Dixie Chicks refuse to ‘Shut Up and Sing’

By on September 26, 2006

Most people probably remember Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines’ controversial remarks about President Bush in 2003. Following those comments, many radio stations refused to play the band’s music. Now, the Dixie Chicks are making a comeback with their new movie “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing.”

The movie features the band on tour, including the infamous comments about how the singers were ashamed that the president hailed from their home state of Texas.

Students at Quinnipiac say they have mixed feelings about the movie.

“I don’t think that I would see the movie,” said Kathleen Hessman, sophomore broadcast journalism major. “While there might be some controversial aspects about Bush in the movie that may provoke my interest to see it, I don’t think it would be worth paying the money at the theater.”

Not all students are uninterested in the documentary, however.

“I think the documentary is going to be very interesting,” said Aisha Johnson, a sophomore media production major. “It’s going to be interesting to see their point of view on their music being banned because they said some negative things about our president.”

While not all students want to see the movie, most agree that the band’s music should not have been banned from radio stations. They agree that the group’s First Amendment rights to free speech should have been taken into consideration.

“I don’t think their music should have been banned just because of their opinions,” said Chelsea Moruzzi, a sophomore veterinary technician major. “They have a right to freedom of speech.”

Johnson agreed.

“I do not think the Dixie Chicks’ music should have been banned,” she said. “We all have freedom of speech and everyone has the right to their own opinion.”

Some students thought that, while it was unfair that the music was banned, it was right to leave the decision to play their music up to the individual stations.

“The music shouldn’t be banned,” said Michelle Hubina, a freshman business major. “It’s freedom of speech; musicians write what they want and sing it, but it’s entirely up to the DJ to play what they want.”

The movie was released Sept. 12 in Toronto, and will have a limited release in the United States on Oct. 20.


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