Dixie Chick Controversy Continues Here in the Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/17/03

Dixie Chick Controversy Continues Here in the Hub City

Controversy over comments made by Lubbock native Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks continue to steal the national spotlight. Here at home radio stations still refuse to play the Dixie chicks music and hundreds of local fans are weighing in with e-mails and phone calls to the media.

"Overwhelmingly here from Friday through today (Monday) and I'm still getting e-mails, I'm still getting e-mails several hundred e-mails and voice mails," says KLLL General Manager, Scott Harris.

Disgruntled Dixie Chicks fans are upset about a comment from lead singer, Natalie Maines at a London concert. She said, "Just so you know we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas. The President is ignoring the opinion of many in the United States and alienating the rest of the world."

Days later she apologized by saying, "…as a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whomever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.”

Harris says his listeners don't want an apology, they want Dixie Chicks music off the air, and for now, that's exactly where they'll be. "I don't think it's a radio station's decision to make that decision for us to boycott something but if overwhelming response comes from listeners on an issue who are we not to listen to them. We're here to serve the public interest."

Meanwhile, fans we found at Ralph's Records are a little more forgiving. "I think she was just not thinking as a lot of us do we open our mouth insert our foot and in this case she went all the way to the kneecap," says one Dixie Chicks fan.

"I don't agree with the way she did it but we just don't think burning their music and doing stuff like that is gonna say anything it's not really gonna do anything," says another faithful fan.

"Basically, people come in and see the Lubbock's finest over there and they comment 'oh, you still keep them in stock," says Andrew Howard of Ralph's Records.

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