Dixie Chick's Remarks Bash Patriotism - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/20/06

Dixie Chick's Remarks Bash Patriotism

Forget bashing the president, Dixie Chick's lead singer Natalie Maines has found a new target. For some reason when the Dixie Chick's go overseas they feel the need to make a statement. This time - it wasn't about the president - it was about Americans.

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country... I don't see why people care about patriotism."

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That's what Natalie Maines said to a reporter and that's what was printed in a British Newspaper Thursday, just before the trio took the stage at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. The same venue where Maines made her infamous remarks about President Bush back in 2003 - days before the war in Iraq began, "Just so you know we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." (March 10, 2003)

Country fans reacted - destroying Chick's CDs and demanding radio stations ban their music.

Three years later, their words are still being heard, and this time Maines isn't the only chick talking. Band member Emily Robison says some music artists tried to exploit the war in Iraq saying, "A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism." (June 15, 2006)

Apparently, these comments haven't hurt their record sales.

The Dixie Chick's new album, "Taking the Long Way" has been at number one on the Billboard Country Charts for four straight weeks.

The first U.S. date of the band's "Accidents and Accusations Tour" is set for July 21 in Detroit.

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