Dixie Chics 1st US concert

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Dixie Chics 1st US concert
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 9:58am
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Dixie Chicks Spotlight Shines On Upstate

Fri May 2, 4:21 PM ET

After six weeks of nationwide furor and several days of frenzy in the Upstate, the Dixie Chicks kicked off their much anticipated U.S. tour Thursday night at BI-LO Center.

The sold-out show was the trio's first American concert since lead singer Natalie Maines ruffled feathers in March with remarks critical of President George W. Bush (news - web sites).

Maines told a London audience she was ashamed the president was from Texas.

Part of the reaction to Maines' remarks was an alternative concert at Spartanburg's Memorial Auditorium, also sold out, featuring the Marshall Tucker Band.

The concert drew a lot of attention nationwide, with more than 40 media outlets in town to cover the event and the reaction it would generate.

Sales of the group's album "Home" dropped after Maines' comments and many country radio stations pulled the Dixie Chicks' music from their playlists.

Before the Greenville show, about a dozen protestors both for and against the Dixie Chicks demonstrated in a designated area in front of the BI-LO Center.

Everything remained peaceful and no incidents or arrests were reported.

Inside, Maines addressed the controversy about 10 minutes into the show.

"They said you might not come," Maines told the crowd. "We knew you'd come because we have the greatest fans in the world."

Then Maines gave fans 15 seconds to get any booing out of their systems.

Most fans applauded.

After the show, one fan applauded Maines' handling of the situation.

"I think she handled it in a very American way," Dixie Chicks fan Kathy Case. "That's why our troops are over there, is to fight for our freedom. She gave us 15 seconds to decide how we felt about the situation.

Later in the show, Maines took off her jacket to revealing a shirt saying "Dare to be Free."


Well it appears Maine's comment, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.", didn't have an affect on the Dixie Chicks first US concert. I have to say it's a huge relief to see many don't agree with the lynch-mob mentality of hanging Celebs who are not a Bush supporter. It’s things like this that makes me proud to be an American, the land of the FREE.

God Bless America!


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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 6:42am
I wouldn't read too much into it just yet, as that and several other concerts were sold out prior to her comments in Britain, with those tickets being non-refundable. The story of just how much damage that little hypocritical twit has done to the Ditzy Chicks will really be told in the months to come when they release new songs and schedule new concerts.


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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 6:47pm
Well, since we are discussing celebrities...

I posted this letter by Michael Moore on the "War on Iraq" board but it seems that the traffic there is slowing down due to the "victory"

Here's an interesting letter by Michael Moore:


"My Oscar "Backlash": "Stupid White Men" Back At #1, "Bowling" Breaks New Records

Dear friends,

It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude -- and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let alone the thousands of Iraqis who have died, and my condolences and prayers go out to all of them.

So, where are all those weapons of mass destruction that were the pretense for this war? Ha! There is so much to say about all this, but I will save it for later.

What I am most concerned about right now is that all of you -- the majority of Americans who did not support this war in the first place -- not go silent or be intimidated by what will be touted as some great military victory. Now, more than ever, the voices of peace and truth must be heard. I have received a lot of mail from people who are feeling a profound sense of despair and believe that their voices have been drowned out by the drums and bombs of false patriotism. Some are afraid of retaliation at work or at school or in their neighborhoods because they have been vocal proponents of peace. They have been told over and over that it is not "appropriate" to protest once the country is at war, and that your only duty now is to "support the troops."

Can I share with you what it's been like for me since I used my time on the Oscar stage two weeks ago to speak out against Bush and this war? I hope that, in reading what I'm about to tell you, you'll feel a bit more emboldened to make your voice heard in whatever way or forum that is open to you.

When "Bowling for Columbine" was announced as the Oscar winner for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, the audience rose to its feet. It was a great moment, one that I will always cherish. They were standing and cheering for a film that says we Americans are a uniquely violent people, using our massive stash of guns to kill each other and to use them against many countries around the world. They were applauding a film that shows George W. Bush using fictitious fears to frighten the public into giving him whatever he wants. And they were honoring a film that states the following: The first Gulf War was an attempt to reinstall the dictator of Kuwait; Saddam Hussein was armed with weapons from the United States; and the American government is responsible for the deaths of a half-million children in Iraq over the past decade through its sanctions and bombing. That was the movie they were cheering, that was the movie they voted for, and so I decided that is what I should acknowledge in my speech.

