“Let Sleeping Bitches Lie” – Dixie Chicks Stirring Things Up Again!

October 27, 2006

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The Dixie Chicks

When I raved to a couple of friends on how much I liked the recent number one single, “I’m Not Ready To Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks I didn’t expect to wind up in a political debate! I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I consider myself an original thinker. I will listen with an open mind…up to a point.

I’m feel blessed to live in America and be able to enjoy freedom of expression as an artist and a writer. I lived through many political witchunts and saw many writers and entertainers careers ruined by accusations that were exaggerated or sometimes even fabricated. When I heard, for myself, Natalie Maines (lead singer of the Chicks) make the comment that the band is “ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas”, my first reaction was one of horror! How could she say such a thing about our president, in a foreign country at a time of War? I would imagine that such a statement at other times in our country’s history, during time of war, would be tantamount to treason!

When I saw their Radio play, CD sales and sale of concert tickets suffer, I thought it was a shame that the public still couldn’t seperate the Artist and the Art! I actually thought they had suffered enough, but just as I was about to forgive them and put on another cut from their landmark album, one of my friends showed me an article that ran in the Hollywood reporter on Thursday…

 

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The company distributing a new documentary about the Dixie Chicks has blasted the NBC and CW networks for allegedly refusing to accept a commercial spot for the film, which opens in four theatere on friday.

The film, playing initially in Los Angeles and New York, revolves around the political firestorm stirred up in 2003 when the Dixie Chicks criticized Bush during a concert in London.

The Weinstein Co. distributed documents that appeared to be from NBC’s advertising standards division rejecting the spots and with the handwritten remarks about President Bush.

According to a source, the spot has been cleared for broadcast on CBS, MTV and on local NBC, CW, ABC and Fox affiliates in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on local cable systems, including local spots on Fox News and CNN. The commercial, posted at features footage of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines.

“It’s a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co.

After I read this, I shook my head and said to my friends , ” Haven’t we heard enough about this already?” One of my friends chimes in, “Yeah…Let Sleeping Bitches Lie”, while the other friend responds, ” Hold on a second…You ignorent slut!” While the shit is hitting the fan, here at Artie Wayne On The Web, I’d like to hear what all of you think about all of this. You can make your comment at the end of this article…

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20 Responses to ““Let Sleeping Bitches Lie” – Dixie Chicks Stirring Things Up Again!”


  1. Well I have to say I am ashamed sometimes when I see President Bush address the “world” in his somewhat broken English. I am ashamed of my own accent here in the UK and how people will associate me with being as stupid as he sounds sometimes. I am not totally against George Bush, I even wrote how I thought he was improving with time (Hands off the Weed Killer, this Bush might be Blooming, http://www.sebrt.com) and honestly I think he has a human core, but the guys who are pulling the strings while Bush dances on stage are the ones to be ashamed of..and maybe Bush is too socially inept to see who is controlling him. -Sebastian.

    http://tektrekgamer.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/bush-might-be-blooming/

  2. WD Kent Says:

    Original thinker my ass! The Dixie Chicks Are HOT and you know it! Go Blog yourself!

    W.D.Kent

  3. Alan V. Karr Says:

    Who is Sebastian Prooth? Never heard of him. If I did, I might be ashamed that he is from the United States and talking trash about my man W, like whatstheirnames.

    If he remains in England/Europe, I’d suggest he take up a Middle Eastern language; he’s gonna need it to communicate, whether his American-flavored Urdu sounds stupid or not.

  4. Richard Kimball Says:

    Hey there all of you old rockers of the 60’s and 70’s and presumably lovers of the first amendment Are we gonna sit back and let the Dixie Chicks fight our battles for us by themselves? Where are those rebellious rockers who got into the business to fight the establishment? Let’s show some support…The Dixie Chicks, like all of us, have every right to speak out and question their government, whether on our soil or not. That act is NOT tantamount to treason, but extremely patriotic. This bogus war that W has got us into, has needlessly caused thousands of American casualties, and hundres of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths. We are fighting a war that we CANNOT WIN. It makes no difference whether we get out of Iraq now or later, the factions within that country, both political and religious, are entangled in an horrific civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. Our presence only exacerbates the situation.

    Bush and his minions lied to us and continue to lie to us about every facet of this quagmire in which we are involved.

    The Dixie Chicks are ashamed that W is from Texas, hell I’m ashamed he’s the president of our great country.

    Oh, by the way…since Natalie made that remark, she has certainly been proven right.

  5. Ed Salamon Says:

    Hi Artie,
    I’m not clear from the article (which was hard to follow at points) whether it was only the specific commercial for the movie that was banned, or whether the two networks would not consider airing ANY commercial for the movie. To me, that would be a big difference. Might the line “with the handwritten remarks about President Bush” mean that they found this particular portion of the specific spot unacceptable?

