The Dixie Chicks seem to be weathering the negative publicity from their anti-Bush/war statements rather well. Maybe we’ve entered a new era of show biz negative advertising campaigns, as I mentioned earlier today in relationship to Madonna. They’ve done wonders for us here, too, that’s for sure (see below).
The Chicks have a whole lot going on for a supposedly ostracized trio (note pic):
- The three women of country music band the Dixie Chicks pose nude on the cover of a weekly showbiz magazine in a defiant answer to a backlash over their opposition to the war in Iraq.
Entertainment Weekly on Thursday released next week’s cover in which the Grammy-winning performers wear only contradictory slogans painted on their bodies, including “Traitors,” “Saddam’s Angels,” “Dixie Sluts,” and “Proud Americans.”
“We don’t want people to think that we are trying to be provocative. It’s not about the nakedness,” band member Martie Maguire said in an accompanying interview with the magazine. “It’s about clothes getting in the way of labels.”
Maguire and fellow musicians Emily Robison and Natalie Maines said they posed nude in response to the controversy created by pro-war advocates over Maines’ remark at a concert in London on March 10 that they were “ashamed” President Bush was from their home state of Texas.
Maguire told the magazine Maines also said in introducing the song “Travelin’ Soldier” in London that it was neither a pro-war nor a peace song. She said Maines’ bandmate Robison took the microphone immediately after the comment about Bush and said, “But you know we support the troops 100 percent.” [Reuters]
Hmm, I’ve never heard that part of the story before, but what’s a little revisionism between friends?
They will also be on TV with Diane Sawyer tonight:
- Maines said in a separate ABC TV “Primetime” interview to air on Thursday night that the band members feared for their lives amid criticism they say was “out of control.”
She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she criticized Bush out of frustration and remained “passionate” in her anti-war views, even if she now regretted the remark. ABC released a transcript of the interview on Wednesday.
“At that moment, on the eve of war, I had a lot of questions that I felt were unanswered,” Maines told ABC. “I think the way I said it was disrespectful. The wording I used, the way I said it, that was disrespectful. I feel regret for, you know, the choice of words. Am I sorry that I asked questions and that I don’t just follow? No.”
Maines, who was interviewed with Maguire and Robison, said despite telling the London audience she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas,” she did not feel that way.
“No, I’m not truly embarrassed that, you know, President Bush is from my state, that’s not really what I care about,” she said. “I felt like there was a lack of compassion every time I saw Bush talking about this. I honestly felt a lack of compassion for people that are questioning this (war), for the people that are about to die for this on both sides.”
We have been following the Chicks’ travails from the beginning – here it is in chronological order, some of these posts are STILL getting comments:
The Dixie Chicks’ deep political thought
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines told her audience “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Posted in Blogcritics on March 14, 2003 07:46 AM
Country fans not happy with Dixie Chick.
Country hot shots (and Texas based) The Dixie Chicks are facing a boycott from country fans after singer Natalie Maines told an audience at a London show: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 14, 2003 01:02 PM
Dixie Chick Damage Control
Nashville is NOT Hollywood. Do we need any more proof of that than two concurrent stories out of the Music City: the Charlie Daniels pro-war rant, producer for country TV channel replies, gets fired story; and the Dixie Chick Natalie…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 16, 2003 03:51 PM
Toby Slams Natalie
Toby Keith, ass-kicker, thinks Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, the short one singing between her willowy bookend compatriots, has a big mouth: Keith, who was responding to a question about Maines’s recent negative comments about President Bush in London, said, “She’s…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 18, 2003 05:26 PM
Travis Tritt not happy with Dixie Chicks
Boston Herald: via The dead tree version. Tritt called the Dixie’s comment in London a “cheap shot” He suggested that if they really meant their apology they would go on a USO tour. He also calls for Americans to boycott…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 19, 2003 04:55 PM
Positively the last word on the Dixie Chicks….
Just when you hoped the Dixie Chicks controversy had died down comes the biggest and silliest story of all: South Carolina House members say the Dixie Chicks should apologize for lead singer Natalie Maines’ criticism of President Bush by performing…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 21, 2003 09:58 AM
What She Really Said
If you’ve been following the Dixie Chicks’ saga – and based upon the traffic and comments, in the days just before the war, few were concerned with much else – you know that after Natalie Maines slammed President Bush in…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 21, 2003 10:22 PM
The Power of The Boycott
The figures are in (via Soundbitten). The Dixie Chicks’ Home has gone back up to Number 4 in the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart since that remark and remains at Number 1 in the Top Country Albums. All those conservative…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 23, 2003 11:48 PM
The Song Not the Singer
There is an in between: as so many have commented regarding the Dixie Chicks (now over 300 comments), we don’t necessarily agree with what Natalie Maines had to say about the president and the war, but she had every right…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 26, 2003 10:31 AM
Younger Cash on Maines
CMU reports: Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny and an acclaimed singer songwriter in her own right, has said she has been “astonished and appalled” at the way the American press and country music scene responded to anti-Bush comments made by…
Posted in Blogcritics on March 28, 2003 01:19 PM
Asymmetry: Pearl Jam vs. Dixie Chicks
Pearl Jam speaks out on the impale-Bush-mask-at-concert incident: There were close to 12,000 people at the April 1st Denver show. It’s possible two dozen left during encore but it was not noticeable amongst the 11,976 who were loudly applauding and…
Posted in Blogcritics on April 5, 2003 01:48 PM
Springsteen Supports Dixie Dolls
Boss calls anti-Chick campaign “un-American” on his website: The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves. To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to…
Posted in Blogcritics on April 22, 2003 12:01 PM
Dixies, Dissent and Dollars
Those who speak loudest reap the biggest cash rewards.
Posted in Blogcritics on April 24, 2003 09:42 AM
Getting Dixie Chicked
I believe in free markets, and entertainers who enter into the realm of politics need to recognize that they are risking the dilution of their entertainment value.
Posted in Blogcritics on April 24, 2003 10:49 PM