June 19, 2006

Cluck off, Chickie!

Last week, the Dixie Chicks ruffled a few feathers when singer Natalie Maines dismissed her ENTIRE fan base, saying,

"I'd rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith," she told Time. "We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."
This week, she's back, and served up her other foot for another tasty meal:
"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."--emphasis mine, ed.
No wonder the Clucks are having a hard time selling out arenas in places like Memphis, Indianapolis, and Fresno.  Yeah, their album debuted at #1, but anyone in the biz will tell you that album sales mean nothing to the artist.  They make all of their money touring.  Cancelling concerts is bad  news on the pocketbook.  Especially the new Louis Vuitton ones, right, Natalie?

All the snark aside, I'd like to remind Ms. Maines and her colleagues that the SINGLE, ONLY, UNIQUE, UNITARY, etc. reason that she has this soapbox, that she's made all the money in her bank account, that she can fly to France or the UK whenever she wants and spout off about this country is that she is a CITIZEN OF THE US.

Don't love your country, Natalie, it's ok.   Really, The rest of us could give a shit.  But don't tell us we're stupid for caring.  Don't tell us that you like your life and then spit in the face of those people who have died or sacrificed much so that you can live the way you do.

Why should people care about patriotism, Natalie?  Well, because patriotism created this country, it sacrificed to preserve out way of life, and continues to do so over and over again every day.  Patriotism is why you can stand on your soapbox and denounce the President.  Patriotism is why you speak English, not German or Japanese.  Patriotism provides you with the security to go about your business and raise your children as you see fit.

The truth is, see, that in the long run, it is the patriot whose contributions will matter.  The small effort of each individual to preserve and prolong the grand experiment in democracy started more than 200 years ago by another group of patriots whose motives were questioned by ignorant fools like you.  Your contributions, your songs, your rabble rousing, your chicken feet tatoos; they'll all be gone with the proverbial wind.  But this country, and the patriots who protect her, will still be here.

What was the most popular song/singer of 1776?  You don't know?  Well, in 2206 I can assure you the same answer will be spoken in response to "Who were the Dixie Chicks?"

Posted by caltechgirl at June 19, 2006 10:05 AM | TrackBack

Great post!

Ironic that she refers to people who "get it" when she's one who clearly doesn't, huh?

She just keeps digging herself in deeper and deeper... she's going to "free speech" herself right out of a career!

As Homer would say, D'OH!!

Posted by: Marie at June 19, 2006 11:00 AM

The title of this post is one of the best I've ever seen!

Posted by: Emily at June 19, 2006 11:19 AM

Do you think she has a career-death-wish or something? I just can't believe any public person could be so stupid! I see in the paper they are coming here to our lil' city soon. I can't stand country music so I wouldn't have been going anyway, but now that she's been acting like a bonehead, I REALLY wouldn't be going. Ugh...

Posted by: Lisa W at June 19, 2006 11:32 AM

Sheesh, chick-singers there's thousands of musician jokes about them, she only proves them right.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at June 19, 2006 03:29 PM

excellent rant.

one of the other chicks was interviewed on the radio station i listen to on my morning commute today. it was an eye rolling commute.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at June 19, 2006 05:04 PM

I was going to post a rant about this today, but you put it so wonderfully, that I needn't bother! Great post!

Posted by: oddybobo at June 20, 2006 09:42 AM

Your title says it all!!

Posted by: Mrs_Who at June 20, 2006 05:29 PM


Posted by: Conchubhar at June 21, 2006 08:11 AM

Oh great rant!! Perfect!

Posted by: Richmond at June 21, 2006 11:05 AM

I should have realized she would keep opening her mouth and letting these little gems continue to fall. Why in the world would anyone spend any money at all on her is beyond me. Great post.

Posted by: Teresa at June 21, 2006 02:57 PM

Nicely said. Remind me never to piss you off.

Posted by: Contagion at June 21, 2006 06:55 PM