Natalie Maines Attacks Patriotism in London Newspaper
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
"I don't see why people care about patriotism."
Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines can't keep her mouth shut in London, it seems, after making another controversial statement in a UK newspaper.
The singer became a target for patriots in 2003 after she criticized President George W. Bush during a London concert.
Maines' life was threatened and Dixie Chicks tracks were banned from country music radio stations after the outspoken singer declared she was "ashamed" to come from the same state as Bush (Texas).
And now Maines is questioning patriotism in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
She says, "The entire country (US) may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why?
"You can like where you live and like your life, but, as for loving the whole country... I don't see why people care about patriotism."
The comment appeared in the newspaper last Thursday, just before the trio took to the Shepherd's Bush Empire stage - the same London venue where Maines made her infamous remarks about President Bush.
Yahoo had a similar story:
Not surprisingly, this article talks about their lagging ticket sales:
(Gee, I wonder why no one wants to go to their concerts?)
I understand that George Bush is not the best president. And we all have the right to our freedom of speech. But this isn't just biting the hand that feeds you, this is chomping the whole damn body. She should learn her lesson and stick to music.