Isn’t It Time We Got Over The Whole ‘Dixie Chicks’ Thing? [VIDEO + POLL]
Last night, while enjoying one of my favorite TV shows, “The Voice,” contestant Sasha Allen sang the Dixie Chicks hit “Not Ready to Make Nice.” I haven’t really thought about the Dixie Chicks for a while before she sang, but it immediately reminded me of how much I enjoyed their music, and how much I missed listening to it.Now before you start judging or considering throwing stones at me, please hear me out. I haven’t forgotten the things the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines said to that London audience in March 2003: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas,” she said.
It was a hard time in America then, we had invaded Iraq and country fans and George W. Bush supporters were outraged. Angry listeners called up radio stations, asking them to take the Dixie Chicks out of rotation. Many programmers responded to their listeners’ demands.
Now, I can feel some of you getting upset, believe me, I didn’t approve of what the group said, and especially hated the fact it was said in another country. For some reason, that made me more upset than if it were said here in the United States. Yes, it happened at bad time in our country, and yes, it was uncalled for, I totally agree, but I guess my point is, when are we going to get past it?
America is the home of the free and we have rights, including freedom of speech. I’m wondering with all the stuff going on in our country now, if this “grudge” is even worth hanging on to. Country listeners are some of the most loyal, hard-working, generous true blue Americans that you will find. I get the anger and resentment, but I also know that country listeners are forgiving as well.
So, my question to you guys … Is it time to let go of the resentment toward the Dixie Chicks or not?
Dixie Chicks: ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’
Sasha Allen: ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ on ‘The Voice’