Skip to comments.Not Ready to Make Nice (Dixie Chicks in Australia, STILL Whining About Free Republic)
Posted on 10/07/2006 1:04:19 PM PDT by kristinn
It's hard to believe this petite, well-mannered Texan - sitting opposite in a Sydney harbourside hotel - caused the kind of stir the music industry has not seen since John Lennon sang about being crucified in 1969.
It's the day before the band's first Australian concert on their Accidents and Accusations world tour.
Maines looks younger than her 31 years.
Aware she may sound "bizarre", the 31-year-old believes the vitriol directed at The Dixie Chicks was part of a right-wing conspiracy.
An organised group known as the Free Republic set out to bring the band down.
The organisation's power, she says, comes through the internet. The site has thousands of subscribers, all of whom were encouraged to destroy the band's music and boycott the radio stations that played it.
"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that.
"It's the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."
In the beginning, Maines says, they tried to fight their detractors. Their management tried to alert radio station programmers to what was happening.
"But they weren't open to it and just thought we were grasping at straws to try and salvage something," she says.
"It was just bigger than we could fight and we weren't willing to put ourselves out there to be made to look stupid if people weren't willing to investigate this thing and be open to it."
"For the Free Republic we were a dream come true; they made it their mission to take us down. Apparently we were not supposed to think like this because we play country music."
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Chaos theory..organised chaos..making sense of the sublime and inane.
In her little mind we are. It's easier for her to say we're an organized conspiracy out to get her than it is to say she messed up so bad she no longer has fans.
Natalie for the safety of those around you and yourself, please seek professional help.
Don't feel bad! I think they are adorable and very interesting. There is a meerkat named Yossarian on the Animal Planet show called Meerkat Manor. He has a few social problems-lol
Meerkat is a documentary/soap opera type show. It shows a troop of meerkats on their day to day activities and trials and tribilations.
Ted's waaayy overdue. (And I don't mean in heaven. Hey Ted! You don't have to worry about having to face Mary Jo Kopechne; she's in heaven. So don't sweat it.)
As for Natalie, I work in radio and I've been a member of FR since 1998 and had no idea there were organized FR meetings to discuss which musicians we were going to get banned from the radio next (I vote for Ashlee Simpson!) I've enjoyed reading the reaction to Natalie's idiocy on FR, but personally, I crossed them off my list the minute I read the news reports of their attacks on the commander-in-chief on foreign soil as our troops were about to go into battle, which used to be called "giving aid and comfort to the enemy," or as my late father would've put it, "treason." And they've just compounded the stupidity ever since with their endless, whining victim routine.
How did they think their patriotic Southern and Middle-American fans were going to react to them (to cite just a few instances beyond the Bush-bashing) appearing nude on Entertainment Weekly's cover with self-pitying slogans written on their naked bodies; giving interviews in London in which Natalie sneered that she doesn't understand why anybody cares about patriotism; and declaring that their own fans are scary, redneck morons and they wouldn't want to be listened to by anyone who'd put them in a CD changer with Toby Keith and Reba McEntire? And according to a review I read, the fawning new documentary about them actually shows Natalie (to the trepidation of her bandmates) stupidly refusing to let their label ship the new CD to country stations that were actually willing to play it because she was mad at country radio and far above those horrid people; and refusing to play smaller venues for a guaranteed fee, instead insisting on big arenas they could no longer sell out, a boneheaded move that cost the group millions. No, Nat, if you want to see the source of all your problems, as painful as it might be, try looking into a mirror.
BTW, a friend of mine who is a very prominent Texas musician has worked with Nat's dad, one of the top pedal steel players around. He tells me Natalie was always a spoiled brat with no respect for anyone else, and he can't see that anything's changed since she was a teenager.
When did we attack Ellen DeGeneras?
That's amazing! She gets it, and she doesn't even know it!!!
in a single-handed manner; single-handed.
1. Working or done without help; unassisted.
2. Intended for use with one hand.
3. Having or using only one hand.
In a single-handed manner.
FReepers are only one person at each keyboard, fed up with all the idiots, yelling at the TV and the radio, that we are not going to take it anymore.
What worries her, is that there are a lot of us.
Supporting player in Dracula, Frankenstein, and other Universal horror pictures.
Shut up and sing!
I think it was right after you scared Hitlery.
Unfortunately for the Dixie Blix, these stations still refuse to play their anti-American screed.
God. That was refreshing.
"Nat's dad, one of the top pedal steel players around..."
Yup, the apple fell very, VERY far from the tree in Lloyd's case.
"It's the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."
Maines has spent too much time on Willie Nelson's tour bus.
FR sure didn't take Clinton down "singlehandedly" -- that would make us the so-called VRWC in toto.
There was absolutely no organized FR campaign against Ellen DeGeneres. Maines has been misinformed -- to say she lied would imply she had any knowledge about us beside what she's been told, and I don't believe she's capable of paying that much attention. If she had real knowledge, she would have said "Dan Rather" rather than DeGeneres -- THAT we will proudly take credit for.
