When I was in Michigan I was watching VH1, and the new Dixie Chick’s song "Not Ready to Make Nice" came on. I remember a couple of years when they were very popular and the lead singer said she was embarrassed to be from Texas because of Bush. Boy, that didn’t go down very well with those Christian, "patriotic" country music fans. Their music was boycotted and they received numerous death threats. They even had to install metal detectors because they were worried someone would try and kill them. I heard a couple of months ago about a radio station in Texas that plays the Top 40 music list. They were asked what they were going to do if the Dixie Chicks get on the Top 40. The radio station said that they would make two lists–one with them and one without them. They would (naturally) play the one without them. Well, the album just became number one, so it should be fun to see what happens now.
I really loved their new song and video. I really loved that they were brave enough to come out with a new album and release ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ first. Good for them. You can see the video here (and go the ‘Watch the Not Ready to Make Nice video). You have to watch an 11 second video, but it is worth it.
Forgive, sounds good.Forget, I’m not sure I could.They say time heals everything, but I’m still waiting.
The video shows the two sisters being covered in black tar and the third one refuses to be quiet. She stands in front of a blackboard and she is told to write:
"to speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming"
They then show three doctors who are ready to do surgery on her, no doubt to shut her up.
I found the video very powerful and it just shows the negative underbelly of this country, especially at this time. I think people have the right not to buy things, but to then write death threats while they bundle themselves off to church and talk about God’s love is disgusting.
Here is a good example of what some good christian guy had to say about her in 2003:
What a dumb, whim worshipping fool. Why don’t you just hide your ignorant disrespectful bitch ass under the bed and let the guys take care of defending the country. Or perhaps instead we should just wait here like sitting ducks for some Arab fanatics to come kill the rest of us at their leisure, since military action gives this girl the heebie jeebies.