Shut Up Already: "Americans Are Crazy"

Here's a great article by Dorothy Woodend entitled "Americans Are Crazy: 'Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing' makes it too clear", an article about the massive backlash against the Dixie Chicks over one trivial - and right-on - comment lead singer Natalie Maines made about Bush back in 2003 in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. The article is also a review of "Shut Up and Sing", the new film about the whole backlash - which included the blacklisting of the band by country radio and even some death threats - and the band's response to it all over the past three years.

I can't fully agree with Woodend's over-generalization about Americans in this article, as if America's just one big monolithic society of like-minded people. I personally know far too many Americans who are much more politically progressive, or even radical, than your typical Canadian to believe that. And then there are your Michael Moores and, more to the point, Noam Chomskys. However, most of what she's saying here is dead-on, especially in regards to how women are treated quite differently than men when they choose to speak up politically.

It's a great article. Click here to read.

And it sounds like "Shut Up and Sing" is, indeed, a pretty great film. It's been getting some full-on rave reviews.

And click here to read the 4-out-of-4 star review from Premiere magazine.

And, finally, here's the 3.5-out-of-4 star review from Rolling Stone magazine, which concludes: "Their fight to stay uncompromised is inspiring. When Bush himself claims the Chicks have no right to complain about 'hurt feelings,' Maines lets out a terse 'dumb fuck.' Amen to that, sister."

Click here for Rolling Stone review of "Shut Up and Sing"

Oredakedo (Mike Cowie)
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006