Four years ago, just days before the invasion of Iraq, lead Chick Natalie Maines took a stand.
She used the London stage upon which the Chicks were performing to make her view clear. “Just so y’know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Just so y’know Natalie, we’re ashamed he’s from the human race.
Country music stations stopped playing their songs. Sychophant nationalists across the country boycotted their albums. Right wing nut jobs threatened their lives. The Chicks were being punished for not getting their pretty little asses in line, getting on their knees and blowing the All Powerful Oz currently shitting in the Oval Office.
Now, ordinarily I don’t really give a crap what celebrities say. I don’t care about Schwarzenegger’s politics. I watch Arnold because he blows stuff up and looks good doing it.
I don’t care about Angelina Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt. I watch her because she steals cars and artifacts, and looks good doing it.
We all know that Pat Boone and Kirk Cameron know about as much about biology as William Dembski, which is to say nothing at all.
If I want to know about biology (as a fer instance), I ask a biologist, not a celebrity, not a discredited mathematician, not a child actor, and not a singer.
But sometimes what a celebrity can do is bring attention to a problem that might otherwise be ignored. Michael J. Fox is a very prominent face for Parkinson’s and stem cell research that could save lives. Former President Jimmy Carter is still banging nails to build houses for poor people who need them.
And the Dixie Chicks pointed out how moronic the Iraq invasion was.
Seems to me that one of the most patriotic things a person can do is very publicly disagree with the government.
Patriotism and Nationalism aren’t the same thing. While the Nationalist country music establishment got on their knees and worshiped their messiah Dubya, the patriotic Dixie Chicks stood upon a London stage and said, “No.”
After four years in the wilderness, the Chicks have gotten their due. Now that the right side of the American political aisle is finally waking up from its drunken stupor and beginning to feel the hangover and the regret of allowing Dubya and the far right wing nuts to masturbate all over the Constitution for the last bunch of years, it’s fashionable to criticize the glorified house plant in the White House. Now it’s OK to say, “The invasion of Iraq was a mistake.”
I’ve got news for you, America. It was not only a mistake, it was wrong. It was illegal. It was immoral.
But these three Texas Patriots were saying it when it wasn’t fashionable.
And last night the Recording Academy finally pulled its head out its collective butt.
Best song of the year – Dixie Chicks
Best album of the year – Dixie Chicks
Best record of the year – Dixie Chicks
All totalled, the Dixie Chicks were nominated in five categories. They walked out with five GRAMMYs.
If there were a GRAMMY for best acceptance speech, Natalie would have won that, too.
“That’s interesting,” she noted about a standing ovation. “Well, to quote the great ‘Simpsons’ – ‘HA HA.’ ”