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Dixie Chicks Stuck On Stupid

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:00 am - February 1, 2006.
Filed under: Country Music,Liberals

Lead Dixie Chicks singer and chronic Foot-In-Mouth Disease victim Natalie Maines has raised the ire of country music fans yet again. You may recall in 2003, while being paid for singing on foreign soil (London), Ms. Maines gleefully told her British customers: ”We’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Now the annoying child is spouting off and insulting her own customer base: those of us that enjoy country music.

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines rips country music, fans – National Ledger

Maines says she’s finished with the genre and is none too pleased with the fans, basically labeling them as redneck hicks. She tells Entertainment Weekly, “the stereotype is true.”

“So I’m pretty much done. They’ve shown their true colors. I like lots of country music, but as far as the industry and everything that happened… I couldn’t want to be farther away from that,” Maines told EW.

Ah, but she’s not done. Not only does she hate country music (the genre whose fans lined her pockets with money), she turns on the free market and democracy that made her rich as well.

“The entire country is controlled by money. And I think that’s what people feel, they don’t — their voice isn’t heard. They don’t have a say. It’s corporate America. My friend made up the word corpocracy. I love that word.”

I’m guessing the Chicks’ will be headlining the 2008 Democrat National Convention on opening night at Berkeley Auditorium.

Anyway, I need your help. When I woke up this morning, one of my local country stations, WSOC-FM, was all abuzz about Maines trashing those of us who made her famous and enjoy country music. They are now soliciting emails to consider whether to dump the Dixie Chicks from the playlist altogether. According to the Entertainment Weekly article after all, the Chicks are turning away from country and going rock. So I don’t see a reason for a country music station to play them anymore at all.

Please email the Programming Director at WSOC and ask him to remove Dixie Chicks from the playlist for good. They can have the liberal Hollywood crowd swoon over them — and leave Real America to the rest of us.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Oscars ‘06–State of the Entertainment Industry

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:24 am - February 1, 2006.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Yesterday, a day which ended with the President delivering the State of the Union address began with the Academy of Motor Picture Arts and Sciences delivering a kind of report on the State of the Entertainment Industry when it released the nominees for the 78th Academy Awards. In a year which saw a huge slump in ticket sales, the Academy has chosen to honor a number of flicks which have not done particularly well at the box office, some with a political message at odds with that of the incumbent administration. While a majority of the individuals nominated in a variety of categories are well-deserving of their nominations, it seems that in many cases, the Academy preferred political leftism to artistic excellence.

None of the five movies nominated for Best Picture did particularly well at the Box Office, with Brokeback Mountain being the only one of the five likely to earn a domestic gross of over $100 million (more on that prediction anon). And while I’m delighted that Crash, one of my favorite movies of the year, was nominated, none of the other nominees impressed me as a “best picture” while each (that is, of the four that I saw) had qualities (e.g., acting, directing, cinematography, etc.) that deserver recognition.

The Academy snubbed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the main categories (it did get nods for visual effects, sound mixing and makeup) despite a first-rate screenplay, excellent direction and a brilliant performance by Tilda Swinton (as the White Witch). (The Academy also snubbed this great actress five years ago for her excellent work in The Deep End.) And while the Academy recognized Paul Haggis for his work in Crash, both as writer and director, it failed to recognize the acting accomplishments of Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock and Michael Pena in Haggis’ LA masterpiece.

Despite these snubs, the Academy did recognize some truly powerful performances. I was delighted to see that both Resse Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix were nominated for Walk the Line, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams for Brokeback, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote and especially my fellow Ephman, the gifted actor David Strathairn for his subtle and intense performance in Good Night, and Good Luck. Ang Lee will finally (and deservedly) take home a statue for Brokeback while the fantastic Japanese flick Howl’s Moving Castle should earn Miyazaki another Oscar for best animated feature. He’ll have competition from the delightful Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. While I preferred Howl, I won’t be disappointed if Wallace wins.