    For example, here in Tennessee a negative spot against Senate candidate Harold Ford has recently been pulled after complaints by the NAACP. There are certainly other spots running for his competitor Bob Corker and even other negative spots against Ford still on the air.
    Banning a specfic spot is hardly the same as blacklisting the sponsor, but if it can be spun that way it is a lot of free publicity.
    As a longtime broadcaster myself, I applaud whenever any broadcaster makes a stand about the propriety of a commercial’s content for his audience. It’s always easier to just take the money.

  6. Patti Says:

    It seems they only want free speech for themselves, but balk when others state an opposing opinion. Is only their opinion allowed by free speech?

    They are self-centered, and if you saw the Larry King show, not very bright or educated on the issues. They even had to steal the title of their film from the title of Laura Ingraham’s book, Shut Up and Sing. So much for creativity.

    They have the right to say what they want, boring or not, and we have the right not to attend their concerts or buy the product. Where they have gone wrong is in not expecting or allowing a reaction to their words.

    Narcissism rules!

  7. Phil M. Says:

    In contrast to the idea of having them “shut up and sing,” I can’t stand the Dixie Chicks’ music, and don’t give a hoot what their politics might be, but, watching from afar how they’ve contended with the reaction to their little bombshell, I can’t help but admire their balls. Nine artists out of 10 (if not more) caught in the same situation, especially while riding major success at the time, would’ve backpedaled, backed down, backed off, but these chicks have stuck to their guns all the way, and I can only but admire that. I had imagined that the two sisters might’ve distanced themselves from Natalie’s comment at least a little bit, at least said “She’s speaking only for herself” or something like that, but actually they’ve backed her to the hilt. The flap also attests to the power of the notion — perhaps even a human instinct — that it’s OK to criticize from within, but not from without.

  8. Mark Petty Says:

    Those who hate the Dixie Chicks should not go to this address:

    http://tinyurl.com/yl7dd9

  9. Andrew C. Jones Says:

    I heard somewhere that while the (first) controversy raged, the Chicks tried to donate a huge amount of money (maybe $1 million) to the Red Cross … and the Red Cross wouldn’t accept. Now, if that’s true, THAT is overreaction.

  10. Artie Wayne Says:

    Ed Salamon brought to my attention that my editing of the Hollywood Reporter article might have been confusing so I’m reprinting it in it’s entirety.

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The company distributing a new documentary about the Dixie Chicks has blasted the NBC and CW networks for allegedly refusing to accept a commercial spot for the film, which opens in four theaters Friday.

    In a press release issued late Thursday, the Weinstein Co. said NBC rejected a spot for “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing,” because the spot included material that “disparages President Bush.”

    The film, playing initially in Los Angeles and New York, revolves around the political firestorm stirred up in 2003 when the Dixie Chicks criticized Bush during a concert in London.

    The Weinstein Co. distributed documents that appeared to be from NBC’s advertising standards division rejecting the spots and with the handwritten remarks about President Bush.

    An NBC executive declined comment, while CW spokesman Paul McGuire said, “The release is flat-out inaccurate.”

    The Weinstein Co. distributed a document from CW that referred to “concerns (that) we do not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot.” CW countered that it had been in conversations with the Weinstein Co. about taking the spot, but those talks never progressed beyond where on the CW schedule the spot would run.

    “The whole matter is rather a mystery to us,” McGuire said of the hubbub.

    According to a source, the spot has been cleared for broadcast on CBS, MTV and on local NBC, CW, ABC and Fox affiliates in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on local cable systems, including local spots on Fox News and CNN. The commercial, posted at http://www.shutupandpost.com, features footage of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines making the comment that the band is “ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas” as well as footage of Bush reacting to the controversy and scenes of anti-Dixie Chicks protests that erupted after Maines’ comment was publicized.

    “It’s a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co.

    His release went so far as to include a comment from famed litigator David Boies.

    “Shut Up” isn’t the only new movie to generate controversy with its TV and radio marketing campaign. Earlier this week, CNN and National Public Radio refused ads for Newmarket’s “Death of a President, which portrays the fictional assassination of President Bush. That film also opens Friday in limited release.

    Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

  11. Mark Says:

    The Problem Is Not What They Said It Is Where They Said It And The Timing Was Not Good. A Simple Apology For Those 2 Things Could Have Resolved Everything. I’m Not Saying That They Should Apologize For What They Said But To Acknowledge That They Were Wrong With Where They Said It. Instead They Got All Puffed Up And Felt Like They Had To Make A Stand. They Turned On Their Fans And The Industry That Made Them Who They Are. The Real Shame Now Is That They Are Being Used As Political Pawns And The People That Worked Hard All Year And Actually Got Air Time For Their Music Got Screwed Last Night At The Grammys. I Am Just Curious As To How Much Money That Record Brought In. I Mean Come On Do You Really Think They Deserved All That Credit What About Justin Or Beyonce I Think I Heard Alot More From Them Than I Did The Dixie Chicks.

  12. Rex Patton Says:

    You gave yourself away when you asked “how much money that record brought in”. We see what your priorities are and they make your observations and opinions laughable.

  13. Darci Says:

    Ok, I have actually seen the Dixie Chick’s Movie “Shut Up and Sing” and after the movie ended and I walked away, I found myself having to pick my jaw off the ground. The movie takes a very objective perspective; shows both sides, the truth. They dont try and make the Chicks looks like they are completely innocent, however; portray a seemingly accurate account of the 3 years following “their shocking statement” in London. Maines’ actual statement was “just so you know, we are ashamed president Bush is from Texas”. She said this because that day in London, over 1 million people protested downtown against the “war on terror”. She was exercizing her right to free speech, but mostly just trying to get cheers from the crowd (which she did for about 5 solid minutes).
    Now I am from Canada and up here ‘Free Speech’ actually means free speech, so I have a hard time understanding why what Natalie Maines said was so shocking. But if Americans are so proud of their Rights and Freedoms then maybe they should start recognizing and respecting everyone elses. (not directed to all americans as I recognize that all of you are not ignorate as some canadians like to think)
    -Darci, Proud Canadian and American Neighbour

  14. Brandon Says:

    I find the whole Dixie Chicks situation to be just a great lesson of both ends of free speech. What people forget is that free speech also requires responsibility. That is where the Dixie Chicks went wrong.

    Did their opponents overreact? Yup. (Myself included) However, I think what upset most people is they did not want to take responsibility for their statements and actions. If you are going to say something questionable or controversial – you better be prepared for what awaits you (good or bad) and especially when you are a public figure. And when the public does react to you in a negative way – do not piss and moan about how bad it is and parade around as some holier than thou righteous elitist moral authority talking down to those that oppose you. The Dixie Chicks did just that. They couldn’t understand why people did not like them after their statements. It seems to me they’re the ones who do not understand free speech.

    They weren’t blacklisted (at least not by the public). The Dixie Chicks chose to bring politics into their entertainment…forcefully. By force I mean at a concert full of people willing to pay them to perform, not be political. The Dixie Chicks certainly have the right to do that. However, the consumers that pay for their entertainment have the right to reject them if they bring something like that into their product…whether or not the message is right or wrong has little relevance.

    As far as the Grammy’s…what a joke. Obviously I’m being subjective here, but I have to ask who has heard any of their latest material? Who has purchased it? Don’t give me a line of BS that the critics know good stuff. They won their awards because Hollywood got behind them and wanted to revive their career because they are inline with the Hollywood status quo. They’ve been faithful servants (as someone stated above they are now political pawns) and they were rewarded for service to the left. They won for their beliefs, not because of their music or talent. And at any rate I don’t think they were ever all that great to begin with. Covers of Fleetwood Mac and songs like “Goodbye Earl” are products of highly talented artists? Please!

    Patti was correct with the narcissism statement. The Dixie Chicks are nothing but a long train wreck. First went the engine, now every car after that each time they step back into the public eye. It’s very sad, but an important lesson I think every American should take note of.

  15. you don't need to knnow Says:

    Don’t make fun of the Dixie Chicks. They only said something alot of people didn’t like. If I was them and I had i comment that I wanted to say I would have dont the same thing. you guys makeing fun of the Dixie Chicks are the bitches NOT them ;(

  16. Dixie Chick ♥ Says:

    You guys are makeing a big deel out of a comment. what the Dixie Chicks say is none of everybody’s buisness. Why make a big deel out of something you people didn’t even do ? Let the Dixie Chicks deel with their own problems. you guys dont need to be involved. =b ITS NOT A BIG DEEL MR.BUSH OUBVIOUSLY JUST CAN’T TAKE IT WHEN PEOPLE SAY STUFF ABOUT HIM. IF YOU WAN’T TO SAY A COMMENT YOU SHOULD BE ALOUD TO WITHOUT EVERYONE MAKEING A BIG DEEL OUT OF IT !!!

  17. sarah Says:

    they should be able 2 speek the truth

  18. Katai Says:

    I agree with the canadian on this one…and honestly, everyone is intitled to their own opinion. some people like bush, some people hate em. Who cares if you like him or not.

  19. Thisbitch Says:

    Sleeping bitches? that comment in and of itself invalidates anything you and your cronies have to say

  20. Christine Says:

    At the end of the day, this country is all about Freedom and that includes Freedom of Speech. I don’t think anyone should be persecuted for expressing their feelings or opinions, that’s what being American IS. You share your voice. Look at the mess we are in, and everyone is too damn scared to speak up. Haven’t we evolved passed the lynch mob mentality. This is why our country is considered bullies. I live in England now, i LOVE America, its my country, but i can tell you from Pakistan (where i have also been) to England…the things i hear, I’m not embarrassed to be an American, i am Embarrassed that a nation of freedom thinking, independent, trail blazing, pioneer minded nation would elect an ass like George Bush to represent us. Yes, he was our president, but there is no law that says you have to like him, and EVERY RIGHT to say how you feel. I’m embarrassed as hell when i’m in social situations and people start talking about George Bush…aren’t you? If not, then take a closer look…really look.


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