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July 24, 2006

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Colm

I knew David would just have to mention his poster girl again :)

David Vance

I knew you, or Mad, would say that ;-)

Colm

We may never have met but we know each other well :)

Emily

Don't be ridiculous, David. Any sacrifice beyond the noble "rolling hunger strike" would interfere with her press appearances.

David Vance

Yeah, she's starving for publicity.

Colm

I'm sure David would like to do some "rolling" with Cindy babe!

Emily

Colm,
Really. That's just obscene. There could be children reading.

Tom Tyler

Perhaps Cindy could go on tour with the Dixie Chicks? I hear they need some guest stars to boost their ticket sales...

ch in tx

Tom, I wrote about the Dixie Chicks situation on my blog. You're right in that the kind of people the so called Chicks from Dixie appeal to would love to to hear from Sheehan. Probably singing " I wanna be like Moses cuz he saw a Burning Bush."

Colm

The Dixie Chicks are doing fine. Sensible people can enjoy their music or not without feeling the need to drive them outta town just because they exercised their American right to free speech.

Emily

Actually, they had to cancel a number of shows. I'm sure they'll land on their feet okay. Not many people are beef-headed enough to not listen to music they enjoy because of politics.

However, my problem isn't that they "exercized their American right to free speech." People who criticized them were just doing the same thing. They somehow thought they were above being called out for what they said and then proceded to act like complete condescending jerks to their fans. Not to mention, this all happened three years ago and they're *still* milking it for all the attention they can get.

Colm

Emily

2 sides to the milking it business. Many of their detractors whose reaction in my opinion was hugely overblown , have banged on an on about "that" comment every time the Chicks pop their heads up. An entertainer makes a comment displaying her displeasure at her countries president. Big deal , it isn't compulsory to support the president, no-one should have made any fuss about it at all.

Madradin Ruad

Really. That's just obscene. There could be children reading.

It shocked ME , that's for sure Emily!

( no, wait, it's not shock, it's jealousy;) )

mahons

Colm:
The Dixie Chicks are within their rights to say whatever they want about Bush, I think it is silly for them to do it and then claim censorship if people who support Bush exercise their right to complain about the Dixie Chicks. You may be free from the overexposure where you are, but believe me the Chicks milked this for all it is worth in equal amounts as their detractors.

Emily

I agree, and I certainly don't think it's compulsary to support the president. I think most people's objections were that she said what she did in a foreign country to an audience where she knew she was safe in favorable agreement where she wouldn't suffer any immediate backlash. She probably thought nobody in the States would hear about it.

As for both sides milking it, they were the ones who kept bringing it up over and over and over again in interviews when their new album came out. Most of the rest of the country had completely forgotten about it. Besides, if they're going to write a song called "Not Ready To Make Nice" that bashes anyone who had the nerve to exercize THEIR free speech rights by calling Natalie Maines an idiot (which she is; she doesn't exactly come off like a real swiftie in interviews), she shouldn't be surprised when her fans aren't ready to do the same themselves.

Colm

Emily/Mahons

There shouldn't have been any backlash. Any more than lefties should lose their rag if a musician says he/she supports the president or the Iraq war. If there hadn't been such a ridiculous fuss made by "free speech haters" (and yes that's what they were, the ones who were burning cd's and calling them traitors ) the Chicks wouldn't have had anything to whine about on their interviews. I haven't heard of such a fuss since John Lennon made his 'bigger than Jesus' comment. It was an opinion . No need to burn the witches at the stake. Get over it !

daytripper

she said what she did in a foreign country to an audience where she knew she was safe in favorable agreement where she wouldn't suffer any immediate backlash.

that says more about her fear of what wouldve happened had she exercised her right to free speech inside the USA.

Emily

Daytripper,
She would have been abruptly booed by her audience (country music fans tend to lean towards the conservative side). I'm amazed by people who think free speech means the right to never be criticized for what they say. The only thing it says about her exercize in free speech is that her audience would have exercized theirs back.

Colm's right - I thought people over-reacted. But the Dixie Chicks also did so in turn by nailing themselves to crosses.

daytripper


ultimately its about profile emily and as usual people opt for the public gesture as punishment which is totally counter productive. it would have been better to stay silent, ignore the comment and stop buying their produce.

Emily

I totally agree, daytripper. But that's got nothing to do with the issue of free speech.

I call it the "Married With Children" effect. When that show first came out, its ratings were abysmal and it was seconds away from being cancelled and slipping into sit-com obscurity. Then some bored housewife in the Midwest decided it far too offended her Christian sensibilities and went on a national campaign to get it taken off the air. Everybody tuned in out of curiosity, the ratings soared, and it went on to be one of the longest running television programs in history. Rumor has it that the cast and crew sent the housewife a nice arrangement of flowers at the opening of every subsequent season.

Tom Tyler

Personally I only watched it for Christina Applegate.

mahons

Colm:
I honestly don't care if they love Bush or hate him. Some of their tunes are quite good (Goodbye Earl is excellent), my only point was "artists" are so used to universal approval that they can't handle disapproval. If they want to make political statements then they've entered the arena and are subject to having their political statements criticised. I don't care what side they are coming from. If McCann recovers from his computer virus and starts playing the banjo that isn't going to keep him immune from criticism. Why should the Dixie Chicks get a free pass.

Madradin Ruad

Why should the Dixie Chicks get a free pass.

well, for starters they are a damn sight prettier than Andrew :)

That Damnable O'Dwyer!

If McCann recovers from his computer virus and starts playing the banjo that isn't going to keep him immune from criticism.

No, but it would be a step in the right direction :-)

Emily

How do you guys know he doesn't play the banjo already?

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