I'm happy to report I had it right
Perhaps she confused Dan with DeGeneres, because they both begin with the same letter.
LOL! I never actually owned a Ditzy Chicks CD but I did have a few mix CDs with their songs...and they were promptly smashed into 1000 pieces and thrown in the trash. She sure is a bitter, miserable person. Someone needs to tell Natalie I don't WANT her forgiveness. She can drop dead for all I care.
Natalie, dear. Sign up with an FR screen-name (it's free,) and log in here. We'll be glad to discuss this with you, sweetie.
It's really quite simple.
You're ashamed that Bush is from Texas.
We are ashamed that you and your pals are "from" Texas.
See how that works, hon?
Just had to stop by to support the conspiracy. Now, back to important things.... BEAT OU!
Slight clarification... no conspiracy... was all out in the open for all to see/hear that the Dick-see Chumps are tainted goods here in the U.S.A.
These "ladies" should quit doing the blame others game and realize that they made their own misery... deal with it.
Scare her? Hitlery loved it....she waved at Satan after a while...
Oh. For a minute there, I thought you were describing Fat Nat.
Geez, so who's stopping all their 'fans' from buying tickets to their concerts? I've yet to see a memo telling freepers they cannot go to a chicks (nothing Dixie about those hags) concert. What's the excuse for the no sales?
I luv the meerkitties ;)
Great video. The lobotomy is a little over the top, but hey, it's Mad. Besides, what's there to lobotomize?
That's not a challenge you want to put to a fat chick.
Dixie Chicks? Who dat?
Not gonna give the site the hit...wouldn't be prudent.
My daughters VIVO the soaps...I TIVO Flower and the gang, lol.
Yeah, Gnat, we took down Clinton and chased Ellen DeGeneres off the air. Why, we even know where Jimmy Hoffa is.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste - fortunately, she was busy flapping her incredibly stupid yap and never got one, so . . . . .
Gnatalie Maines is so stupid, she is giving stupid people a bad name!!
Actually that is our buddy Rove at the WH with his hurricane machine.
"Free Republic . . . The site has thousands of subscribers, all of whom were encouraged to destroy the band's music . . . "
Uh oh, an instant message from: http://www.he-man.org/cartoon/cmotu/index.shtml
It's from the `Big Guy'! I've been "encouraged" to key Alec Baldwin's car . . . must obey . . .
The Chixie Dicks have obviouosly been contacted by the DNC and now are part of the campaign to ban all politically oriented Blogs, or tax them out of business.
This planned destruction of on line political communities is what we would have to look forward too under a Dimocrat administration and congress.
This article reminds me that the Liberal Socialists will seek to destroy Free Republic, just as they have kept trying to destroy Rush Limbaugh, Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, and President Bush.
AND WE ARE HERE TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS!!!
I always thought it was short and skinny. I never heard a woman described as "petitte" who was rotund.
Thanks Nats for the free publicity in Australia.
It will be good target practice for the viking kitty/zot crew as well.
Last I checked Natalie's mouth and her backhand to her core audience is what brought her down.
But, I'm sure JimRob and Freepers won't mind the notch added to their belt if she wants to turn credit this direction. LOL
They are adorable aren't they? The realism makes me squirm though. Poor Bubble. I miss Shakespeare too. I also got upset over the ousted daughter--can't remember her name right this second.
I remember hearing the OWNER of the Philadelphia country station, WXTU (billed as the largest country station in the Northeast), come on the air and make the announcement that the radio station would NOT be playing any material from the Ditzy Clucks in the future. Except for a few slips to play "Earl had to Die", I think they've stood by that, even when the Dumb/Clueless performed (or tried to) in Philadelphia.
"petite" - She's not fat, she's just short for her weight.
The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines apologized for disrespecting President Bush during a London concert in 2003. But now, she's taking it back.
"I don't feel that way anymore," she told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. "I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever." (May 2006)
Maybe it has something to do with this (her interview in 2003):
MAINES: (during her interview with Diane Sawyer) The people who are on our side think I was pressured. They would like to believe that I was made to apologize They liked me until I apologized. (Laughs) And then the people who didn't like me thought that it was written by someone else and couldn't give me credit for my own apology, and neither of those are true
I hate to show my ignorance but I had never heard of this group until I saw them interviewed on ABC TV a few nights ago.
It is obvious that she has never read a single thread on this board. 8<)
someone should take them to crock world on a one way trip ,but they would probaly give it heart burn
..I'm just saying it's also for a shorter stature and many petite women are slightly chunky but can still be called petite, FWIW.
Most people here (FR) simply refer to natalie as 'the hydrant'...:^
Gotta love this! The Dixie Chicks are scared of us because we have the right to free speech like they do! I feel power hungry don't you? :-)