Shut Up and Sing

Shut Up & SingThis Chicks flick by Barbara Kopple (Academy Award winner for Harlan County, U.S.A.) and Cecilia Peck is powerful testament to the inconvenient truth that free speech can come at a very high cost. The Dixie Chicks, Texas-based and one of country music's most successful acts, found out just how costly it was in the weeks following a March 10, 2003, concert in London. Indulging in some between-song patter, singer Natalie Maines expressed shame that "the president of the United States is from Texas."

In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything; and at the time, President George W. Bush's popularity among the Chicks' traditional country fans was sky-high, and the invasion of Iraq was imminent. Reaction was fast and furious. Country radio stations boycotted the Dixie Chicks' music. Conservative talk show hosts lambasted them.

Country superstar Toby Keith got into the act by denigrating Maines in his concerts. People destroyed Dixie Chicks CDs in public protests that echoed the furor sparked by John Lennon's 1966 "We're more popular than Jesus now" comment. The trio’s tour had to be scaled back and rerouted to include friendlier climes (Canada).

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  • cj

    well i guess the chicks can say "whose the bitch now??!!" considering americans are still stupid to believe that the war on iraq is not because of oil............ shame on you corporate sellout fans....

  • Rob Lamb

    well, its 2010 and anyone with a brain knows Bush planned and executed 9/11 so the US could invade Iraq/Iran to get their oil because the US will collapse without it. of course the Bush families companies (Halliburton) made billions from 'contracts' and alot of 'patriotic' US citizens have been shown to be ignorant rednecks with no idea of what their government is and always has been doing in the world. Now the eastern seaboard is being polluted by millions of gallons of BP oil and the US is getting worried. The Dixie Chicks spoke the truth. And got crucified for it. Now where have i heard that before.

  • http://noidonthaveone chantelle gardoll

    hi my name is chantelle gardoll i am 14 and i love u u are the best in the world send back plz love chantelle ur the best girls I LOVE U LOTS AND LOTS <3

  • Jordan

    This film is very inspiring. There are very few role models in the USA today and so much corruption. During the Bush years I kept wondering where the heck were the new crop of the Pete Seegers, Woodie and Arlo Guthrie's, Dylan, Country Joe & the Fish, etc. Artists singing out our thoughts. I'm glad to see that the Dixie Chicks exercised their right to speak the truth. Those hick fans were either paid to protest or were high on something? Thank you, Natalie Mains who woke us up though many didn't like what they saw. The truth shall set you free right on! When is the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld trial set to begin?

  • Gia

    I've never listened to the Dixie Chicks before watching this documentary. But its so inspiring. They've just gained a new fan.

  • g4143

    The chicks are loved by their own words...I never listened to country but I listen to you...I love the chicks..I'm embarrassed that our friends, to the south vote that in..

  • http://twitter.com/sweetnative30 jaimee lee

    dixie chicks we love you and the words you speak.....please come to cornwall ontario canada!! my daughters aare huge fans and your new album is GREAT! and real......

  • Sheila Dominguez

    just amazing ! nice! They officially have a new fan from this day forward

  • revolva

    That was an incredible story! I'm no fan of country music and probably never will be, but I'm a fan of the Dixie Chicks as people!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Art-Vinette/100002176783386 Art Vinette

    Rob Lamb I could not have it better myself. The following is his quote with additional information added.

    Well, its 2011 and anyone with a brain knows Bush planned and executed 9/11 so the US could invade Iraq/Iran to get their oil because the current domestic US supplies are collapsing in addition to Mexico which is now in catastrophic decline at 33% a year.

    Afghanistan was invaded to secure land for an oil and gas pipeline through their country since all negotiations with the Taliban had failed to secure safe land rights.

    United States oil and energy companies will be making their biggest profits in the years ahead until 2030 as oil reservoirs around the world run out and 99% of the cars and trucks in the United States run on gasoline or diesal fuel that is distilled from oil.

