Friday, March 14, 2003

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks speaks of her priviledge of being an American and speaking out against her president; no one disputes her right in that regard. However, one has to wonder what kind of person would travel to a foreign land to criticize their own president; she has the right, but what about the courage to say that on her own home turf... say, in Dallas, Texas?

Dixie Chicks Explain Anti-Bush Comment

Thu Mar 13, 4:57 PM ET

(3/13/03, 5 p.m. ET) -- The Dixie Chicks are stirring up controversy with a recent negative comment about President Bush while overseas promoting their current album, Home.

The trio performed a live show in London on Monday (March 10th) night, and Natalie Maines (news) told the crowd, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."

That statement prompted all kinds of reactions from the American public, causing the group to further explain their stance on their official website. "We've been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the news accounts of our government's position," the group explains. "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 (news - web sites) and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."

Maines also says, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions 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."

The Dixie Chicks will perform another live show in Munich, Germany on March 19th.

-- Margy Holland, Nashville

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