Natalie Maines Calls Out Country Radio ‘Hypocrites’
Natalie Maines is noticing some double standards on country radio, and she's taking those responsible to task. Early Thursday morning (Aug. 11), the singer called out country radio's "hypocrites" for their differing responses to Donald Trump's recent remarks about Hillary Clinton versus her 2003 comments about then-President George W. Bush.
"I get banned for not liking Bush and now Trump can practically put a hit out on Hillary and he's still all over country radio! Hypocrites!" Maines tweeted, referencing comments that the Republican presidential nominee made on Tuesday (Aug. 9). At an event in North Carolina, Trump claimed that Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, wants to appoint Supreme Court justices who will work to abolish the Second Amendment, which gives U.S. citizens the right to bear arms.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said (quote via the New York Times). “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Many have taken Trump's statement as a call to violence against Clinton or her potential Supreme Court justice picks, and many, Republicans and Democrats alike, have decried his comments.
The "banned for not liking Bush" incident that Maines is referring to, as most country fans know, occurred back in March of 2003. As the U.S. was preparing to invade Iraq, Maines famously said, during a Dixie Chicks concert in London, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” The backlash from the country music community was swift and unapologetic, with radio stations banning the Chicks’ music and several artists publicly speaking out against the threesome.
The Dixie Chicks are currently out on the road, on their DCX MMXVI World Tour. The group had previously said that they weren’t sure if they’d be welcome to perform on American soil, given the response. However, the group’s manager reports that ticket sales for their summer tour “have been ridiculous,” and the country trio even added a new string of shows to the trek.
Earlier this year, Maines used her Twitter account to blast then-Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, riffing on her Bush remarks by saying, “Just so you know, I’m ashamed Ted Cruz claims to be American.” During their recent shows, the Chicks have also been displaying a video backdrop of shocking newspaper headlines and photos of evil men — one of whom is Trump, whose photo has been altered to include drawn-on devil horns and a mustache / goatee combination.
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