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 ...
Wow. What's the formula? The Clintons and Jimmy Carter (among many others)are still around!
Who knew you could buy golden Hefty's Cinch-sacks(tm)?
Power? She thinks that if someone tells someone what to think then they do.
James Madison had her pegged. Those who take your money do not respect your ideas.
Natalie--we're not part of any group that seeks to bring anyone down. Clinton did it to himself and so did you. We're simply Americans who view the nation as a force for good. We believe in freedom. We do not wish to be attacked and believe it is the duty of the country to fight enemies. You don't. We don't but your CD's. Simple as that.
The list is sooo long! Decisions, Decisions.
I thought it was Bush's fault.
As sows go, uh, scuse me, big fat hens.
Until reading these remarks I didn't know that I was supposed to have been buying their records and their bull sh-t too.
The best thing about my personal boycotts is that they cost me nothing.
Petite? Compared to what?
I'm pretty sure that the Morgan Stanley employee who hired Clinton to speak at their conference was fired, too.
Her fury at our non compliance with her dictates is just an unanticipated bonus.
Free Republic, you magnificent bastard.
Really ??? I didn't know that I was part of an organized group ... where are the stratagy meetings held? Is there a Vicar and a Sargent At Arms? I didn't know that I was being recruited into this cult called Free Republic until this Dixie Chick told me so ....... in all, I didn't get the memo
/shrug off /sarc off
After Dan Ratherbiased did they really think they had a chance?
"THE" Free Republic?
Can't she at least get the name right?
Methinks she doth project too much. She wants to say what she wants without any response-- just pay up.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.