....LMB: "Dixie Chicanery"....

March 18, 2003

Sigh, I hate having to correct hysteria. Also not real thrilled with discussing popular country music, but here goes.

A member of the band "The Dixie Chicks" recently made a comment at one of their shows in London, said to the audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." As you can imagine, stupid symbolic patriotic outrage ensued, with all kinds of talk about boycotting the DCs, pulling their songs from the radio, etc.

There is one happy story out of this. Country station KFKF had an online poll in which site visitors (many of whom didn't listen to the station, just wanted to bash the "traitors), voted 4 to 1 to ban DC songs. But the station manager decided to ignore the poll results, arguing that America is a land of free speech, even when unpopular. He urged them to boycott the DCs or even KFKF if they disagreed, but that everyone should be able to make their voices heard. Big thumbs up to KFKF station manager Dale Carter for that decision.

But now to the debunking. A mistitled news story is panicking the left with regards to this issue, "Dixie Chicks axed by Clear Channel." Clear Channel owns a gajillion U.S. radio stations (and billboards and concert venues and a few television stations), and if they decided to ban a song, that would be a massive act of censorship. Bloggers are already decrying the act, and denouncing the corporate media that wants to silence all dissent and eat our children.

But....

If you read the article, it actually says, "The group's records have been pulled by dozens of country-music stations across the country, including two Clear Channel-owned stations in Jacksonville, WQIK 99.1-FM and WROO 107.3-FM." So of the 1200 Clear Channel-owned stations, the song has been pulled by two of them.

Obviously, none of that's a good thing, banning songs because they express unpopular opinion, but we're not at Farenheit 78RPM just yet.

You've always gotta read the articles folks. The headlines are often contradicted by the information within.

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I thought that Dixie Chicanery is our vice president.

Posted by: Shawn at March 18, 2003 07:28 PM

if the radio stations don't agree with the dixie chicks, they're free to boycott their songs as well. It isn't censorship, its just them excercising their right to free speach as well. The dixie chicks can still play their songs all they want.. Kudos to those stations with enough guts to stand up to the chix..

Posted by: pete at March 20, 2003 12:10 PM

god those "dixie chicks" are annoying. their music makes me want to shoot myself in the face. but as much as i hate them, i still don't agree with radio stations etc banning them. although it is nice to have a little break from landslide.

Posted by: Akasha at March 20, 2003 03:38 PM

dixie fucktards
OOPs I'm sorry. what I said was disrespectful.

Feel better??Yes I wanna Supersize my order Natalie.Hurry up you festering rectal wart. Didn't you USED to be famous???BTW your Traitorous cunt has a stank to it. There I go again.I'm sorry. what I said was disrespectful.any ex singer working Burger King deserves our respect.

Posted by: buster cornhole at March 22, 2003 02:46 PM

buster cornhole...

Um... Disagreeing with the president, or outright hating his fucking guts is not traitorous.

I happent to hate his fucking guts myself. I was in the first Gulf War, and agreed wholeheartedly with the mission, which was to defend a small country that had been invaded by another...

This time, we're the invader.

Posted by: GI that would kick your fucking ass, buster at April 14, 2003 03:52 PM

THE INMATE'S ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM,NONE OF OUR OPINIONS COUNT UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THEM.SO,KIDDIES,SHUT UP,GO PIERCE A BODY PART,AND
WAIT FOR ARMAGEDDON,BECAUSE THE ISLAMISTS ARE COMING FOR YOUR CANDY ASSES!

Posted by: rvenge57 at April 25, 2003 09:52 AM

THE INMATE'S ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM,NONE OF OUR OPINIONS COUNT UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THEM.SO,KIDDIES,SHUT UP,GO PIERCE A BODY PART,AND
WAIT FOR ARMAGEDDON,BECAUSE THE ISLAMISTS ARE COMING FOR YOUR CANDY ASSES!

Posted by: rvenge57 at April 25, 2003 09:52 AM

i hate the dixie chicks, they are greedy and stupid. hello, freedome of speech, then get over the fact people are speaking out against you. Oh thats right, they are just big hippo's, no not the animal, even thought natalie looks like one, opps, sorry. They want to bash bush but say, we support our troops over in iraq. PLEASE TELL ME THEY DIDNT SAY THAT! make up you damn mind. mabye they should go live with sadam, see if bush is sill embarrassing, you dont have to like him. I dont like him, but hes the president and he knows more then me and you and you, even if you dont think so. And they are not piad to talk about that at a concert where people are trying to have a good time and forget about war. but i do agree, they will probably have some crumy job, working at burger king, natalies favortie place to get appitizers. hahahaha, are they going to get mad at me because i have freedom of speech.... to bd. They can cry a river, because they have freedom of speech so do we, or is it because they are over priced bitches they have that right and we the normal people dont?... im confuse about them, and i hope they run out of money and fame, and then it wont be earl who died, it will be the dixies fame and money that did!!!

