Country Music Band The "Dixie Chicks" Gave A Statement 12 Years Ago That Almost Ended Their Career, Take A Look At The Full Story
On 6th May 2018
Condemned as the traitors by the American public for telling the London public that they are ashamed that President Bush is from Texas. One of the most renowned country music band of its time, Dixie Chicks suffered a great loss and were punished heavily for speaking out their mind during one of their concerts. Band member Natalie Maines criticised George Bush for his policies towards war and violence. But Maines words backfired and the band lost its popularity overnight with them being blacklisted by the music industry.
#1 Blacklisted From The Industry Over A Single Statement
An American country music band, Dixie Chicks 15 years ago was considered as one of the most famous bands of its time. With their classy style and stand out music, the band bagged popularity in country music. However, the band's popularity plummeted after a single statement, after which Dixie Chicks was blacklisted from the music industry and had to suffer irreparable damage to their career.
#2 Freedom Of Speech Cost Them Their Career
The story dates back to March 10, 2003, when Dixie Chicks, which consists of band members, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Robison, were performing a concert in London. During this time, invasion of Iraq had been a sensitive issue on the rise. Just before the opening of their song, 'Travelin Soldier' Natalie Maines passed a statement in which the singer, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with Y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."
The statement soon spread like wildfire with media outlets criticising the girls openly for not giving respect to their President of the time.
#3 The Band's Songs Dropped From 10 To 50s In Billboard
Maines was also bashed for passing the comments about their President of the USA outside their country. Maines replied back, "I said it there 'cause that's where I was." The girls were condemned by the public and their reputation soon went downhill with many boycotting the band and within a span of few days, the statement cost the band's song to drop from top 10 to 50s in Billboard.
The band tried their best to mend their relationship with the public and in their next concert Maines tried to clear up the band's image, she said, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world." But it was all in vain as they were not forgiven by their fans.
#4 Maines Was Forced To Apologize Publicly
When things took turn for the worst, Maines was even forced to apologize publicly and during an interview to the BBC at the time, she said, "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American."
#5 The Band Suffered Terrible Finamncial Loses
However, it was almost like the public was not ready to forgive the girls and the band suffered terrible financial loses as a consequence. One of the most terrible anti-band protests was one when the fans of the band were asked to bring their CDs to a demonstration at which they would be crushed by a bulldozer.
Few of the celebrities came forward to support the girls however, they were also soon made to regret their decision. One such singer was Madonna, who tried to support the band on basis of freedom of speech.