Shut Up and Sing

“Freedom of speech is fine but by God you don’t do it outside of the country and you don’t do it in mass publicly”

The film opens by reviewing the Dixie Chicks’ status before the London show. They had sold more albums in the United States than any other female band in history and were at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with their new single “Travelin’ Soldier”, a sensitive depiction of a soldier’s life during the Vietnam War era. The film then shows the London concert in an atmosphere of dramatic opposition to the War in Iraq; earlier that day, approximately 1 million people had collected at a public demonstration in London against the war. During the concert, lead singer Natalie Maines tells the audience the band does not support the war in Iraq and conveys that they are ashamed that President Bush is from Texas. When the media in London publishes the remarks, conservative groups in the U.S. rallied against the Chicks and a firestorm of criticism followed. The film conveys the open hostility directed at the band and their reaction. The band is not sure if they should “shut up and sing” or stand by their convictions and let more sparks fly. They end up standing by their comments.(Excerpt from Wikipedia)


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