Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dixie Chicks’ Steely Resolve In Not Backing Down Underscored By Backing Down From Earlier Retraction

Modern-day martyrs could lose royalty percentages in “some gave all” game of keeps

Chicks: Sreadfastly refusing to back down a third time.

Texas—When the Dixie Chicks told a London audience they were “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,” they may not have fully understood the chain of events they were already setting in motion.

Now, three years later, the group’s firebrand form of free speech has them riding a dizzying roller-coaster of retractions.

“The minutes I bravely uttered those words, I knew I was going to have to take them back,” said Natalie Maines. “Little did I know I was going to have to bravely take back my apology into order to facilitate an album title that says we didn’t apologize.”

Fans around the world—even outside the country music market, applaud what is now being dubbed “passive aggressive dissent,”—one that could ultimately cost the group millions in royalties, despite the current surge in popular opinion.

“I exalt them for their courage in retreating from an earlier position, especially since that was a secondary retreat from the position they now hold,” said 24 year old Madeline Harridan. “It’s got to be tough not to contract an eating disorder, trying to navigate through the labyrinthine maze of personal conviction.

Other fans credit Maines’ all-too-apparent weight loss as a surgical strike in the arena of discourse—thus robbing blue-collar comedian, Larry the Cable Guy, from continuing his popular shtick about Maines’ erstwhile Lane Bryant employment in the baleful glare of her two shapely cohorts.

“She’s no longer the “Fat Dixie Chick,” said one fan. “She’s the phat Dixie Chick.”

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