Much has happened in the world of the chirping chicks since this post appeared four days ago.
Since this post now has almost 300 comments, I have to scratch my head and ponder why. I believe the Chicks have become a prism through which we can view the almost overwhelming events in Iraq, and the themes of patriotism, free speech, dissent, political expression by entertainers, free enterprise, betrayal, and the sociology of country music fans. Hence the flood of comments ranging over the topics mentioned and many more. Why do you think there is so much interest?
While I hope it is clear to everyone that the "apology" by Natalie Maines quoted above is SATIRE - she didn't say it - that doesn't mean she didn't think it.
Seizing an opportunity with both hands is the South Carolina General Assembly, who passed this resolution last week:
- A HOUSE RESOLUTION
TO REQUEST THAT THE DIXIE CHICKS APOLOGIZE TO THE MILITARY FAMILIES IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE UNITED STATES FOR THE UNPATRIOTIC AND UNNECESSARY COMMENTS MADE BY THEIR LEAD SINGER BEFORE THEY BEGIN THEIR UNITED STATES TOUR ON MAY 1, 2003, IN GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO REQUEST THAT THEY PERFORM A FREE CONCERT FOR TROOPS AND MILITARY FAMILIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA AS AN EXPRESSION OF THEIR SINCERITY.
Whereas, the Dixie Chicks are a popular and influential country music group from Texas; and
Whereas, before a recent London concert, Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, said that she was ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas; and
Whereas, members of the United States Armed Forces are outraged at the anti-American sentiment expressed by the Dixie Chicks; and
Whereas, there is a large military presence in the State of South Carolina, whom the Dixie Chicks have offended by their comments; and