Oct 28, 2006

"You need to be brave in the land of the free"

...or how one anti-Bush quote is considered treason

Shut Up & Sing movie poster


The movie "Shut Up And Sing" travels with the Dixie Chicks, from the peak of their popularity as the national-anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment made by the group's lead singer Natalie Maines in 2003. The film follows the lives and careers of the Dixie Chicks over a period of three years during which they were under political attack and received death threats, while continuing to live their lives, have children, and of course make music. The film ultimately presents who the Dixie Chicks are as women, public figures, and musicians.

Above text is from the movie trailer's presentation at Google Video, you can also add your opinion about free speech at the Official Movie Site

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5 comments:

melusina said...

American television network NBC refuses to show the ad for the movie.

http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2006/10/nbc-tells-dixie-chicks-to-shut-up-and.html

And the race is on to see which supposely civilized country suppresses freedom of expression the most...

Sylvana said...

I just saw this featured on a news journal last night. It looks interesting. Although I am not a fan of country music (actually "not a fan" is being nice), seeing this report made me really like The Dixie Chicks. They completely understood the hypocracy in terms of our country and what it is supposed to stand for. They understood that the people that have died over the years fighting to make and keep America did so to make sure that people like Natalie could stand up and publically and therefore meaningfully protest the leadership of the country. The founders of our country did not mean for us to blindly, faithfully follow whoever happened to get into office no matter WHAT they did! It is completely unpatriotic to think that way! If that is what we have come to, then all of those people who died forging and protecting our country have died in vain.

Snake (a Cambridge kind of guy) said...

This sounds good. I don't know their music all the well, so this would be a chance to find out.

Anonymous said...

Television networks are not obligated to accept every advertiser. This has absolutely nothing to do with suppressing freedom of speech. It does, however, have to do with the freedom of a company not to be coerced into doing something it doesn't want to do(the same kind of distinction that occurs when the left refuses to acknowledge the word "illegal" in "illegal immigration and calls regulating our borders racist). And the network probably do not want to show the advertisement because they have figured that the majority of their viewers do not like the singing group - a business decision. Again, no one is tampering with the singing group's freedom of speech. (Also, I personally find it repugnant when performers choose to badmouth their country overseas. What is the point-those people can't vote in our elections, so are they just trying to get on the good side of their foreign audiences)?

Flubberwinkle said...

anonymous,

Thanks for the feedback. One phrase stood out in my mind ..."I personally find it repugnant when performers choose to badmouth their country overseas"...
I guess it depends on what you define as "repugnant".

Personally, I find it repugnant when one country clear across the world (i.e. US of A, who coincidentally has thousands of nuclear missiles aka weapons of mass destruction) invades another country OVERSEAS to check if they have mass destruction weapons... uh, oops, they don't... but let's overstay our visit, kill and be killed...

I think the book of etiquette would label THAT as repugnant.