The Dixie Chicks are back in the news again and if anything they have become even more unapologetic for their political views. It was just three years ago when lead singer and Texas native Natalie Maines told a concert audience in London that “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” Now in an interview in Time magazine Maines said that she apologized for disrespecting the President “But I don’t feel that way anymore. I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.”
Needless to say their opinions don’t exactly resonate with the country and western crowd. In the same Time interview they even dissed The View by saying Maines’ new motto is “What would Bruce Springsteen do? And would Springsteen do The View? The program which isn’t exactly hosted by Bush supporters reacted by tearing up a copy of the interview on the air. Maybe the Chicks need a copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
The Chicks also mentioned that they wanted a smaller following and they are getting their wish. Radio airplay has plummeted and the singles from their new album peaked at number 36 and number 50 respectively. Not exactly what they were used to prior to their anti-Bush antics.
Rather than pick up on what they said and showing how off base this band is, Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer chose to go the Katie Couric route and ignore the tough questions while focusing on their history together and the more feminine side of their relationships.
I have a suggestion; maybe they can go on tour with Cindy Sheehan and hire Sawyer as their PR flack.