    Of course the Bush families companies (Halliburton) made billions from 'contracts' and alot of 'patriotic' US citizens have been shown to be ignorant rednecks with no idea of what their government is and always has been doing in the world.

    Now the eastern seaboard is being polluted by millions of gallons of BP oil and the US is getting worried.

    The Dixie Chicks spoke the truth. And got crucified for it.

    President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are now known for the US domestic terrorist attack on their country that resulted in the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers and the attack on the Pentagon that killed over 2,000 people and lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands of American soldiers lives.

    The Dixie Chicks had no idea just how bad President Bush and his team really were. Their comments are now quite tame. However in retrospect now the entire world knows. So in the end the Dixie Chicks called it right.

    Former President Bush has not only been judged to be the worst US President in history, he and his family are an embarrasement to not only the state of Texas but the ENTIRE country of the United States.

    US President Bush will never be tried for his crimes. He was working with a much larger group of people that included Vice President Cheney and the US energy companies on behalf of them, his family's interests and the American people's energy interests.

    Congratulations to the Dixie Chicks who had the courage to speak out. And SHAME on the American people who acted like lemmings following this leader blindly over the cliff of his deceptions and lies. Does anyone wonder today in 2011 how Adolf Hitler was able to pull off his own atrocities during the Second World War, when President Bush was able to accomplish the same thing in 2001 with the American people and mass media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Wrifford/753857883 Anthony Wrifford

    here are some real cowards, I think. Just live with your ideals, put them out there and let it be! Don't try to take it back or "minimize" it.

  • Adam Malster

    Christ, these girls need to get backbones. You may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. If you think the war in Iraq is wrong just say so. Stand by your beliefs and let the rest of 'em go to hell.

  • GnosticDancer

    I agree. I think that they should have never felt the need to apologize. The Right Wing in this country tend to be very controlling and dictating. While I gained an appreciation for the Dixie Chicks.. this documentary DEFINITELY shows how corporate the music industry is. It is less and less about freedom of expression and art and more about some fake corporate image that is designed only to make people $$$. Yeah.. you have to make a living.. but at what cost???

    I would have just told Lipton to get lost..
    It just makes my skin crawl to hear about "focus groups" and polls and publicity stuff when allegedly talking about music and free speech.

    We really have died as a society. I hope folks have learned and grown from this experience!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HRTAHZSOVJXTQ6P4UHAJU4WLQ Thomas Moore

    Accountability?...how passe... I thought liberals could do whatever they wanted without any responsibility....I'm glad that Obama is ruining..(I mean "running") the country now, so we have nothing else to complain about.

    Hollywood are brainwashed brainwashers....pseudo intellectuals...but at least Ms. Obama can be "proud of America" now...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DE2DGXKXT5RI4TUMYNIDBKEFGA Scorpio Queen

    Hey Thomas Moran, oops, I meant Moore. Have some respect when you address the First Lady or maybe you flunked out of English class in elementary school. Whatever your hang up is, just now that our country has been in the toilet since GW decided to avenge his father's name by going into Iraq. He is a liar,a coward and a thief. Our country will suffer for the 8 years that we allowed him to be in command for a few more generations.... You only have yourself to blame Tommy Boy!

  • Ash NA

    "I think you're giving to much credit to the American Public, they're not that smart". Their publicist pretty much sums up the whole controversy.

    Their music really is very naive and it's little surprise that their attitudes to politics mirror that deficiency in artistic ability. I can understand now why I've never heard of them, except in relation to this story. Why would anyone put their destiny in the hands of bigots to begin with, is the money really worth it?

    This doco should be re-titled Bigots and Big Tea.

  • http://twitter.com/jimmy6p jimmy kraktov

    This is the first time I've heard these chicks and it will be my last. I don't care what they said, or say. Not worth a documentary imo.

    As for Dubya and his handlers, they did a huge hurt to the world's economy and stability. They all deserve all the mean things said about them. No nice people in that crowd.