This is an excerpt from an email I sent off to an XM radio station this morning.
I like country music. It is one of the reasons I have XM. My only online “favorites” for XM are Nashville, Highway16, and AOL Country Sessions. That being said, I’m already tired of hearing the Dixie Chicks. I switched the channel at least three times within about an hour this morning to get away from it.
I’m tired of the Dixie Chicks in general, and I’m tired of hearing about them. Natalie shot her mouth off, which is her right to do. God love her for speaking her mind. I thought her remarks were out of line, and well, dumb. That is my right to have that opinion. I was just getting to the point where I was ready to forget about it, when the new song comes out, “Not Ready To Make Nice.” Natalie has said they have been threatened and harassed – the reason for the song. Violence or the threat of over an opinion is really dumb, unnecessary, and shouldn’t have happened. However, as far as I’m concerned, the song is a big fat middle finger from the girls to a large segment of the country music audience – me. They should have just let it go. It is really too bad, because I like the guitar solo at the beginning of the song. The message, however, does matter.
I will not return the rude gesture, but will also not listen to their music or buy their albums. The girls have every right to express their opinion. But they – and country radio – should understand that the flag-waving, Nascar-watching, country-music-loving people who patronize the Dixie Chicks brand are often highly offended by the denigration of the US as well as the Office of the President of the United States especially in a time of war, regardless of who sits in the oval office. We’re willing to forgive, but the Dixie Chicks don’t seem to have learned.