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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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Ha ha ha.
1 posted on 04/08/2003 5:34:05 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: Gothmog
" "So maybe in a couple of weeks, we'll just all try to forgive the Dixie Chicks."

Yeah, but aren't the chx going around referring to their fans as "radical right wingers?"

2 posted on 04/08/2003 5:38:01 AM PDT by Sam Cree (liberals are the axis of evil)
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To: Gothmog; hellinahandcart
"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."

Sniff. Sniff. The AJC simply can't stand it, can they?

3 posted on 04/08/2003 5:38:08 AM PDT by sauropod (I'm a man... But I can change... If I have to.... I guess...................)
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To: Gothmog
good.
if TDC desire forgiveness, they should repent and do pennance first... to earn it.
4 posted on 04/08/2003 5:39:21 AM PDT by demosthenes the elder (The Jesuits TRAINED me - they didn't TAME me)
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To: Gothmog
HA ha ha, and Cluck, cluck cluck for the Dixie Chickens!
5 posted on 04/08/2003 5:39:38 AM PDT by Guna
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To: Gothmog
"a wall of boos"

HAH AHAHAHAHA
6 posted on 04/08/2003 5:41:26 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: Gothmog
It's funny, I've been listening more to both Country and Western music lately.
7 posted on 04/08/2003 5:41:53 AM PDT by stevio
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To: Gothmog
Butler is a longtime liberal and Clintoon-Goreon supporter. I'm not surprised by her comments.
8 posted on 04/08/2003 5:42:00 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Gothmog
*Ha ha ha.*

Well, I think you just about said it all!

The article still manages to carry this tone of wounded, superior dismay, doesn't it? The writer is so put off that this significant portion of the public should be so offended at AMERICANS spitting on the President in wartime, in a foreign country; and that they should rally for the troops AND their commander AND their country.

The just-don't-get-it phenomenon spreads a broad net.

Dan
9 posted on 04/08/2003 5:42:03 AM PDT by BibChr (BILL CLINTON: obscure 20th-c fig, name eventually struck from Presidential role [22nd Cent Enc])
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To: Gothmog
the seemingly inflatable Pamela Anderson

Line of the day.

10 posted on 04/08/2003 5:43:29 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: BibChr
The article still manages to carry this tone of wounded, superior dismay, doesn't it? The writer is so put off that this significant portion of the public should be so offended at AMERICANS spitting on the President in wartime, in a foreign country; and that they should rally for the troops AND their commander AND their country.

Ditzy Twits do it overseas, John Kerry does it at home.

11 posted on 04/08/2003 5:45:28 AM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: Gothmog
I'm guessing there are still out of the country so they had an excuse to not show up. What a display of support for the war effort this show brought to television. Right on.
12 posted on 04/08/2003 5:45:50 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: stevio
We have liberals in the genre, too (like Pam Tillis, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Van Shelton and Marty Stuart). Curiously, JMM had a hit about a girl who was put in a Christian foster home and lived happily ever after. That song would have been booed loudly at the Democrap Convention.
13 posted on 04/08/2003 5:46:36 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Gothmog
Could someone explain to me why Sheryl Crow was performing at the CMA? Isn't she a pop artist?
14 posted on 04/08/2003 5:50:05 AM PDT by Under the Radar
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To: Gothmog
Brett Butler was a druggie-obvious that she still has the habit.
And.....hahaha.
Glad that Toby Keith won. Natalie Maines slammed him awhile back for his "Red, White and Blue". She has always had a big mouth.
15 posted on 04/08/2003 5:50:47 AM PDT by submarinerswife (http://www.lzxray.com/)
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To: Gothmog
Let's try this again: Could someone explain to me why Sheryl Crow was performing at the CMT Awards? Isn't she a pop artist?
16 posted on 04/08/2003 5:51:13 AM PDT by Under the Radar (Shouldn't post early in the morning...)
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To: Under the Radar
"Could someone explain to me why Sheryl Crow was performing at the CMA? Isn't she a pop artist?"

