Just when I thought all that could be said about the Dixie Chicks controversy had been said, another ridiculous quote hit the news that makes it almost impossible not to comment. Against my better judgment, I’ve decided to wade into the controversy. I guess I am just “not ready to make nice.”
Marketing of the latest Chicks’ CD has had little to do with the music. It has mainly consisted of selling an image of a trio of rebels exercising their right to dissent and playing the role of victims suffering political persecution. The latest controversial comment concerned “ultra patriotism.”
The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do," says Robison.
"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country... I don't see why people care about patriotism."
Just to set the record straight, for all their recent talk of tolerance and open-mindedness, and their disgust at their lack of support from other country artists, it was lead singer Natalie Maines who first decided to criticize a fellow artist for his political statement.
Maines started a highly publicized feud with Toby Keith almost a year before her comments about President Bush when she attacked Keith for a song he wrote honoring his father, who was an Army veteran. In Keith’s song, Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American), he wrote, “My daddy served in the army, where he lost his right eye, but he flew a flag out in our yard until the day that he died. He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me, to grow up and live happy in the land of the free.”
In the song, he went on to describe how he believed his father would have reacted to 9/11 had he lived to see it. One line in the song, “We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way” caused ABC to pull Keith from an Independence Day concert.