Shut Up and Sing- Analysis and Reflections

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The Dixie Chicks concert at the Shepard's Bush Empire Theatre in London on March 10, 2003 erupted controversy between the band and conservative groups in the U.S. During the introduction to their song "Travelin Soldier", ‘Natalie Maines’, a Texas native, commented onThe announcement from The White House, authorizing of the invasion of Iraq.

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Though the atmosphere in Britain welcomed the opinion, the Guardian, an english Newspaper amended Maines’ statement ““Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” The observation was not looked at kindly in the US.

At the conclusion of the Top of the world tour, and in the following months, The band was concerned with the fact that the sponsor of the event, Lipton was having issues with the partnership and several country and broader radio stations had not played their music in a few weeks. they were concerned with a boycott and though their manager Simon Renshaw is seen trying to convince them that all will be well as he guides them through the deceptive and intricate music Industry. Eventually, radio stations pulled their music from playlists, conservative political commentators organized boycotts and protests against group, and during shows the Chicks became targets of death threats. The film progresses to focus on the effect that these protests had on the group, as well as the gradual upturn of its career as Bush’s popularity waned.

In its entirety though the movie gives a lot of focus to the initial spark as well as both side’s retaliation, one aspect of the subtext beneath it is clear. Whatever was said by the artists at their concerts, they may not have meant to say at a political foroum. the results of this, plainly shown for both sides can be attributed to the freedom of speech, as with freedom...
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