September 06, 2006

Whom The Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad

That quote from Euripides certainly ran through my mind when I read this description of the new documentary about the Ditzy Slits Dixie Chicks.

Filmmakers have created a nonchronological story to emphasize the Greek tragedy behind the Dixie Chicks' spiral into country music's public enemy No. 1. The Chicks vs. President Bush, the Chicks vs. Toby Keith, the Chicks vs. country radio -- every antagonistic angle is covered, and yet Maines, Emily Robison and Martie McGuire persevere, with their chroniclers providing a sympathetic tone to their every struggle.

And their actions following Natalie Maines’ stupid comment about President Bush while on stage in England certainly appear insane to me.

Maines is seen backstage at Shepherds Bush Empire asking for an update on the just-launched war in Iraq; within hours -- with cameras rolling -- she offhandedly says, "We're ashamed the president is from Texas," the home state of both Bush and the Chicks. She makes the statement, turns to a bandmate and laughs.

The press makes hay of her comment, and the Chicks and management go into damage-control mode, which will last nearly three years. There's the famous nude Entertainment Weekly magazine cover shoot, the Diane Sawyer interview and the protests at concerts.

Yes. But there is something that gets out. Rather than apologize for offending their fans (which would have been sufficient for me, who was prepared to buy tickets for their 2003 concert in Houston), they sounded a defiant note. Rather than acknowledge that those who were offended had a right to disagree, the band instead painted themselves as the victims of some McCarthyistic furor. Not only that, but they and their supporters acted as if the band was entitled to airplay and album sales – an insane proposition that placed the band’s freedom of speech above the rights of the rest of the American public.

The Left likes to tell us the Ditzy Slits Dixie Chicks were censored for their political speech. There is some truth to that claim – but not the way that the advocates for the band would have the public believe. Millions of Americans did censor band by turning them off and refusing to buy their albums and tickets. Hundreds of radio stations, reacting to listener pressure, censored them by dropping the band from playlists. All of this censorship, though, was of a sort that the Constitution permits – and at no time did the government act against the band, which is prohibited under the First Amendment. The rights of the band were respected, but so were the rights of millions of Americans to express their disapproval with their wallets.

After all, while the girls have every right to speak and sing, they have no right to an audience or a paycheck

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yeah but they still have more depth-and wisdom when it comes to Iraq, than chickenhawk Toby.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 9, 2006 11:33 AM ||

Gee, which has been to Iraq, and which has beenin the US shooting off their yaps? 

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 9, 2006 10:08 PM ||

Would the Chicks be welcomed by the indoctrinated troops  who believe they are getting revenge for Saddam's role in 9/11?No matter, did Toby go out on Michael Yon style excursions, exposing himself to RPGs?

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 10, 2006 06:26 PM ||

Given that the Zogbys are among the leading apologists for terrorism, I discount anything their polls have to say.

And my question to you is this -- did the band make any effort to go, or have they tucked tail and stayed away? After all, even an anti-Bush buffoon like Al Franken has been welcomed in Iraq.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 10, 2006 06:49 PM ||

You're an Arab-hating bigot, which is why you won't accept the poll results of an Arab-American
scientific endeavour. And the Chicks can be said to be respectful of private property and honoring the Iraqis by refusing to trespass.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, September 11, 2006 12:36 PM ||

No -- I don't accept the word of an apologist for terrorism.

And I find it interesting that you have switched gears -- first you indicate that the bird-brains would not have been allowed to go, then you claim thay stayed home on principle.  Make up your mind!

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, September 11, 2006 01:32 PM ||

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