She has a duo out with KidRock who is semi country.
17 posted on 04/08/2003 5:51:47 AM PDT by submarinerswife (http://www.lzxray.com/)
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To: Gothmog
Brett Butler is more liberal than Carville, Joe Conason, Robert Scheer and Eleanor Rodham Clift.
18 posted on 04/08/2003 5:52:19 AM PDT by capt. norm
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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."

Brett Butler, who is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HOLLYWOOD. Twenty bucks says she's a personal friend who was asked by one of the Saddam Sluts to float a question like this at the CMTs to gauge reaction.

Well girls, you got your reaction. You're dead. Enjoy!

19 posted on 04/08/2003 5:53:00 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Under the Radar
She's hooked up with country. Has performed with Willie Nelson and Kid Rock (?!) I'm thinking that's how Pamela got in on the picture--her relationship with Kid. And Kid's relationship/song with Cheryl. Yeah, and where is that $18,000 diamond encrusted Peace bracelet she wore to the Grammy's?? Maybe even she is feeling some heat--finally.
20 posted on 04/08/2003 5:53:47 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: demosthenes the elder
if TDC desire forgiveness, they should repent and do pennance first... to earn it.

Jeanene Garofalo is going to crawl to the White House over broken glass on her knees if/when chem weapons are found in Iraq. Maybe TDC can make a similar committment. JG has been seen at the local malls looking for kneepads.
21 posted on 04/08/2003 5:53:47 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Under the Radar
She has a hit country duet with Kid Rock. 70s redux continues.
22 posted on 04/08/2003 5:54:17 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Gothmog
Her words were met with a wall of boos.

What? I thought only Freepers didn't like them. This implies that there are others out there that don't like them. This can't be!

23 posted on 04/08/2003 5:54:32 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Actually, the front page of the AJC web site just has a little picture of Anderson and a caption about her. I clicked on it hoping to check out the inflatables, but I got a much better article instead.
24 posted on 04/08/2003 5:54:48 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: Gothmog
Merle Haggard's "Fightin' Side of Me"

GREAT song.

25 posted on 04/08/2003 5:54:56 AM PDT by Huck
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To: stevio
I too like all kinds of music, both Country and Western.
26 posted on 04/08/2003 5:55:42 AM PDT by handy
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To: stevio
Have you heard Claude Kings "Cowboy in the White House? Borrowed my current tagline from it.

http://www.tillmanfranks.com/cowboyinthewhitehouse.htm
27 posted on 04/08/2003 5:56:09 AM PDT by barker (Sometimes it takes a cowboy to know just what to do ......)
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To: TomGuy
Garaflo- or what ever the hell her name is, will NEVER apologize. Have you ever known a LIB to admit they're wrong?
28 posted on 04/08/2003 5:56:19 AM PDT by submarinerswife (http://www.lzxray.com/)
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To: Gothmog
BUMP
29 posted on 04/08/2003 5:56:51 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: BibChr
Hey, I'm just glad someone covered it. I have not seen any other reporting of the event. If anyone saw it on TV, I'm sure we'd all like some additional reactions.
30 posted on 04/08/2003 5:57:18 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: Gothmog; All
During the basketball game last night CBS advertised the Dixie Chicks were going to be on the Letterman show. I didn't stay up to watch but I was curious if anybody saw them. Anybody?
31 posted on 04/08/2003 5:57:26 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: submarinerswife
Garaflo- or what ever the hell her name is, will NEVER apologize. Have you ever known a LIB to admit they're wrong?