Posted by: jessica at April 25, 2003 06:11 PM

In response to: "i hate the dixie chicks, they are greedy and stupid."
Right off the bat we can see that the mentality of this person seems to put them in the category of the other ditto heads and sheeple that blindly follow King George II.


"hello, freedome of speech, then get over the fact people are speaking out against you."

Freedom(without the e)of speech is right. The people have the right to SAY what they feel. But they don't have the right to demand a boycott.


"Oh thats right, they are just big hippo's, no not the animal, even thought natalie looks like one, opps, sorry."

So you attack the person because you don't have a valid attack on the facts. Typical right wing nut tactics.


"They want to bash bush but say, we support our troops over in iraq."

And I agree with them. I support the troops, but hope that Smirk has another pretzel attack.


"PLEASE TELL ME THEY DIDNT SAY THAT! make up you damn mind."

So you conservadubs are too narrowminded to think that two thoughts can exist in the same head at one time. I can understand that. It is sheeple mentality, the conservadubs really can't allow more than one thought in their head at one time. Their heads just aren't big enough.


"mabye they should go live with sadam, see if bush is sill embarrassing, you dont have to like him."

It is funny how the conservadub right-wing nuts always say that. "Go live there... blah blah" They can't think of anything else to say. They don't have the mental capacity, and besides it is an irrational argument anyway.


"I dont like him, but hes the president and he knows more then me and you and you, even if you dont think so."

Speak for yourself. He certainly doesn't know more than me. And if you want to say that you are dumber than he is... fine go right ahead.


"And they are not piad to talk about that at a concert where people are trying to have a good time and forget about war."

It is their concert. They can say whatever they want. Their fans pay to see THEM, ALL OF THEM. They pay to see who they are and what they do and what it is that makes them who they are. Sorry strike out, you have no argument here.


"but i do agree, they will probably have some crumy job, working at burger king, natalies favortie place to get appitizers."

Have you checked the news lately? lol They are at the top of the charts and their concert tickets are selling out like hot-cakes. I guess there goes your theory.


"hahahaha, are they going to get mad at me because i have freedom of speech.... to bd."

The next time you think that it is only the military that guarantees your freedom of speech, think again. It is these people that speak their minds that keep freedom of speech alive, by using it.


"They can cry a river, because they have freedom of speech so do we,"

That's right. You have freedom of speech, yet you think that they are not allowed to use theirs. A bit hypocritical I think.


"or is it because they are over priced bitches"

Resorting to name calling. Typical right-wing tactics. I think I hear Rush calling you.


"they have that right and we the normal people dont?... im confuse about them, and i hope they run out of money and fame, and then it wont be earl who died, it will be the dixies fame and money that did!!!"

They have that right, you have that right, but it is illegal, unethical, and immoral to boycott, if it is done by the radio monopoly Clear Channel. But who cares about morals when there is a murdering, theiving, cheating, lying piece of crud in the white house?
And I don't think it hurt them much. It is great that they are getting more press for this.

Posted by: HeathenAngel at May 4, 2003 08:39 PM

When one is in the public eye and has the power to shape the sometimes mushy minds of young Americans, they need to walk the fine line of responsibility. The Dixie Chicks opened their mouths in a foreign country during a very precarious time of American history. They are entitled to their opinions without fear of death threats to themselves and their families. I have the right to choose not to listen to their music....EVER. I will NEVER forget the tragic events of 9/11 and I am still furious over the slaughter of innocent lives. More lives are lost each day so the Dixie Chicks can express their view points and so I can express mine. I don't feel the Dixie Chicks are uneducated or ignorant, however they do lack some common sense and I don't feel they live in the real world. Their interviews have only proven their lack of knowledge and understanding of world events. Thank you American service men and woman for making my home a safer place to live!!

Posted by: Jen at October 3, 2003 09:58 PM

By the way....it is NOT illegal to boycott. Radio stations must listen to the majority of their public OR no one will listen to their station. It is called making a sound business decision.

Posted by: Jen at October 3, 2003 10:00 PM

crystal grant
as i read some of the comments listed above, i too believe that freedom of speech goes both ways. someone stated that other peope in entertainment or the media have said some things, using their freedom of speech, and have been banned from radio and things of that nature. people have the right to their opinion, and in my opinion i think the dixie chix rock. those who make comments against other races and religions should be dismissed or banned. the chix didn't blast a whole nation/race, they singled out one man who's action are setting up this country as one of the BIGGEST points of terrorist attacks.yes the man they called out may be the "Commander & Chief", but when someone is wrong, then they are just wrong! i all too well remember the tragedy of 9/11. thousands of innocent people where killed. we retaliate by killing thousands of more innocent people, even our own! aren't we trying to live in a world of peace and unity? that is supposed to be what the president's trying to accomplish with the war..... but war is war.... and war brings more war..... put 2 and 2 together it equals 4 not zero.

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