The Dixie Chicks are apparently no fans of Donald Trump. The Chicks are touring again for the first time in a decade, and they kicked off the American portion of their global comeback DCX World Tour MMXVI Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dixie Chicks used their performance as a platform to make a political statement (once again), this time taking aim at Donald Trump, the former reality TV star, and inexplicable presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
The Dixie Chicks performed an array of pieces during their set. Some live versions of their original songs, others covers. Perhaps the most memorable, though, was a rendition of their hit “Goodbye Earl,” which was performed in front of a massive photograph of Donald Trump sporting drawn on Devil horns, a mustache, and goatee.
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As The Star-Telegram reports, this isn’t the first time the Dixie Chicks have slammed Donald Trump at a live performance. The country/rock trio has also recently added the same political activism piece to sets while they were touring in Europe. Undoubtedly, the stunt turned more heads on this side of the pond, and after the show, social media and news outlets swirled with talk about the Dixie Chicks.
Not everyone thought that their Donald Trump blast was appropriate or in good taste, with some calling for a boycott of the band, and just as the Dixie Chicks seem to be getting back into the swing of things.
“Goodbye Earl” is one of the Dixie Chicks’ most infamous songs, and it was very controversial when it was first released. Its message seems to tie into their feelings about Donald Trump. The song is about a woman who kills her abusive husband and dumps his body, then goes on with her life as a much happier camper.
Reportedly, Donald Trump wasn’t amused by the Dixie Chicks’ performance, and he commented on their stunt to the media, comparing himself to George W. Bush.
“These good-for-nothing women are chicken, they’re no longer chicks. They’re doing to me what they did to George W. 13 years ago. They’re trying hard to learn new tricks, but they’re too old for that and should be ashamed of themselves.”
Ironically, Donald Trump referred to the Dixie Chicks as “chicken” roughly a week after the #ChickenTrump controversy surrounding his name began to die down. That hashtag was spawned when Trump “chickened out” of a proposed debate with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and it prompted people to share their favorite #ChickenTrump memes on Twitter and Facebook.
For the record, the Dixie Chicks didn’t appear to be ashamed of themselves, even though Donald Trump said they should be. The ladies were grinning it up during their “Goodbye Earl” performance, flanked by a Devil Donald in the background.
Donald Trump is right about one thing; he isn’t the first Republican that the Dixie Chicks have targeted from the stage. In 2003, lead singer Natalie Maines called out George W. Bush from the stage and her words became infamous.
“We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”
“This war” was the post-9/11 invasion of Iraq. Many people blamed Maines’ words for the fallout that would result in the Dixie Chicks going silent for almost a decade.
It’s too early to say whether the Dixie Chicks’ will face another hit to their collective musical career now that they’ve apparently got Donald Trump in their cross-hairs.
It is worth noting that the Dixie Chicks have been publicly bashing The Donald since well before he was the presumptive Republican nominee.
The Dixie Chicks will be returning to Dallas for the first time since they called out George W. Bush on August 5; only time will tell if they’ll be able to keep their thoughts about Donald Trump off the stage until then.
What do you think? Is it appropriate for artists to use their concerts to spread their political views? Will you be boycotting the Dixie Chicks over this Donald Trump stunt, or do you applaud that they’re speaking their minds?
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