Shut Up & Sing(2007)
Documentary follows texan band the Dixie Chicks, for three years after lead singer Natalie Maines says this at a 2003 London concert: "...and we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas". What follows is a massive backlash from their fans - country music folk, largely white American conservatives, who boycott their music and attack the musicians in the media.
BY Flicks Writer
The documentary follows the Chicks from the stage performance where the scandelous remark was made in 2003, their fall from the top, and the three years that follow, to when they finally reclaim their status as a number one selling band.
Reminicent of the Lennon "we're bigger than Jesus" thing, it all blows up beyond anyone's expectations. The country radio core takes the girls comment as anti-American, non-patriotic. To the films credit, it avoids entering the political side taking that occurs, rather depicting a publicity and media related problem solving game to try and turn the radio boycotts & CD burning around to focus on the musicians. This is a far more interesting angle.
The public shock appears to stem from the perception that the girls are country singers, women, white, married and from conservative states. Apparently that meant their listeners had them pegged. Following in the wake of 'Borat', the film depicts conservative Americans revealing themselves and their prejudices willingly. This is both ridiculous and amusing. Also amusing is the Chicks response to all this, revealed in candid momments as clever, funny and strong women.
The Chicks stick together and refuse to back down, playing the media game on their own terms. There next album openly addresses their experience as the most popular, hated band in America and the emotional struggle that entails.
Regardless of personal music tastes, the documentary has much to offer. Well worth a look.