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Dixie Chicks at a Crossroads (more detail on the F.U.T.K. t-shirt)
Washington Dispatch ^ | May 28, 2003 | CK Rairden

Posted on 05/28/2003 8:25:09 AM PDT by fightinJAG

Dixie Chicks at a Crossroads

Exclusive commentary by CK Rairden

May 28, 2003

The Dixie Chicks were doing so well. Lead singer Natalie Maines had finally shut up, and the country artists had been cheered on their American concert tour for their music. Then came the prestigious American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The very mention of their name drew a chorus of boos from the crowd.

“Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas, lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in March. The Chicks took heat for that remark for weeks, so much so that they went on a ‘victim tour’ to attempt to garner sympathy from their fans. They cried on the ABC magazine show “Prime Time.” They sat for an interview that ran in the magazine Entertainment Weekly, and posed for an apparently heavily airbrushed nude cover shot with slogans transcribed all over their bods.

They claimed they were being harassed and threatened and released information that they would hire off duty police officers to protect them. The victim card was played then the Chicks then held their breath and opened their tour in Greenville, South Carolina.

It went well as those who paid to see the Chicks greeted the band with cheers and not jeers.

It continued that way for all of their tour dates. Folks who paid to see them generally cheered, the Chicks kept their mouths shut except to sing and their fans supported them.

Then came the prestigious Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. It started out poorly for the Chicks as hostess Reba McEntire joked about them in her open monologue twice to a howling response from their peers.

This crowd in Las Vegas seemed less forgiving as none of them paid to see the Chicks perform. At the mention of the Chicks name, boos scattered down from the crowd.

But it still wasn’t all that bad.

The big problem for the country music trio came when they were asked at the last moment to perform via satellite from Austin, Texas. Silence greeted the band in the Vegas auditorium as they were introduced. They played a tune that was broadcast on screen and as the camera zoomed in on lead singer and political commentator Natalie Maines you could see the letters F.U.T.K on her homemade t-shirt.

Most believe the T.K stands for Toby Keith, a country music superstar in his own right and singer of the very patriotic song “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” (The Angry American.) It doesn’t take much to figure out what the F.U. stood for.

The patriotic country music fans in Vegas didn’t like the vulgar statement.

Toby Keith wrote that song after 9/11 in honor of his late father and it became an anthem for music fans that believed America had to defend itself after the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers.

It was also a song that former POW Pfc. Patrick Miller sang to his captors while being held in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Toby Keith even met Miller at his homecoming parade in Valley Center, Kansas and struck up a duet of the tune with the private. He then gave Miller his guitar from that day. It was a nice gesture by Keith, and fans appreciated it across America.

So once again, with her petty message to Keith, Natalie Maines gave the appearance of being ungrateful and unpatriotic.

The Vegas crowd would soon let her know about it.

Their name was then mentioned for entertainer of the year and the boos were thunderous. Presenter Vince Gill tried to quiet the crowd, but to no avail. This entire ceremony was a celebration of music and patriotism, and the Chicks were still perceived to be the exact opposite of that.

The show saluted the armed forces several times, including a standing ovation for three freed POWs of the Iraq war who were invited on stage. Pfc. Miller was there along with Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Young Jr. from Fort Hood, Texas and Spc. Shoshana Johnson, from Fort Bliss, Texas.

Johnson was shown misty-eyed as Darryl Worley sang his patriotic anthem for the soldiers “Have You Forgotten?”

The crowd had no patience for the Dixie Chicks and their anti-war stance.

The Dixie Chicks lost the entertainer of the year award to none other than Toby Keith, which pleased the Vegas fans. In fact they failed to win any awards.

Launch YAHOO! caught up with host Reba McEntire and asked her if she thought the Chicks' helped themselves to win back any support of the fans or fellow performers who were not happy with Maines' unpatriotic comment. McEntire made her opinion clear, “(It) didn't sound like it. I announced it, and it was a pretty big negative response. It was very, very bad. I don't think it's over.”

Reba is right.

The Chicks have lost respect from many country fans, many country artists, and many people who had never heard of them. Maines’ vulgar t-shirt showed clearly that she learned very little from her statements, or doesn’t mind the loss of respect.

It will be amazing if Maines doesn’t once again slip up, make another foolish statement and cause her band grief from country music fans and her peers. These three women are very talented musicians, but they are losing quite a few would be fans with perceived anti-American antics. The Chicks are at a crossroads. They can make a stand and attempt to become a political and social force with their music, words and t-shirts to a select anti-American crowd. Or they can continue to be country superstars. If they choose the latter--time can heal this, if that’s what the Chicks want.

All they have to do is shut up and sing.


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To: Joe Whitey
I certainly did not say Toby was above criticism. I said that Natalie's actions in dissing a song that meant a lot to soldiers, when those soldiers were being honored at the event at which she was singing, was in extremely poor taste.

