While on a concert tour in London on March 10, 2003, Natalie Maines told her audience: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
Now was that being gutsy? Or was it a spur of the moment shot fired off the hip?
I'm not sure about either, but how Natalie and the Dixie Chicks handled what followed certainly showed courage. The witch hunt by the machine run by Bush left no doubt about the President's displeasure. Radio stations pulled their music off the air. Dixie Chicks merchandise was destroyed. The ladies were branded traitors. Natalie received death threats. Yes, in the country that prides itself on free speech. And if Saddam and his armed troops couldn't take on Bush, how on earth were 3 young women with guitars and violins going to?
It's all been documented in a a film called 'Shut up and sing' released only in the US. And as I wait to get myself a copy, I'm going to buy every Dixie Chicks album. Oh, I already have.
Well, with Democrat victories in the recent elections, I certainly hope that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the reign of the biggest tyrant of the century. America and the world will certainly be a better place.
Here are links to a few videos:
The protest song 'Not ready to make nice'
Dixie Chicks Destruction in Bossier, LA
Dixie Chicks "Shut Up and Sing"
"Shut up and sing" trailer
Trailer and clips