Why is this woman smiling?
The giant sucking sound of the brain leech trying to gather one more snack from Natalie Maines' grey cells (and coming up dry), is a far more pleasing sound than the shrill Dixie Chicks. Not their music, mind you, their opinions.
Now, I have never been a fan of the Dixie Chicks. I think I have only heard one of their songs – and just a snippet of it. I don't particularly like that type of music. I do believe that they are entitled to their opinion. My problem comes from how, and when, and where these opinions are expressed.
The Chicks, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire are 32, 34, and 37 years old. They aren't old enough to remember Viet Nam, but I do. They don't impress me as the type of people who spent a great deal of time studying American history. And I don't believe they have any degrees in geo-politics or psychological warfare. I could be wrong.
Just sing. Someone will buy your albums if you just sing. Your opinions are not required for you to make records. In the final analysis, nobody really cares about your opinions. You have no credibility when you comment on world affairs because you are well, just singers. You're potentially causing more unrest, Iraqi death and U.S. military casualties. Oh, and by the way, you're giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
The number of show-biz types who believe that 1) their opinions are more important than other people's opinions 2) they must express their opinion at every opportunity and 3) they understand totally the inner workings of U.S. policy, intelligence, trade, etc. seems to have increased 10 fold.
During Viet Nam, you had the pot-smoking contingent who wouldn't have know if someone was setting them ablaze with napalm. They generally kept their opinions within their song lyrics or expressed during reefer madness concerts that were typically filled with like-minded, zoned out hippies anyway.
You also had the Jane Fonda types who were "engaged' in politics as a hobby. Whatever the chic cause-of-the-day was – the war, the environment, women's lib, etc. – you could find them.
America is a great country. The fact that we have freedom of political speech is one reason why. But I dont' think that means that everyone is required to exercise that right
There's a line in Jurassic Park that goes: Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
Absolutely right: these celebrities are so preoccupied with their ability to voice their opinon, they don't stop to think if they should. My vote: Don't. At the rate things are going, it won't be long before I won't be able to buy a CD or see a movie because I refuse to put money in the pocket of someone who attempts to shove their political point of view down my throat. While it's saving me money, it's not much fun.
Just leave it alone and sing. Please.
These celebrities should remember why we are doing what we are doing. There are people out there that want to kill us. Not because we've done anything to them, but because we are not them. They will not stop until we stop them. Should they prevail, what do you think will happen to you? Writers, producers, directors making blasphemous, foul-mouthed and denigrating films while harping about "creative control" will find themselves in a mass grave somewhere. Actors and actressess used to peeling off their clothes will find their next starring gig in the middle of a soccer stadium, waiting to be shot in the head. Musicians and singers will find themselves unemployed (at best) since music will be outlawed – unless it's that jazzy cultural music dating back to the 1400s. Perhaps none of these things will happen because we'll all be burnt to a crisp by a nuclear weapon.
Dear Hollywood et. al.
Enough! If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Or, better yet, find some way to honor the brave men and women who are fighting (and dying) so you have the right to denigrate them. Be thankful that they think that even you are worth defending. Be thankful too, for the men and women who have the impossible job of sending these soldiers to do just that. No one wants to know, at the end of the day, that a soldier they sent to battle is not coming home. No one would be so cavalier. Be thankful that these men and women are working to ensure that you the plane you are riding in is not used as a missle, that the water supply in your town is safe to drink, that the air condition system in the venue you perform in is just delivery air. Thank them too that, despite all your insensitive remarks, they are still trying to protect you and your loved ones.