Soft ticket sales and more than a dozen canceled shows later, the Chicks pulled into the Twin Cities ? one of their strongest markets ? for a Friday night gig at the Target Center in front of about 11,300 fans. For those keeping score, that's about a quarter the number that caught the group's pair of sold-out shows at the X in 2003.
One nice thing about the Dixie Chicks, we can discuss them and not have to worry about being accused of impugning their patriotism.
Natalie Maines for one states she has none.
"The entire country may disagree with me,but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "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 don't see why people care about patriotism."
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