Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Country Music: Do You Remember "The Dixie Chicks"? (2003)

Dixie Chicks Appear Naked On Entertainment Weekly Cover

Dixie Chicks appear naked on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, with slogans such "Traitors," "Hero," "Boycott," "Saddam's Angels" and "Proud Americans" printed across their bodies. The slogans represent the mixed reaction Dixie Chicks received following singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush comments.
 The year starts off well for the Chicks. The trio is flying high on the success of their album Home, which brings them a Top 10 hit with the Fleetwood Mac cover "Landslide" and takes them on an international tour. Before performing their country chart-topper "Travelin' Soldier" during a London performance, Maines takes the opportunity to address the brimming post-9/11 "War on Terror" back home, saying: "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."

Cue anti-Dixie Chicks hysteria. Maines clarifies her statement on the band's website, writing that she is against war, not against US troops. But with the Internet, many radio stations, and the President of the United States against them, the damage is done.

On the day of the Entertainment Weekly shoot, the group's publicist tries to convince them to tone down their message, but they won't budge. Every word on their body, including "Saddam's Angels," is an actual comment that was hurled at them online. But what is most hurtful is the lack of support from the country music community. Martie Maguire says: "We don't feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home anymore."

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