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Here We Go Again...

The Dixie Chicks are at it again. Natalie Maines, the lead singer for the band, has gone out and shot her mouth off about the president, the war and the military.

Now, I completely support any person that wants to stand on a soapbox and say whatever comes to their minds. I do it all the time out here. There is something fundamental, though, that the Dixie Chicks are forgetting.

When they speak out against the government and the president, they are alienating their key demographic.

Think about it... The Dixie Chicks are a country band. They commonly appeal to the Nascar crowd. That is, the people that like their music are typically flag-carrying, pro-government, pro-commander-in-chief patriots. These people have usually served in the military or have parents, grandparents or siblings that have served in the military. These people know when Flag Day and Veterans Day is and they put an American flag on their house on those days. When the American Anthem is sung at a ball park, these people will take off their hats and cover their hearts. They will also criticize people that don't.

By criticizing the institution and the people that a large number of their fans will stand up and protect at any cost, they are shooting themselves in the foot. If Pearl Jam, or any other non-country group for that matter, made comments criticizing the government, most people wouldn't bat an eye. It is part of their schtick. It is something that is expected. Their key demographic would most likely agree. The backlash that has been directed at the Dixie Chicks from fans and fellow artists shows that they do not understand the crowd that they are playing to.

Then, once you have put your foot in your mouth, you really don't have anyone do blame for the criticism that is directed back toward you. You were the one that made yourself a target and you have no one to blame but yourself.

"When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home." - Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


Clearly the Dixie Chicks have no clue as to who is purchasing their albums. I am just like you, in that I completely support their right to speak out against the President or the government or whatever they want to speak out against, and I support their right to suffer the consequences. Clearly, they have not thought this through at all. As you point out, Pearl Jam, who have a song on their most recent album entitled "Bushleaguer", has no problem making these comments and alienating their fans, since there are a significant number of Green Party supporting, war protesting, environmental types in a Pearl Jam crowd. But even they have people who will walk out of their concerts when they make these remarks. The Dixie Chicks are looking at a whole stadium packed full of those types that would love to lynch them for their comments. It seems to me that economics would keep their mouths shut if nothing else would.

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