Democracy in Words, Pursuit in Actions
The story about Natalie Maines’ behaviour at the concert in London is well-known. She wanted peace. “We're on the good side with y'all. We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas” (Martin, p.43).
In spite of the sharp controversy women did not give up. If I were their manager I would have advised them to go all the way.
I was surprised that threats were made to Natalie. I thought American society is a democratic one. And such reaction of the politicians showed their dirty tricks. Nevertheless I would perform in Texas in order to present art and not politics.
John Lennon’s saying in 1966 “We’re more popular than Jesus now” affected their popularity and the reaction of people was similar. I suppose that it would be same in 2012.
Lipton representative stopped to support them referred to the fact that they loved the United States and apologized for the sayings of Dixie Chicks.
In my opinion speaking out pays attention of society and government to the most burning problems. Let us see a scandal of Russian punk-group Pussy Riot that organized “punk prayer” against president Putin in the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
I think that the reaction of the fans and sponsors might not prevent other musicians from speaking out. Musicians are personalities with their own point of view and freedom of expressing their opinions.
Towards the end of the documentary, Martie says that Natalie’s comment was the “best thing that ever happened” to her, to her career. Such people like Natalie are needed in our life and their speaking out makes them more popular among ordinary people.
To my mind not the gender but actions of musicians have influence on others. I do not think the reaction would have been the same if the musicians were men.
The new post “comment” music also expresses the personal struggles of the Dixie Chicks: “And how in the world can the words that I said send somebody so over the edge”.
In conclusion I would like to say that Dixie Chicks’ actions were like delay-time bomb. In order to have peace on our planet there should be more such brave people like Dixie Chicks.