Dixie Chicks: The Bitter Backlash

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The Bitter Backlash
Singing the Star Spangled Banner at the 2003 Super Bowl was a true honor for Natalie Mines and all members of the Dixie Chicks. Their faces glittered with excitement, knowing that most American’s were watching their tribute to our Nation. The Dixie Chicks consisted of two sisters and a good friend, creating a unity of sisterhood. Weeks after their heartfelt performance in March 2003 the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines, a mother, a wife, a citizen, and a liberal, blurted out at a concert in London, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.” Natalie knew our country was just about ready to invade Iraq. She was very expressive of our nation’s leader criticizing him in such a time launched a huge debate in our Nation. Little did Natalie know the impact of her well publicized comment would have on her and the Dixie Chicks musical career. People burned their CD’s and banned the trio from radio play on most country stations, especially in the southern states. The Dixie Chicks received death threats and were boycotted so badly even their most supportive fans lost their commitment to The Dixie Chicks. The album The Long Way Home released in 2006, was three years in the making. The girls poured their heart and soul into their come back album, they concentrated more on setting the record straight, than their record sales. The album defends their right to their opinion about President Bush and expresses their anger toward the cruelty of many people that considered them unpatriotic just because they didn’t necessarily stand behind Bush in this debatable war. The album makes it well known to the world that the band is patriotic and supports the troops even though they didn’t believe in the mission set forth by our President. “Not Ready to Make Nice”, was a song of redemption. This song was telling the people who treated the band so harshly, that they were not about to forgive them...
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