I adore the Dixie Chicks. Did before the controversy. Do afterwards.
I think it was rather brave to stick their neck out at a time when everyone was in fear mode. There was a strange period after 9-11 and during the initial start up of the war when many folks didn't know how they were supposed to behave, what to think. We were so grief stricken and numb. Of course we "supported the troops" and were "Americans" but there was an unspoken danger of saying anything that opposed the government's action. Those that did so, did it tentatively at first. I think that Natalie Main shouted when the rest of us were still sort of mumbling under our breath.
Now, we hear more vocal opinions about Bush and the war. It's starting to feel like a dialogue again. We are still grieving for those that were and are lost every day. We want what is best for our country. But at last what is "best" is at last up for discussion without the traitor label so ferociously stamped upon it.
So..I'm going to be first in line to watch the Dixie Chicks documentary, Shut Up And Sing hope you will check it too. Promo.