So true...Alec Baldwin is still here. I think she made that statement on FoxNews at the interview where Brian Kilmeade took her apart. I'm sure Brian kept a copy of THAT video in a vault. After this is all over and the chems are confirmed, I hope he reminds her constantly of her committment.
32 posted on 04/08/2003 5:59:09 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Gothmog
Kudos to Toby and his tribute!
33 posted on 04/08/2003 5:59:49 AM PDT by smiley
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To: sarasota; submarinerswife; Huck
Thank you all for the replies. Shows how out of it I am-- I thought Kidd Rock was a wrestler! :0)
34 posted on 04/08/2003 6:00:07 AM PDT by Under the Radar (Shouldn't post early in the morning...)
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To: Gothmog
"So maybe in a couple of weeks...."

Such a short timeline for the critical to heal from the self-inflicted wound.

I was thinking about getting ready to almost reconsider my disappointment in them: maybe so in a couple of weeks....

35 posted on 04/08/2003 6:00:34 AM PDT by azhenfud
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To: Hatteras
Nope, but if anyone saw Letterman or the CMT, do us a favor and post an account.
36 posted on 04/08/2003 6:01:45 AM PDT by Gothmog
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To: GraniteStateConservative
liberals like...Kathy Mattea

Oh man, can't go to the movies, now I can't listen to my only country CDs. I love her voice, it's like velvet.

37 posted on 04/08/2003 6:02:02 AM PDT by mommybain
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To: stevio
>>I've been listening more to both Country and Western music lately.

I just put an XM satellite radio system in my car. While I have not generally been a country fan, I've spent some time listen to the "Hank's Place" channel which is "classic country". I'm liking it!

XM also has the FNC audio feed, which has been nice to have.

http://www.xmradio.com/programming/full_channel_listing.jsp?sort=number
40 posted on 04/08/2003 6:04:43 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: Gothmog
This is what I found on the CMT website-no mention of any comments about them from the other winners

"Explaining that the south is “a place of sin and redemption and, hopefully, forgiveness,” Butler added, “Maybe in a couple weeks we’ll just all try to forgive the Dixie Chicks, okay?” When boos began drifting onstage from the crowd, Butler joked, “You boo me up in that seat. By the time you get down here to kick my ass, I’ll be gone.” She added, “Everybody in here’s a good American, so just stop it.”
41 posted on 04/08/2003 6:05:37 AM PDT by submarinerswife (http://www.lzxray.com/)
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To: Hatteras
It was a rerun methinks. That way they could perform without boos and dodging furniture. There is a definite attempt of CPR being done.
42 posted on 04/08/2003 6:06:10 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa
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To: submarinerswife
That's a first. I have *never* heard Kid Rock described as "semi country".

I can't wait to try that one out on my sixteen-year-old son. I predict a look of shock, dismay, followed by laughter.
43 posted on 04/08/2003 6:07:09 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: TomGuy; mhking; Sabertooth; JohnHuang2; dyed_in_the_wool; Grampa Dave; nopardons; summer; All
Ohhhhhh, that's RIGHT!
I had totally forgotten about Jeanine's silly little oath to crawl on hands and knees over broken glass to the White House to deliver her abject apology to Dubya.
I bet SHE has forgotten, too.
I think we need to REMIND her, yes?
I think we need to start a FReep/online-petition now for that very purpose.
How does one go about doing such a thing?
44 posted on 04/08/2003 6:07:54 AM PDT by demosthenes the elder (The Jesuits TRAINED me - they didn't TAME me)
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To: Gothmog
Brett Butler? I she had OD'd by now.
46 posted on 04/08/2003 6:08:57 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: FreedomPoster
I did flip over to the awards long enough to catch Kid Rock in the audience with Hank Williams, Jr. as Kid Rock was sneaking a quick swig out of a whiskey miniature.
48 posted on 04/08/2003 6:10:00 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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"That's a first. I have *never* heard Kid Rock described as "semi country".
Actually he performs w/Hank Williams Jr and Hank referrs to him a an adopted son. Kind of sick, isn't it?
49 posted on 04/08/2003 6:10:24 AM PDT by submarinerswife (http://www.lzxray.com/)
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To: Gothmog
bump
50 posted on 04/08/2003 6:11:28 AM PDT by RippleFire
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