You remember when the Dixie Chicks, at the height of their Country Songbird Sweetheart reign, by way of lead singer Natalie Maines, took on President W for the war and said they were ashamed he was from Texas? And remember how their careers suddenly tanked because everyone from Toby Keith to Reba McEntire to country radio came down on them for speaking their own opinions? Their music was pulled from the airwaves and the Chicks were shunned by the music industry for having the courage to speak their mind about a man who is an American war criminal.
I fell in love with the Chicks right about that time, and now I love ‘em even more.
I first read of this over at Blobby’s but thought I’d share it here myself:
The Dixie Chicks are back, and as one of my favorite Chicks songs says, they are not ready to make nice. On their DCX MMXVI World Tour they have taken on a new political foe: Donald [t]Rump.
While singing the song Goodbye Earl, they show this photo of the ultimate bully as a back drop:
See, the song tells the story of two best friends from high school; Mary Ann leaves the town after graduation, while Wanda stays and married Earl, who physically abuses her repeatedly. Wanda files for divorce but "Earl walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care." When Mary Ann flies in for a visit the women decide "that Earl had to die," and they kill him, by poisoning his black-eyed peas.
Now, the Chicks aren’t saying [t]Rump has abused his wives — though perhaps being a serial adulterer is a form of abuse — but they are suggesting that [t]Rump is to America what Earl was to his wife in the song.
And I don’t believe the Chicks will face any backlash for this dig at a GOP candidate because even though [t]Rump has done everything wrong, offended just about any group he chooses, lied and name-called and foot-stomped about how mean people are to him, he won the nomination anyway. But, the more people that come out against [t]Rump, and show him in his true colors, the more hurt he is going to feel. And come election day, when he loses, and tries to tell us all that he never wanted to be president anyway because being president is a loser job and he’s just oh so rich, the better we are all going to feel.
And so for that, “Thanks Chicks.”
PS: here's the Chicks song about not feeling bad for speaking their minds: