(L-R) Musicians Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, shown here on February 27, 2014. Photo: AFP
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The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks

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Because nothing reeks of equality as much as the term "chicks."

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Succumbed to PC pressure did they ?

who or what is next ?

19 ( +32 / -13 )

This is all getting ridiculous .

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Good for them, although I wish they had come up with a better alternative name. For them to have been treated in such a bad way by the country music scene is disgusting, and serves to strengthen the stereotype of "ignorant, nationalistic, hill-Billy bigots", which is not really true.

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Dumping "Dixie" was long overdue, but "The Chicks" is a lame name for the trio who were victimized by a vicious campaign of sexism and hate. "Southern Gals" sounds better, or something even stronger to assert themselves, like smokin' Neil Young did with his blistering retort to racism and white supremacy, "Southern Man".

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This is all getting ridiculous .

Exactly!

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Being such socially-aware social justice warriors , you'd think they would have known about the connotations of the word "Dixie" back when they were thinking up a name. I guess not. I'm assuming that like so many of today's SJWs, the "knowledge" that fuels their outrage comes from Facebook memes rather than from well-researched books.

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American originals, brilliant musicians, fearless. They can call themselves any damn thing they want, as long as they keep speaking up and making music.

To all the racists who will express faux outrage over this, all I can say is, look away.

I want them to drop some new music! They are so good, and I miss them.

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Pandering much?

4 ( +15 / -11 )

Good for them.

They suffered years of abuse, death threats and a horrific hate campaign for daring to express their opposition to crimes against humanity committed by the government of their country. Their treatment was a hideous disgrace.

The Chicks really isn't an appealing name, though.

4 ( +16 / -12 )

The pandering continues unabated.

13 ( +25 / -12 )

This is all really lame.

15 ( +23 / -8 )

Good chicks..

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

The pandering continues unabated.

This is all really lame.

This is all getting ridiculous .

Pandering much?

Tissue, manicure??..

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

The will be little confusion with the New Zealand band, as the correct pronunciation of that band is "The Chucks".

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Of course, this is just the beginning. Much more pandering to come.

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Hey, come to think of it, The Panderers is a pretty good name!

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Chixie Dicks?

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Just to make sure we're all on the same page: everyone does realize that the Confederates were the bad guys in the Civil War, right? Like they were the side fighting for slavery, right? And that is bad, right? And they killed lots of American soldiers and tried to break the United States up. Also bad, right?

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The chicks were simply worried about being targeted by SJWs so they are trying to pre-empt that...…

My guess is they ""need"" to do this in order to keep a few $$$ rolling their way, if they had gotten hit by SJWs it would likely have sunk them, so I think this is more self preservation than pandering, certainly both, pick your own percentages!

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So, the Dixie Chicks will remove Dixie from their name, huh?

Such a magnanimous decision only begs the question (by their own hair-brained standards) that their remaining name, "Chicks" marginalizes women.

Inevitably, all that's left is "DUH" . Maybe they'll extend it to DUHHH.... with proper intonation to reveal their super-intellectual zeitgeist genuflecting. Sooner or later, one of the three will discover zhe's not white and not a woman. Then the circle will be complete.

Hallelujah!

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The call is theirs to make.

The baggage associated with the term Chicks may well be regional - I doubt it attracts the same derision all over.

Their new video is worth watching. Powerful country music.

https://youtu.be/xwBjF_VVFvE

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I'm offended by the name "Chicks"

6 ( +15 / -9 )

epic fail.

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"This is all getting ridiculous ." You've come to the right place...

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The Dipsy Chix?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Drop the "c" too.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

With apologies to nandakandamanda and moonwatcher,

The Ditzy Hicks

6 ( +9 / -3 )

never knew of the connotations of the term 'dixie' before, so at least I learnt something from this thread.

although I still can't name a single song or member of this group, so who cares...

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The pendulum is swinging from one end to the other, and it is going to take a while before it finds it's eventual way back to the middle!

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Ok, how about "The Chickens"?

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The pendulum is swinging from one end to the other, and it is going to take a while before it finds it's eventual way back to the middle!

I hope you’re right. I’d like to think we can enjoy the right wingers getting flustered while laughing at the craziness of the woke clowns without too much concern.

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Next is the Star Spangled Banner going to be replaced with Imagine by John Lennon?

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Next is the Star Spangled Banner going to be replaced with Imagine by John Lennon?

The rightwingers won’t have that. The line ‘Imagine there’s no heaven’ has been expurgated in the past by triggered evangelicals in the US.

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Their band, their music, their name. Don't buy their records if it offends your delicate sensibilities.

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So we can no longer use Dixie Cups?

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How about the Yankee Chicks?

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I wasn't aware that the term Dixie was anything more than a term for the southern states.

But it the term does genuinely cause offense, they're right to consider it.

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Just to make sure we're all on the same page: everyone does realize that the Confederates were the bad guys in the Civil War, right? Like they were the side fighting for slavery, right? And that is bad, right? 

made me think of:

https://youtu.be/hn1VxaMEjRU

"Are we the baddies?" sketch

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Theres nothing wrong with being proud of where you're from.

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Better name for them is Cave'n Chicks...

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I'm sure they could have thought of a better name than simply dropping "Dixie", but good on them for being progressive.

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smithinjapan,

You call that progressive?

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Taking advantage of all the PC silliness on the world Today to get into the spotlight again. Pathetic

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The knee-jerk chicks?

invalid CSRF

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Its "progressive" to pander and sell yourself out to avoid commercial suicide because of ignorant mob hysteria.

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"Dixie" didn't do them any favors anyway. Remember, country radio blacklisted them 17 years ago for speaking against the war in Iraq

"A Controversy That Changed Dixie Chicks Careers 17 Years Ago"

https://www.countrythangdaily.com/dixie-chicks-natalie-maines-controversy/

In late 2002, the Dixie Chicks were on top of the country music world, and their album “Home” had gone platinum — several times over.

But what a difference a few months made for the trio from Texas.

It was in March 2003, when Natalie Maines stood onstage in London and voiced out her disapproval of the looming Iraq war and then-President George W. Bush.

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence,” Maines said. “And we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

But little did she know that her statements will bring an overwhelming amount of controversy. The trio’s music was banned from the country radio after that. Country fans staged “protests” where Dixie Chicks’ CDs were run over by bulldozers. Emily Robinson’s home was vandalized.

The band needed to go “straight from the police cars to the stage and straight from the stage back to the police cars and back to the plane,” says Maines. Thanks but no thanks to the several scary death threats they received.

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Dunno why they should keep the name anyways

"Dixie" left them way before they left the "Dixie" name

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Surprised peta isn't complaining chicks is offensive to chickens

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I’m changing my handle to Boy of Company B - because it makes as much sense as their decision.

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Can we still whistle Dixie without being called racist?

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Next, the Mason-Dixon line will be moved up to the border with Canada; then the entire country will be called the racist south.

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I’m changing my handle to Boy of Company B - because it makes as much sense as their decision.

Why does it have to make sense to ya?

If ya change your name, why does it have to make sense to us?

We don't care what ya call yourself - why do ya care what they call themselves

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Maybe that link to their new song / video didn't work.

Try this - it's gritty country with a punch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=xwBjF_VVFvE&feature=emb_logo

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Pathetic

Is my handle here non pc....

kobe white bar owner?

im in a panic, satirical comment.

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^l^

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Trust me the way the worlds going it wont be long!

The world has gone woke crazy and not for the better!

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Don't worry we can still have Uncle Bens rice's and sauces with its logo and historical connotations!

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@Lostrune2, Why does it have to make sense to ya?

If ya change your name, why does it have to make sense to us?

We don't care what ya call yourself - why do ya care what they call themselves?

Is that the answer? Lets not care about anything? Who cares if mob hysteria is influencing society? So why post your comment? After all nothing matters, right?

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moonwatcherToday  03:18 pm JST

Ok, how about "The Chickens"?

They actually took their name from a song titled 'Dixie Chicken'. As for the word 'chicks' it's just a slang word and there are ALOT more offensive words for fmales than that.

Compare with 'Electric Light Orchestra'. I have their 1981 CD 'Time' that lists them by that name. Their next release 'Secret Messages' which I also own lists them as just 'E.L.O.' and that's from 1983. Last year I saw them live in concert and due to some stupid British rock'n'roll 'business crap' the band was styled as 'Jeff Lynne's ELO'. Go figure. A rose is a rose is a rose by any other name.

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The Clucks?

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Utterly ridiculous.

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After pressured from feminist groups, the Chicks will goes on to drop "Chicks" to rename "the" :)

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Will they also attack Dixie cups, Dixie plates, Winn-Dixie - the Souther heritage brand supermarket serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi? Those brand names they bought and promoted so highly known for years will change because it will be brought to light. As they say "What's in a Name" as Shakespeare says: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" and in Romeo and Juliet - Romeo is from her family's rival house of Montague, that is, that he is named Montague".

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@Lostrune2, Why does it have to make sense to ya?

If ya change your name, why does it have to make sense to us?*

We don't care what ya call yourself - why do ya care what they call themselves?*

Is that the answer? Lets not care about anything? Who cares if mob hysteria is influencing society? So why post your comment? After all nothing matters, right?

Just because we don't have to care about everything does not mean we don't have to care about anything

We don't have to care about everything. For ex: as long as it's not hurting anybody or them, we don't care what ya call your kids. It's their names, not ours - it doesn't have to make sense to us

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

"Ditsy Chicks" sounds appropriate. And certainly more fitting.

The ditsy chicks forgot who actually had made them famous, and rich. It was the ditsy chicks who chose to turn on their own fans, and were surprised when their ex-fans no longer supported them. I noticed that fans of hip-hop, jazz, classical, blues, pop, reggae, metal, or alternative music did not rush to replace the country fans that the ditsy chicks had repeatedly insulted.

When the fans disappear, so does the money, and fame.

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Apparently, "stupid" has no threshold.

@rainyday: Just to make sure we're on the same page here, you know the Civil War wasn't fought primarily over the slavery issue, right? You do know that the southerners weren't the only ones with slaves, right? You do know that the northern industries did their best to keep the south from further and better industrializing, right? You did graduate from high school, right?

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@rainyday: Just to make sure we're on the same page here, you know the Civil War wasn't fought primarily over the slavery issue, right? You do know that the southerners weren't the only ones with slaves, right? You do know that the northern industries did their best to keep the south from further and better industrializing, right? You did graduate from high school, right?

Sounds like someone trying to whitewash history to me.

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rainy day: Just to make sure we're on the same page here, you know the Civil War wasn't fought primarily over the slavery issue, right? You do know that the southerners weren't the only ones with slaves, right? You do know that the northern industries did their best to keep the south from further and better industrializing, right? You did graduate from high school, right.

Yup, so? The war wasn’t just about slavery but slavery was one of its main motivations, especially after the Emancipation Proclamation. Southerners weren’t the only ones with slaves, but the vast majority of slaves were held in the South, where many states economies were dependent on slave labor. Regardless of what northern industries did, much of the South wasn’t going to industrialize so long as its economic and political elite favored an economy heavily reliant on slave labor, which itself is a major impediment to industrialization. Maybe we went to different high schools.

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Sounds like someone trying to whitewash history to me.

Separatism was the actual root cause rather than slavery. Look at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullification_crisis#Negotiation_andconfrontation(1833)

As Andrew Jackson presciently wrote in 1833, "the tariff was only a pretext, and disunion and Southern confederacy the real object. The next pretext will be the negro, or slavery question."

People growing up today don't seem to realize that prior to the Civil War, people that grew up in, say Virginia or New York state actually viewed themselves as much a citizen of that state as they did a citizen of the United States. Regionalism actually meant something at that time, and the primary division in Congress was based on it. Even the founders recognized this by setting up the Senate as the designated chamber for representation of state interests. Such nuance is lost in the modern day though, where it's easier to say that the Civil War was simply over slavery. For comparison, this would be like saying that the American Revolution was simply over taxes.

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since they have operated under the name for 30 years, and since they are (apparently) 'socially aware', I wonder why it didn't occur to them before.

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since they have operated under the name for 30 years, and since they are (apparently) 'socially aware', I wonder why it didn't occur to them before.

Me too. I'm offended that they would take such a progressive stance and change their opinion. They should have done the proper extremist thing, and never admit that there was a problem in the first place.

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The Chicks

Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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If they are going this PC chicks is offensive to woman and not inclusive of other sexualities, they should just rename themselves to "individuals" because everything else apparently offends someone

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Should have changed their names to the "Pixie Chicks"

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To the educated people gere attempti g to convey the true history to the leftists here I wish you the best of luck. It doesnt compute with their simplistic virtuous “knowledge”.

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Everybody's in a race to the bottom in their feeble attempts to be the most politically correct and hyper-sensitive people out there.

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since they have operated under the name for 30 years, and since they are (apparently) 'socially aware', I wonder why it didn't occur to them before.

Ah, it is forbidden to ask this question.

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Who would have thought they have quite a fan base here?

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The Mason Dixon line, no matter what associations came later, was originally the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. The surveyors who created it were British surveyors. But whatever, it’s their band.

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They bashed Trump, They bashed the South of USA, They bashed Republicans and they are now bashing Dixie. The fans bashed their ticket sales and albums!!!

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ETHAN1001June 27  10:56 pm JST

They bashed Trump, They bashed the South of USA, They bashed Republicans and they are now bashing Dixie. The fans bashed their ticket sales and albums!!!

It's their prerogative. There's a lot of music acts that have attracted some extremist 'fans'. Tom Petty used a Dixie flag for his 1985 tour for 'Southern Accents' and he was disgusted with the racist crud fans that had appropriated his song 'Rebel' and the album to promote their bigotry. He never used that flag again. Lynyrd Skynyrd has done the same and they are not a racist band either.

About the only people using it now are the violent racist trash. And if the Chicks want to drop the 'Dixie' then that's their business. They're not racists either and this is not a PC issue, it's about evolving from an ugly shameful history. And Trump is a disgrace as well.

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Paul Laimal-ConvoyJune 26  07:21 am JST

Good for them, although I wish they had come up with a better alternative name. For them to have been treated in such a bad way by the country music scene is disgusting, and serves to strengthen the stereotype of "ignorant, nationalistic, hill-Billy bigots", which is not really true.

The Buckeye Country Festival was cancelled in my hometown university a few years ago supposedly because 'they couldn't many women performers to fit the bill'. Really, meaning 'women with smarts'. The most popular female 'artists' in America today generally get famous for their looks, not their brains or talent. Shania Twain has the look but her CDs are unlistenable garbage.

And yes for too long there's been the jingoistic 'God Bless the U.S.A.' armchair general crowd since the 1991 Gulf War and it's sickening. And most of 'country' itself is just 'ignorant hillbilly' puke but now it's for the Yuppie crowd. Note how they dismissed Johnny Cash as 'old hat' in his later career and his famous reaction to them!

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And yes for too long there's been the jingoistic 'God Bless the U.S.A.' armchair general crowd since the 1991 Gulf War and it's sickening.

Why? What's wrong with being patriotic?

And most of 'country' itself is just 'ignorant hillbilly' puke but now it's for the Yuppie crowd.

That doesn't make sense, really.

Note how they dismissed Johnny Cash as 'old hat' in his later career and his famous reaction to them!

Ok, now that I do agree with.

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LOL at everyone getting in a tizzy over a pop group. Gotta love the posters accusing this group of being "PC" and "social justice warriors". Speaks volumes about the reactionary worldview of many of our American posters on this site.

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The Ducksie chix, the Poxy Chics, or something north of the Mason-Dix..... uh... line.

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The song's lyrics reference current social unrest including anti-racism protests and police brutality, as well as fights to end gun violence, slow climate change and expand LGBTQ rights.

Just like the Left to go through life bashing others for being politically incorrect, privileged and racist only to find it boomerang on them when they are found not to be ideologically pure.

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Good for them, although I wish they had come up with a better alternative name.

How about, ‘The Holier Than Thou Persons Identifying as Females’?

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What exactly is offensive about "Dixie"? American PC hysteria is confusing.

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what a load of nonsense (being polite)

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Hurray! The balance to the universe has been restored!

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Well they could have called them selves the Lixie Chicks maybe that would have appealed to a wider group of people including the LGB community too.

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asdfgtr - LOL at everyone getting in a tizzy over a pop group. Gotta love the posters accusing this group of being "PC" and "social justice warriors". Speaks volumes about the reactionary worldview of many of our American posters on this site.

Being "PC" and "social justice warriors" is all they have left of their once promising careers. They were at the top of the charts, and then they chose to attack their own fans. Over politics! The ditsy chicks made it clear that they didn't care what their fans (fans who were paying their salaries, and all the bills) thought. Oops. The fans lost interest in these "social justice warriors". No new fans volunteered to take the place of the old fans. No-Mo-Money coming in. Sales of tickets, merchandise, and music dried up. Eventually, the group broke up. They still couldn't make any money. Why? NO FANS! Apparently the group has gotten back together, but their name, and attitude, is still poison. This name change seems to be their latest act of desperation to gain some public attention.

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Being "PC" and "social justice warriors" is all they have left of their once promising careers. They were at the top of the charts, and then they chose to attack their own fans.

They spoke against the Iraq War, then the country radio stations blacklisted them:

"A Controversy That Changed Dixie Chicks Careers 17 Years Ago"

https://www.countrythangdaily.com/dixie-chicks-natalie-maines-controversy/

In late 2002, the Dixie Chicks were on top of the country music world, and their album “Home” had gone platinum — several times over.

But what a difference a few months made for the trio from Texas.

It was in March 2003, when Natalie Maines stood onstage in London and voiced out her disapproval of the looming Iraq war and then-President George W. Bush.

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence,” Maines said. “And we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

But little did she know that her statements will bring an overwhelming amount of controversy. The trio’s music was banned from the country radio after that. Country fans staged “protests” where Dixie Chicks’ CDs were run over by bulldozers. Emily Robinson’s home was vandalized.

The band needed to go “straight from the police cars to the stage and straight from the stage back to the police cars and back to the plane,” says Maines. Thanks but no thanks to the several scary death threats they received.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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