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Dixie Chicks feel backlash at CMT show
The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 4/8/03 | Craig Seymour

Posted on 04/08/2003 5:34:05 AM PDT by Gothmog

Sometimes forgiveness is hard to come by, as the Dixie Chicks learned Monday night during CMT's annual Flameworthy Video Music Awards.

The trio, currently experiencing a heated backlash for criticizing President Bush during a London concert, didn't attend the event, which is like country's MTV Awards. But at least one presenter tried to put in a good word for them.

"We're in the South, a place of sin and redemption and hopefully forgiveness," said comedian Brett Butler. "So maybe in a couple of weeks, we'll just all try to forgive the Dixie Chicks."

Her words were met with a wall of boos.

Not only that, but the Chicks, one of country's all-time top-selling acts, failed to win any of the four awards for which they were nominated. This is especially significant since the Flameworthies are voted on by fans on CMT's Web site. (Voting closed April 5.) The group/duo category served as an especially biting example of anti-Chicks sentiment.

Though the Chicks' latest album, "Home," has sold more than 3 million copies, the group was beaten by country boy band Rascal Flatts, which has moved less than 500,000 units of its current set, "Melt."

The debate over the Chicks' comments is just one example of how country has emerged as the genre most immediately impacted by the war in Iraq. The current No.1 country song is Darryl Worley's pro-war ballad, "Have You Forgotten," which he performed to a standing ovation during the show. The tune plays like a Bush administration policy paper in linking 9/11 with the situation in Iraq. "And you say we shouldn't worry about bin Laden/Have you forgotten," Worley sang to the cheering crowd.

Others seemed to deliberately avoid commenting on the war. Sheryl Crow, who has worn anti-war clothing and accessories at other award shows this year, simply donned a black Johnny Cash T-shirt when performing "Picture," her hit duet with Kid Rock.

Predictably, the most outspoken artist on the war was firebrand Toby Keith, who co-hosted the program with the seemingly inflatable Pamela Anderson. Early in the evening, he struck a subdued, conciliatory note: "Whether you're for it or against it, let's support the guys and girls who are over there."

But by the end of the night he was performing a medley of Merle Haggard's "Fightin' Side of Me" with his own chest-thumping 9/11 anthem, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," amid blazing pyrotechnic blasts and showers of confetti.

When "Courtesy" won best video, Keith said, "I'd like to dedicate this great award to Mr. Rumsfeld [Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] and [General] Tommy Franks and all the people putting it down for us over there. . . . God bless the USA, baby."


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To: Gothmog
"We're in the South, a place of sin and redemption and hopefully forgiveness," said comedian Brett Butler. "So maybe in a couple of weeks, we'll just all try to forgive the Dixie Chicks."

The Nashville Equivalent of a D.C. "Test Float"? aka Brett Butler, parakeet in the Dixie Chicks' mining expedition.

101 posted on 04/08/2003 8:19:03 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (successful, educated unauthentic latina--in Patrick Leahy's eyes, at least)
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To: TC Rider
Brett Butler is Ann Lewis with a southern accent.

Never cared for that dumb show, Grace under Fire, of hers either.

Okay, now I can put a face with that name. I'd almost forgotten about her. Butler is truly an icon of the Clinton era - a *very* thin veneer of "Hollywood" not quite concealing the trailer trash that lies beneath.

102 posted on 04/08/2003 8:19:13 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: Gothmog
bump
104 posted on 04/08/2003 8:22:58 AM PDT by Lady Eileen
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To: All
Remember who owns CMT?

Viacom. Their other holdings a MTV, Vh1, CBS (and CBS News), BET, etc.

105 posted on 04/08/2003 8:27:07 AM PDT by legman ("If God is for us, who can be against us?")
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To: Sam Cree
I just knew that something was more "chicken" and "chic" than "chix" with the Dixie Chicks when, during a special with James Taylor, Natalie went on and on about how she listened to him as a child, he was her idol, singing with him was an honor, blah, blah, blah.... When she was a child, he was a drug-taking elite Eastcoast psycho, most admired by anti-war, back-to-the-land hippies. I don't remember too many Young Republicans going to James Taylor concerts back then.
107 posted on 04/08/2003 8:27:27 AM PDT by MHT
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To: Gothmog
Someone on another board said Dixie chicks on Dave may have been a rerun, but I'm not sure...
109 posted on 04/08/2003 8:35:27 AM PDT by Charlie OK
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To: Tennessee_Bob
"...met with a wall of boos"

Here's one for you 80's music fans:

What banishes your records to Mexican radio? A wall boos do

110 posted on 04/08/2003 8:37:25 AM PDT by BSunday (Two words, Saddam - Buh-bye)
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To: BSunday
I'm on a Mexican whoa-oo Radio....

I wish I was in Tijuana
Eating barbequed iquana......


Ahhh...flashbacks.
111 posted on 04/08/2003 8:43:37 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: Gothmog
a wall of boos.

A wall of boos? Wasn't that something invented by Phil Spector in the 60s?