Also what an artist does at one of his concerts cannot compare to what one does on national television, imho.
51 posted on 05/28/2003 9:13:49 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: Joe Whitey
P.S. Not that it matters, but Natalie started the fight by going on major media and calling "The Angry American" song "extreme" and ranting about it.

Still doesn't justify the F.U.T.K. t-shirt on national tv, if you ask me. She wore that specifically for tv, specifically because T.K. would be at the awards show.
53 posted on 05/28/2003 9:16:19 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: Joe Whitey
I didn't know that...and that does change everything.
54 posted on 05/28/2003 9:17:11 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Flurry

55 posted on 05/28/2003 9:17:28 AM PDT by tame (When it comes to the Beach Boys I'm allllllll ears!)
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To: Joe Whitey
The rant is complete with fake pictures of the DC with Saddam Hussein on the big screens. That is childish and tastless. What's wrong with her doing something similar in public, at a concert?

You may have missed the beginning....Natalie went out of her way to call Toby Keith a disgrace and embarassment to country music after he released courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. Why?
She claims the song is ignorant and makes country music sound ignorant. At first Keith said nothing in response...but her goading continued. So now he feels free to dis her during his concerts.....it's about time.
Toby Keith happens to be the first country music artist I've ever listened to, his song Courtesy touched a nerve. I feel personally slighted when the Vichy Chicks call his music ignorant.

57 posted on 05/28/2003 9:18:45 AM PDT by Katya
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To: zip
"...she thinks this is the way that everyone thinks." Don't think so. She's just on the side of the liberals and loves all the attention she's getting. Core country music fans have pretty much dismissed them into irrelevancy but then Natalie doesn't care. She's on her way to a pop crossover whether the two sisters like it or not.
58 posted on 05/28/2003 9:20:29 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: sarasota
Do you think she'll make it in pop?
60 posted on 05/28/2003 9:21:52 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: tame
This is scary! Where did you get that picture of me.
61 posted on 05/28/2003 9:22:28 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.)
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To: fightinJAG
She'll never make it in POP...audiences want young, wild things...Not three moms who play the fiddle.
62 posted on 05/28/2003 9:23:52 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: fightinJAG
I don't know; pop artists do things like pose naked and mouth off a lot (Madonna et. at.) But get this: the song she sang at the ACM awards was a solo. The sisters may have done some small back up vocals (can't remember), but it was all Natalie.
63 posted on 05/28/2003 9:24:13 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: fightinJAG
Maines is truly a classless wonder.... its a shame the sisters, while also leftist at least have business sense, allow her to keep acting like the little spoiled brat she is.
64 posted on 05/28/2003 9:24:29 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HEY4QDEMS
lol
65 posted on 05/28/2003 9:24:41 AM PDT by TLBSHOW (the gift is to see the truth)
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To: Joe Whitey
They started the feud with their criticism of "Courtesy..." they called it and the people who liked it Redneck. All I can say is Toby still has his fans.
67 posted on 05/28/2003 9:26:49 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.)
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To: HamiltonJay
Maines' father is some kind of music executive or producer, so she has those connections as well.
68 posted on 05/28/2003 9:27:05 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: Joe Whitey
I agree with Hildy: that makes all the difference in the world.
69 posted on 05/28/2003 9:28:20 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: Flurry

70 posted on 05/28/2003 9:29:05 AM PDT by tame (Comparin' the Daschle chimps to the beach boys is like comparin' a dog to a woman!)
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To: fightinJAG
He's a first class musician (sometimes does back up guitar for the chicks).
71 posted on 05/28/2003 9:29:18 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: sarasota
and loves all the attention she's getting

That is probably more accurate than my thoughts on the subject.

72 posted on 05/28/2003 9:29:21 AM PDT by zip
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To: Joe Whitey
She takes the first swing

Toby does nothing

She swings again

Toby does nothing

She takes aim at the POTUS and all who were with him.

Toby hits back

She comes out swinging on national television, at Toby and all who agree with him.

Toby lays her out for the count

You can defend her all you want, she is wrong and vulgar. I don't care what Toby is using during his concerts.
73 posted on 05/28/2003 9:29:31 AM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: FairWitness
The DC's would have lost my support because of their recent remarks, except they already had lost it long ago when they sang their "hit", "Earl's Gotta Die".

You are one of the few who has posted this. I lost interest in the Dixie Chicks as personalities when they released this song. Can you imagine someone releasing a light-hearted song like that about a man killing his wife? They would still be screaming about it today! However, very few ever commented on "Earl."

74 posted on 05/28/2003 9:30:19 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: Joe Whitey
Well defending the Vichy Chicks clearly illustrates that you have the dreaded head-up-ass syndrome.
75 posted on 05/28/2003 9:30:21 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: Joe Whitey
"The rant is complete with fake pictures of the DC with Saddam Hussein on the big screens. That is childish and tastless."

