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Monday, May 22, 2006

Offensive Headline of the Day

"Dixie Chicks in the Line of Fire"

Seriously? They volunteered to go to Afghanistan? No? Iraq, then? No?

Oh. I see. They're "under fire" because some people are upset at them. Same thing, I guess.

This should probably be filed under "Who cares," but Time magazine has decided that this is the most important story of the week. So let's quickly see how tough life is for the Chicks:
Now that she's truly notorious, having told a London audience in 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas," Maines has one regret: the apology she offered George W. Bush at the onset of her infamy. "I apologized for disrespecting the office of the president," says Maines. "But I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever."
Natalie ain't to brite, are she. If you apologize for disrespecting "the office" of the president, feeling that "he" isn't owed any respect doesn't matter. I certainly can't take seriously anyone who butchers the English language like that, and I'm sure all liberals agree with this sentiment. People who make linguistic mistakes are just stupid, or so I keep hearing.
[T]he first single from the Dixie Chicks' new album, "Taking the Long Way" (out May 23), is called "Not Ready to Make Nice." It is, as one country radio programmer says, "a four-minute f--- you to the format and our listeners. I like the Chicks, and I won't play it."

Few other stations are playing Not Ready to Make Nice, and while it has done well on iTunes, it's quite possible that in singing about their anger at people who were already livid with them and were once their target audience, the Chicks have written their own ticket to the pop-culture glue factory.

"I guess if we really cared, we wouldn't have released that single first," says Maguire. "That was just making people mad. But I don't think it was a mistake."

If you don't care, stop doing interviews that talk about how tough you are, and how you're "under fire." Otherwise, accept the fact that your choices have consequence and shut up.
Whether the Dixie Chicks recover their sales luster or not, the choice of single has turned their album release into a referendum. "Taking the Long Way" is designed to thumb its nose at country's intolerance for ideological hell raising, and buying it or cursing it reveals something about you and your politics -- or at least your ability to put a grudge above your listening pleasure.

And however you vote, it's tough to deny that by gambling their careers, three Texas women have the biggest balls in American music.

Yeah, they're at least as brave as George Clooney. It must be really scary to be on the cover of Time. And listening to three spoiled women sing about the fact that they're not ready to make nice doesn't sound like "listening pleasure" to me.

Over lunch in decidedly uncountry Santa Monica, California, where they have lived part time while recording "Long Way," the Dixie Chicks -- in fancy jeans, tank tops and designer sunglasses -- seem less like provocateurs than busy moms (they have seven kids in all, ages 1 to 5) amped up by a little free time.

My God, they're wearing fancy jeans, tank tops and designer sunglasses! Poor things! They really are under fire. I'm sorry, I had no idea.
In conversation they are loud and unembarrassable, celebrating their lack of boundaries in that escalating, I-can-be-more-blunt-than-you way unique to sisters (which Maguire and Robison are) and women who have shared a tour-bus bathroom.
Is "loud and unembarrassable" the new classless?

Bottom line: The politics of Radiohead skew heavily to the left, but in my opinion they're the best rock band in the world. What the Dixie Chicks don't realize is that any "fire" they're "under" has less to do with their political leanings than it does with their smugnoxiousnessTM. And does anyone seriously believe that no matter how good their new album may be, they would be on the cover of Time if it weren't for their classless behavior? You'll pardon me if I don't waste any more time worrying about them. Something tells me they'll come out of their "war" much better than a lot of actual soldiers will.

Anonymous fmragtops said...

I wonder if Saliva will be slamming them again in an upcoming album.


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