112 posted on 04/08/2003 8:43:51 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: Gothmog
Who's Kid Rock? What's semi-country? Is that short for semitic country, as in Kinky Friedman and His Texas Jewboys?
113 posted on 04/08/2003 8:45:01 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: TonyRo76; 666beast
Toby Keith has been one of my favorites for awhile, partly because I like his attitude, and partly because he is often seen on the sidelines at OU games. And normally I don't care for recent country music (classic country I like). I would love to see him cover a rock tune and have some crossover success. I think a perfect one for him would be "Hey, hey what can I do?" by Zeppelin. I honestly think if he did that, he could be high on the rock charts as well. What do you think?
114 posted on 04/08/2003 8:45:31 AM PDT by Charlie OK
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To: Gothmog
I'm hip and I hop to country & western, so there!
115 posted on 04/08/2003 8:45:47 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: Gothmog
And wouldn't the correct way of saying be 'Kid Rocks' or 'Kids Rock'?
116 posted on 04/08/2003 8:48:20 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: Gothmog
I like Clint Black's new song I Raq and Roll

- download free - http://www.clintblack.com/
117 posted on 04/08/2003 8:51:47 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: submarinerswife
"Glad that Toby Keith won. Natalie Maines slammed him awhile back for his "Red, White and Blue". She has always had a big mouth".


I think the backlash the Blixies are feeling also are related to her comments about TK. That caused enough of an uproar, basically calling TK and his fans stupid rednecks. Then her Bush comments really blew the lid off things.
118 posted on 04/08/2003 8:52:59 AM PDT by JacksonCalhoun (No truth to the rumor that Baghdad Bob is visting Iowa and New Hampshire soon)
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To: demosthenes the elder
We will gladly donate some empty California Wine bottles to be broken for her crawl.
119 posted on 04/08/2003 8:54:49 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (If you like a Strong Free Republic, become a monthly donor! Freedom isn't free!)
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To: sarasota
And Kid Rock plays with Hank Jr.
120 posted on 04/08/2003 8:54:59 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: legman
It's not necessarily a "freedom of speech" issue. What got everybody hot here was the fact that she went over to England and shot off her mouth, when we were at war. She can go on Letterman or Leno or Regis or Oprah and say what she said and have to live with it. But it was just a lousy shot at Bush as part of her stage patter, when she was in another country. No one is saying she shouldn't speak her mind, but when all of us travel overseas, we have to keep our wits about us.

Natalie could just have easily said she "loved England" and that she hoped we could all just get along, and there would have been barely a ripple. But the mean-spritedness and location of her remarks is what has got my shorts in a wad!

121 posted on 04/08/2003 8:56:39 AM PDT by mumbo
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To: Gothmog
When "Courtesy" won best video, Keith said, "I'd like to dedicate this great award to Mr. Rumsfeld [Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] and [General] Tommy Franks and all the people putting it down for us over there. . . . God bless the USA, baby."


ONE more reason, in case I needed one, to love this guy.
122 posted on 04/08/2003 8:57:05 AM PDT by seams2me
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To: Charlie OK
great suggestion.

toby keith should go with it.

i think the countryboys just need to rock, jam and groove more.

record country music by all means, but make it up tempo so that i can get down to it.

try and make some jammin' country that i can exercise to and dance to, but that's tough since one doesn't want to be corny.
123 posted on 04/08/2003 8:58:04 AM PDT by 666beast
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To: Gothmog
The tune plays like a Bush administration policy paper in linking 9/11 with the situation in Iraq. "And you say we shouldn't worry about bin Laden/Have you forgotten," Worley sang to the cheering crowd.

They just can't stand it that people who like good music and buy CDs are also patriotic and they have to put in a snide comment! Standing ovation for Worley! NOW do you get it?

124 posted on 04/08/2003 9:02:49 AM PDT by arasina (PRAY for our troops, our president, our journalists, the POWs and the innocents!)
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To: FreedomPoster
I'll have to get one of those. I can only listen to Classic Country on the AM side around here.

They have those XM's that will connect up to you current stereo? I have about $2,000 into my system and do not want to replace the Eclipse Head unit.
125 posted on 04/08/2003 9:02:52 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: 666beast
thanks. now how do I get my idea to Toby!? I have had this idea for awhile, as I think it would be huge. HHWCID is such a great tune, and it would fit along perfectly into his musical style, I would think. I guess the next time I see him at a game, I will just yell from the stands!

I saw Garth Brooks at the store the other day. Toby better hope I don't get the message to him first! ;^ )

126 posted on 04/08/2003 9:03:58 AM PDT by Charlie OK
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To: TomGuy
Jeanene Garofalo is going to crawl to the White House over broken glass on her knees if/when chem weapons are found in Iraq.

Oh, no, did she really say that? Where do we send our glasses and bottles?

127 posted on 04/08/2003 9:04:19 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: mumbo
Mumbo, did you read my entire post? I don't think we disagree.
128 posted on 04/08/2003 9:07:12 AM PDT by legman ("If God is for us, who can be against us?")
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To: Charlie OK
IT WAS A RERUN....Trailer Trash
129 posted on 04/08/2003 9:08:41 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa
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To: Hatteras; Gothmog; TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa
The Dixie Chicks appearance last night on Letterman was defintitely a rerun, from at least six months ago. Letterman mentioned a woman with a movie coming out in September.
130 posted on 04/08/2003 9:09:14 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Gothmog
http://www.tennessean.com/entertainment/news/archives/03/04/31307020.shtml?Element_ID=31307020

This is the local Nashville story..
131 posted on 04/08/2003 9:09:51 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: wi jd
Kid Rock also sings "Country Boys can Survive" and some other Hank Jr. songs.

Hank Jr.'s F-word song is funny - singing to his "son" Kid Rock "We don't use the F-word in Country Music".
132 posted on 04/08/2003 9:10:04 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: Charlie OK
They are trailer trash. I mean. She looked so much dumber this time around.
133 posted on 04/08/2003 9:11:42 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa
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To: Gothmog
MARSHAL TUCKER BAND, and TY NELSON will be doing a COUNTER-CONCERT TO THE DIXIE CHICKS CONCERT on May 1 with Mike Gallagher hosting. The DIXIE CHICKS launch of their North America leg of their current tour is on this same day of this Marshal Tucker concert. In the same community and on the same date that the CHICKS start CLUCKING. How great is that!!

The concert is at Spartenburg Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, South Carolina. It is a CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE U.S. MILITARY FAMILIES AND TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. If you are unable to attend you can still show support by purchasing tickets and giving them to military families in the area. For all the information regarding this GREAT IDEA, see:

http://www.have-you-forgotten.org (then click on the Gallagher's Army link); or try
http://www.have-you-forgotten.org/GallaghersArmy.htm (couldn't get that to go through this morning)

You can link to ticket sales site from these sites. Gallagher's site give info on how to get tickets to military families. The tickets are very reasonable. What a great gift for our military families.
134 posted on 04/08/2003 9:12:03 AM PDT by bekka
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To: Gothmog
Flameworthy Video Music Awards?
135 posted on 04/08/2003 9:15:05 AM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Under the Radar
She ain't an artist, she is crap, got in the biz by humpin' Clapton...until he dumped her skank ass.
136 posted on 04/08/2003 9:18:34 AM PDT by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: TonyRo76
"We have liberals in the genre, too ... Mary Chapin Carpenter
"I'm sorry to hear that :( Her music is wonderful; a very ‘traditional’ Country sound."


Liberal or not, Chapin's a great musician and one of the best songwriter/storytellers around. I NEVER liked country music until I started hearing MCC (thanks to my Nashville wife).

If I only listened to right-wing musicians or watched right-wing actors, well, I'd probably read a lot more.
137 posted on 04/08/2003 9:20:53 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Love, peace, and harmony: Very nice, very nice, very nice...but maybe in the next world.)
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To: Stultis
I doubt she said that.
138 posted on 04/08/2003 9:22:43 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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139 posted on 04/08/2003 9:32:13 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: Gothmog
When "Courtesy" won best video, Keith said, "I'd like to dedicate this great award to Mr. Rumsfeld [Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] and [General] Tommy Franks and all the people putting it down for us over there. . . . God bless the USA, baby."

Tears of joy. These men deserve an award.

140 posted on 04/08/2003 9:32:42 AM PDT by swheats
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To: TonyRo76
Clint Black's new song I Raq and Roll

- download free - http://www.clintblack.com/
141 posted on 04/08/2003 9:35:31 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I doubt she said that.

You may be right. I don't have Lexus-Nexus, but a Google search didn't turn up anything, except stuff like a reviewer at Amazon saying he'd rather walk across broken glass than reread one of the bespectacled one's books.

142 posted on 04/08/2003 9:38:45 AM PDT by Stultis
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143 posted on 04/08/2003 9:44:52 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: Stultis
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,83365,00.html

Very last paragraph- a statement that resembles it.
144 posted on 04/08/2003 9:46:10 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: Landru
Those two dumped their friend and original member of the group for the anti bush ditz. They deserve what they get.
145 posted on 04/08/2003 9:52:11 AM PDT by winodog (The problem is sin. The solution is Christ.)
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To: Under the Radar
Okay, I'm no country fan, but I was raised in Kentucky, so I know this for sure:

Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakum (sp?), David Alan Coe, etc. = country music.
Kid Suck, Cheryl Crow, Ditzy Chunks, etc. = NOT COUNTRY!!

And what's this "country boy band" S**T?!?

I imagine Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and a few others would love to get hold of that bunch of little dancing queers and give 'em a big ol' a**-whuppin' lesson on what's country and what isn't.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

146 posted on 04/08/2003 9:57:30 AM PDT by wku man
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To: Sam Cree
"Yeah, but aren't the chx going around referring to their fans as "radical right wingers?"

Maybe they are being advised by fellow Texan, Paul Begala.
149 posted on 04/08/2003 10:21:16 AM PDT by billhilly
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