Monday, May 22, 2006

The Dixie Schticks

Groucho Marx had the stooped walk, the cigar and eyebrow thing. The Stooges had the classic two finger eye poke. Laurel and Hardy would stare into the camera and roll their eyes while the other rambled on. The Dixie Chicks have their own shctick. Let's see...what was it now? Hmmmm......Oh yeah! Dissin' the President of the United States! It's made them more famous than their sorry assed music. It's what people will remember them for when they are dead. They've recently added dissin' not only the fans of Toby Kieth and Reba McEntire (two very tall dogs in country music) but also their own fans. Bright aren't they? Most remember Ditzy Chick, Natalie Maines saying to a London Audience,

"Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

This drew a huge boo from the Country Music industry and fans alike. I don't think they deserved the hundreds of death threats they received, but suffice it to say that there were millions who found what she said dispicable and because it was to a foreign audience, borderline treasonous. It showed bad taste to say the least. Artist, Toby Kieth responded quickly with his own opinion of the Chicks and soon began to release one patriotic song after another, all of them HUGE hits.

The pressure was intense and eventually, without rescending her personal opinion of Bush, she apologized, stating that what she said was wrong and in poor taste and admitted that she'd have never made that comment to an American audience. Well, according to a recent ΑP report, Natalie's changed her mind again. She told Time Magazine

"I don't feel that way anymore....I don't feel he's owed any respect whatsoever."

Those are pretty strong words. The President of the United States is not just a person, it's an office held by the highest elected official in the land. You may not agree with or respect the person who holds that office, but to say he is due "no respect whatsoever" insults not only the President, but his office and his constituents. It's a smack in the face of the Republic.

As if to drive the last nail in the coffin of their Country Music careers, band mate, Martie Maguire, pretty much summed up the three girls' opinion of anyone who doesn't think like they do.

"I'd rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."

Well, THOSE FANS spend a great deal of money on THOSE CD's. Why is it the Chick's business who's disc it rides alongside in a changer? They hate these artists because they are openly patriotic. So not only does the President of the United States not deserve any respect whatsoever, apparently neither do their fans unless those fans are willing to follow them like a cult and boycott any artist who's opinion they happen to disagree with. These are definitly some Ditzy Chicks. What happens when you bite the hand that feeds? Cue the slow agonizing death of the Dixie Chicks' career in Music.