And, thus, I said the following from the Oscar stage:

"On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan (from Canada), I would like to thank the Academy for this award. I have invited the other Documentary nominees on stage with me. They are here in solidarity because we like non-fiction. We like non-fiction because we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where fictitious election results give us a fictitious president. We are now fighting a war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fictitious 'Orange Alerts,' we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And, whenever you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."

Halfway through my remarks, some in the audience started to cheer. That immediately set off a group of people in the balcony who started to boo. Then those supporting my remarks started to shout down the booers. The L. A. Times reported that the director of the show started screaming at the orchestra "Music! Music!" in order to cut me off, so the band dutifully struck up a tune and my time was up. (For more on why I said what I said, you can read the op-ed I wrote for the L.A. Times, plus other reaction from around the country at my website)

The next day -- and in the two weeks since -- the right-wing pundits and radio shock jocks have been calling for my head. So, has all this ruckus hurt me? Have they succeeded in "silencing" me?

Well, take a look at my Oscar "backlash":

-- On the day after I criticized Bush and the war at the Academy Awards, attendance at "Bowling for Columbine" in theaters around the country went up 110% (source: Daily Variety/BoxOfficeMojo.com). The following weekend, the box office gross was up a whopping 73% (Variety). It is now the longest-running consecutive commercial release in America, 26 weeks in a row and still thriving. The number of theaters showing the film since the Oscars has INCREASED, and it has now bested the previous box office record for a documentary by nearly 300%.

-- Yesterday (April 6), "Stupid White Men" shot back to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is my book's 50th week on the list, 8 of them at number one, and this marks its fourth return to the top position, something that virtually never happens.

-- In the week after the Oscars, my website was getting 10-20 million hits A DAY (one day we even got more hits than the White House!). The mail has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive (and the hate mail has been hilarious!).

-- In the two days following the Oscars, more people pre-ordered the video for "Bowling for Columbine" on Amazon.com than the video for the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Chicago."

-- In the past week, I have obtained funding for my next documentary, and I have been offered a slot back on television to do an updated version of "TV Nation"/ "The Awful Truth."

I tell you all of this because I want to counteract a message that is told to us all the time -- that, if you take a chance to speak out politically, you will live to regret it. It will hurt you in some way, usually financially. You could lose your job. Others may not hire you. You will lose friends. And on and on and on.

Take the Dixie Chicks. I'm sure you've all heard by now that, because their lead singer mentioned how she was ashamed that Bush was from her home state of Texas, their record sales have "plummeted" and country stations are boycotting their music. The truth is that their sales are NOT down. This week, after all the attacks, their album is still at #1 on the Billboard country charts and, according to Entertainment Weekly, on the pop charts during all the brouhaha, they ROSE from #6 to #4. In the New York Times, Frank Rich reports that he tried to find a ticket to ANY of the Dixie Chicks' upcoming concerts but he couldn't because they were all sold out. (To read Rich's column from yesterday's Times, "Bowling for Kennebunkport," go here. He does a pretty good job of laying it all out and talks about my next film and the impact it could potentially have.) Their song, "Travelin' Soldier" (a beautiful anti-war ballad) was the most requested song on the internet last week. They have not been hurt at all -- but that is not what the media would have you believe. Why is that? Because there is nothing more important now than to keep the voices of dissent -- and those who would dare to ask a question -- SILENT. And what better way than to try and take a few well-known entertainers down with a pack of lies so that the average Joe or Jane gets the message loud and clear: "Wow, if they would do that to the Dixie Chicks or Michael Moore, what would they do to little ol' me?" In other words, shut the f--- up.

And that, my friends, is the real point of this film that I just got an Oscar for -- how those in charge use FEAR to manipulate the public into doing whatever they are told.

Well, the good news -- if there can be any good news this week -- is that not only have neither I nor others been silenced, we have been joined by millions of Americans who think the same way we do. Don't let the false patriots intimidate you by setting the agenda or the terms of the debate. Don't be defeated by polls that show 70% of the public in favor of the war. Remember that these Americans being polled are the same Americans whose kids (or neighbor's kids) have been sent over to Iraq. They are scared for the troops and they are being cowed into supporting a war they did not want -- and they want even less to see their friends, family, and neighbors come home dead. Everyone supports the troops returning home alive and all of us need to reach out and let their families know that.

