Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Ditzy Chicks strike again.

It's said that even a blind squirrel will find a nut now and then. As if to prove the point, the NY Times has a reasonably accurate article on the Dixie Chicks.

On "60 Minutes" Ms. Maguire told Steve Kroft that their concerts weren't typical country concerts. "When I looked out in the audience, I didn't see rednecks," she said. (Did her lip curl slightly as she pronounced the r-word?) "I saw a more progressive crowd."

And in a Time magazine cover story she said the group would rather have "a smaller following of really cool people who get it," as opposed to "people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith." ... Perhaps there's a difference between this attitude and simple snobbery, but you can't blame country fans if they don't much feel like splitting hairs.

Now one would have to wonder about the wisdom of insulting the people you ask to support your career. What individual want's to be insulted by their employeer? Who among you would tolerate insults from your employee? When you buy an album, you are in effect paying someone to play music. By not buying that artist's work, you are in effect firing them. The effects of this boycott are already pretty obvious, the group's singles barely opened in the top fifty on billboard, and is dropping like a rock. When you are in the entertainment industry, it must be remembered that you are entertaining the public, and if they reject your attitude and actions, you will be one of the footnotes in Entertainment history. Something that Michael Jackson has been learning over and over again. Every album of his sold less than the one before it. Apparently the public didn't approve of all the contraversy and decided to spend the money elsewhere.

For any of you who are considering a career in the public light, remember who your supporters are, and offend them with caution.


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