Dixie Chicks, the American "country" music band got lot of hate and protest from their own fans when Natalie Maines, the lead singer, criticized George Bush. The average country music fan is white, southern male and they are also mostly supporters of conservative Republicans and the war in Iraq.
So it was a brave thing for the Chicks to criticize the war and the president in their 2003 tour at London. The reaction were immediate and harsh. Their songs were taken out from country music radio stations and fans asked to boycott them.
How did the girls react back? They didnt demurely apologize to get back their fan base. They repeatedly declared that they stand by their statements. And that showed a great deal of character. The girls didnt shy away from a fight and fight they did get from country musicians like Toby Keith etc.
They have brought out a great new Album, "Not Ready to make nice" and the main song is a powerful defense of their stand and you should all listen to it. But beneath all this, one must also remember that they are great musicians as well as great looking girls. Who says good looks and intelligence doesnt go together.
Dixie Chicks are a powerful role model and I certainly dont think that they are doing this for publicity. Now these are girls I really admire for speaking their minds and so unlike Ms Roy of the God of Small things fame.
Here are the great lyrics.