Unfortunately, Bush and Co. are not through yet. This invasion and conquest will encourage them to do it again elsewhere. The real purpose of this war was to say to the rest of the world, "Don't Mess with Texas - If You Got What We Want, We're Coming to Get It!" This is not the time for the majority of us who believe in a peaceful America to be quiet. Make your voices heard. Despite what they have pulled off, it is still our country.


Michael Moore

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 7:22pm
It is a shame that Moore won an oscar for a film in which he twisted the truth to fit his needs. I have posted on the absurdity of this man ad infinitum, so I won't go into details this time.
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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 11:14pm
Before you guys all rag the Dixie Chicks to death, here is a list of quotes from Actors and Musicians, I find some of these quotes much more offensive. I included Jane Fonda even though her comments have nothing to do with President Bush or the war with Iraq. This comment is over 30 years old it shows how stupid they can be! If you want to read more comments here is the link http://hollywoodhalfwits.com/index.php/

Jane Fonda aka Hanoi Jane Actor

"I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists." -- Fonda, Michigan State University, 1970

Chrissie Hynde Musician, The Pretenders

Anti-American speech on March 1, 2003, during her concert in San Francisco

"Have we gone to war yet? We (expletive) deserve to get bombed. Bring it on."

"Let's get rid of all the economic (expletive) this country represents! Bring it on, I hope the Muslims win!"

Is this the root of her problem with the U.S?

"Did I tell you why I hate sports? Because I hate winners and people who have to win all the time."

Robert Altman Actor

"This present government in America I just find disgusting, the idea that George Bush could run a baseball team successfully--he can't even speak! I just find him an embarrassment. I was over here when the election was on and I couldn't believe it -and I'm 76 years old. Then when the Supreme Court came in and turned out to be a totally political animal, the last shred of any naiveté that was left in me has gone. When I see an American flag flying, it's a joke."

" If George W. Bush is elected president, I'm leaving for France."

Harry Belafonte Musician

On March 3, 2003, Bellefonte told a Finland television station

"Absolutely. I not only think that they are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil."

I think he has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people."

My comment here,,,,Harry's comment is far worse than the Chicks comment!His comment was also said overseas, is his career suffering or is he in the spot light NO!

Sandra Bernhard Actor

"I don't think he's an informed person, or intelligent, or interesting. I think he got waylaid into the job by his family, he's in over his head, and he's kind of a dunce."

"The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush and his band of brown-shirted thugs."

Edited 5/5/2003 11:16:40 PM ET by mindy7rns

Edited 5/5/2003 11:18:32 PM ET by mindy7rns

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 9:43am
I love all the hollywood "braintrusts" putting down Bush that he is not intelligent, and I think he loves it too when people underestimate him like that.

He may not have a great command of the english language, but he is a pretty smart man. Your family can get you in to a University, but they can't get you the diploma, and he has two, which are both from Ivy League schools. (A lot better than many people I know).

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 11:17am
LOL, if the man doesn't have "a great command of the english language", then that can't really say much about thost Ivy League diploma's can it?

"The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." —George W. Bush, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003

"One year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 2003

"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order — order out of chaos. But we will." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

"Perhaps one way will be, if we use military force, in the post-Saddam Iraq the U.N. will definitely need to have a role. And that way it can begin to get its legs, legs of responsibility back." —George W. Bush, the Azores, Portugal, March 16, 2003

"Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement — retiring — in the process of retiring, meaning they're very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring." —George W. Bush, Alexandria, Va., Feb. 12, 2003

Edited 5/6/2003 1:33:22 PM ET by veraciousness

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 1:27pm
>>I wouldn't read too much into it just yet, as that and several other concerts were sold out prior to her comments in Britain, with those tickets being non-refundable.

And yet the people went, they cheered and they didn't bother trading those tickets in for something else. IMO that that reads pretty loud and clear.

As for their next album, I personally can't wait! I love their sound and songs! Don't care about their politics....of course I see them as Free American Entertainers and NOT Full of dung politicians, so maybe that’s what makes me different from others.

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 2:36pm
Actually, it's not that difficult to buy a "C"

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 4:16pm
(I can't resist....) Not as shamefull as Bush winning a war in which he twisted the truth to fit his needs.


I have posted on the absurdity of this man ad infinitum, so I won't go into details at this time.

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 4:39pm
I have a hard time understanding the hub-bub myself since these women are private citizens and aren't responsible for anything that makes commenting on their political views remarkable in any way. Either people like their music or they don't, who cares what they say or think?