The Dixie Chicks Were Cancelled For Criticizing The President. Now, They’re Heroes.
In 2003, Natalie Maines criticized President George W. Bush to a London crowd. The Dixie Chicks paid for it for nearly two decades.
You don't want to be ‘Dixie Chicks-ed,’ meaning you don't want to say one thing that's going to blow up your whole career.
But the immediacy of the then-still-new internet allowed outrage to fly across the world instantly (it also, according to Maines, gave Dixie Chicks haters new ways to strategize about how to best protest the band). It was the first taste many people had gotten of today’s no-filter celebrity culture, and for some of them, it was a shock. “It seemed a much bigger deal than it would now,” says Clarke. “People weren’t used to hearing very famous people give their opinions so honestly.”
They were defiant. They didn't apologize, really.
I want to be the Dixie Chicks for this next generation.