Those are the 12 words that Natalie Maines said on stage that caused the big anti-Dixie-Chicks uproar that has caused there to be not only public trashing of their music but they have been banned by many radio stations across the land. If that wasn't bad enough, they've had their lives and the lives of their families threatened.
There has been a documentary created about this whole turn of events called "Shut Up and Sing" (from one of the milder bits of hate mail that they got, but shortly and sweetly sums up the whole dilemna) Now the NBC and CW networks are refusing to even run the ad/trailer for the film [LINK]:
NBC said it "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush."
CW said it "does not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot."
Harvey Weinstein (from Weinstein Co., the film's producers) comments:
In an Ironic Twist of Events, NBC and the CW Television Networks Refuse to Air Ads for Documentary Focusing on Freedom of Speech.
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.
Austin tag, because the Dixie Chicks are a local band. Natalie lives just a few miles down the road, or at least she did a couple of years back. The others live further south, not technically in Austin anymore.
MySpace "Shut Up and Sing"
Dixie Chicks on MySpace
Dixie Chicks Website
Topic and some links found via PinkDome.
Tags: Music - Austin - Texas - Texas Music - Dixie Chicks - Bush