Its hard to believe its been 10 years, since the Dixie Chicks killed their career
Its hard to believe it has been 10 years since Americans, radio, and many others decided to boycott the Dixie Chicks over comments they made about President Bush, while at a show in London.
Back in 2003 in front of a crowd in London, England made it clear that she did not agree with President George W Bush's movement on the war in Iraq.
"Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." Natalie Maines
Her comments ignited country fans and not in a good way. Not only were their fans boycotting them and destroying their albums but country radio took a stand as well. People were running over their albums with bulldozers in the streets. Protesting outside their concerts. At one point and time Natalie even received death threats.Many of her fellow Texas did not stand behind her either. Since George W. Bush is from Texas and especially since Texas is so conservative. Which ultimately lead to the end of their career.
They tried to come out with an album a few years letter trying to still get their voice heard. It didn't do bad but it didn't get them back to where they were. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that country radio slowly moved their music back into rotation.
The Dixie Chicks have never been able to recover as a group or on their own. Emily and Marti tried to come out as a duo but not with much success. Now Natalie is coming out with a solo album in May hoping for a different out come.
I totally understand Natalie was exercising her freedom of speech but I think so many people didn't like the fact that they publicly disrespected the President of the United States on foreign soil. Could you imagine if some white country girl said those things about our current president, things would get out of control. The Obama supporters would lose their minds, just as Bush supporters did.
I myself was a huge Dixie Chicks fan, but I have to admit I joined the band wagon and boycotted the Dixie Chicks.I don't think they should have disrespected the leader of our country on foreign soil, especially in a time of war. I didn't burn and smash their albums but I was a supporter of the boycott. Country music as a whole is very conservative and old fashioned, so the response was not surprising.
Maybe they should have just Shut Up and Sang?