Dixie Chicks Slammed for Bush Remark
Grammy darlings the Dixie Chicks are drawing fire from country music fans for remarks made earlier this week by Natalie Maines about President Bush, the Associated Press reports from Nashville.
Speaking to an audience in London, Maines said: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
There has been no comment from the White House on the remark, though President Bush, at press conferences, has made it clear that he is unmoved by his critics on the issue of stopping a war with Iraq.
Yet as a result of Maines's words, irate phone calls flooded Nashville radio station WKDF-FM on Thursday, with some listeners demanding a boycott of the Texas trio's music, AP reports.
Still, the Chicks are standing firm in their anti-war sentiment -- making clear, too, that in no way are they against those serving in the American armed forces.
In a statement released Thursday, the musicians said they have been abroad for several weeks, allowing them to see first-hand that "the anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding.
"While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."
In her own statement, Lubbock-native Maines, 29, said, "I feel the president is ignoring the opinion of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration, and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view."
It will be worth noting how the Chicks are received on the next swing of their tour. The U.S. leg of their tour in support of the multiplatinum album "Home" is due to begin May 1 -- in Greenville, South Carolina.