(Sob, sniffle) Are you Natalie Maines' "caddie"??

76 posted on 05/28/2003 9:30:36 AM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: sarasota
What's the plan for Boston?

Top Secret, unless you know the handshake.

77 posted on 05/28/2003 9:30:52 AM PDT by ElectricStrawberry
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To: Flurry

78 posted on 05/28/2003 9:30:53 AM PDT by tame (...or a gentleman!)
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To: fightinJAG
I think an IQ test is in order for this girl, I didn't think anybody could be that stupid.
79 posted on 05/28/2003 9:31:10 AM PDT by holdmuhbeer
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To: fightinJAG
They'll wind up doing Rock, with more soft-core porn to bolster the Rock image. Money will be OK in that marketplace.
80 posted on 05/28/2003 9:32:09 AM PDT by ninenot (Joe McCarthy was RIGHT, but Drank Too Much)
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To: Joe Whitey
I suspect you do not know what probably lead her to do that. Toby Keith, on his current tour, goes into a rant about Natalie before he plays "The Angry American". The rant is complete with fake pictures of the DC with Saddam Hussein on the big screens.

Ahhhhhhhh... This clears a lot up. Thank you.

81 posted on 05/28/2003 9:32:22 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: ElectricStrawberry
Well I hope that some city somewhere makes a statement loud enough for everyone to hear. I thought Texas would get with the program but it seems a few folks showed up with signs. A pity.
82 posted on 05/28/2003 9:32:40 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: fightinJAG
Earth to Fatalie...Dig up, stupid, dig up!!!
83 posted on 05/28/2003 9:33:20 AM PDT by Andonius_99
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To: Joe Whitey
DU alert. What have you been smoking this morning???
84 posted on 05/28/2003 9:33:40 AM PDT by tame (...or a gentleman!)
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To: CyberCowboy777
Thanks, Cowboy.
85 posted on 05/28/2003 9:33:59 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: ninenot
How will they combine three part harmony, a fiddle and steel guitar with "Rock"?
86 posted on 05/28/2003 9:34:08 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: tame
No hits this time I have a Chocolate Lab. Haaa!
87 posted on 05/28/2003 9:34:20 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.)
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To: ninenot
Who would you rather market your product to? Middle aged country music listeners? Or PoP/Rock download it as I need it crowd. She'll be wearin a FUKazza next.
88 posted on 05/28/2003 9:35:28 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa
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To: headsonpikes
Fascination with mere celebrity and celebrities is the least admirable characteristic of modern American life. That large numbers of people apparently give a rat's *ss about the uninformed opinions of an entertainer is a depressing thought.

GREAT POST! I don't understand why folks are so exercised about the Dixie Chicks, unless it is that they are disappointed that these girls aren't up to the standards of hero-worship that we are so wont to put on entertainers. Why is it a surprise that Natalie Maines is an air-headed bimbo? And you expected something else?

89 posted on 05/28/2003 9:35:40 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: Under the Radar
Don't think anyone is interested in hero-worshipping the Chix or any other entertainer. It's just they are a focal point for all many find wrong with the anti-war ranters. Also, getting celebrities to hear us once in a while is just fun.
90 posted on 05/28/2003 9:37:51 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG
Don't think anyone is interested in hero-worshipping the Chix or any other entertainer. It's just they are a focal point for all many find wrong with the anti-war ranters. Also, getting celebrities to hear us once in a while is just fun.

Hehe, good point. :)

91 posted on 05/28/2003 9:39:02 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: sarasota
They'll re-invent, dump the instruments, and just sing. Mebbe learn heavy metal guitar.

The soft-porn shot was a clear indicator that they are not 'country-music' people--they are strictly in it for the money.
94 posted on 05/28/2003 9:41:43 AM PDT by ninenot (Joe McCarthy was RIGHT, but Drank Too Much)
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To: ninenot
"heavy metal guitar" lessons can be had from Lisa Marie Presley's bank. Uh, does anyone think she can sing? Sounds like shouting to me.
95 posted on 05/28/2003 9:43:19 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Joe Whitey
Vichy Chicks as in those "wonderful" French who supported Vichy France during WWII. In fact, I bet these Sluts could make a living in France.
96 posted on 05/28/2003 9:44:07 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: sarasota
I mean, Lisa Marie Presley's "band" (not bank). Gotta slow down.
97 posted on 05/28/2003 9:44:29 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: fightinJAG
Don't forget that Gnatalie had questions. Having questions is a good point and everything should have stopped until she got answers. Answers follow. 1. You're an airhead Gnatalie so don't even try to figure out what your questions are. 2. See Answer 1.
98 posted on 05/28/2003 9:44:37 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.)
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To: fightinJAG
Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas

Just so you know, I am from Dixie, and I'm ashamed that someone might think that you reflect the views of those of us in Dixie.

99 posted on 05/28/2003 9:44:41 AM PDT by NCjim
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