Wednesday, May 24, 2006

No Time for Chicks

Returned my copy of Time to the publisher today. Here's the text of my letter:

To the Publisher:

I'm returning my copy of your May 29 issue, with the Dixie Chicks on the cover.

Perhaps you consider this musical group to be timely, topical, relevant and important, but I do not.

Frankly, if I were interested in the political and social views of entertainers I would subscribe to People magazine.

I'll expect that my subscription will be extended by one issue to compensate for this one. If you are unable or unwilling to do that, please let me know and I will cancel my subscription and subscribe to one of your competitors.



Craig Bob said...

Even if you set politics aside, the cultural story is relevant ... maybe even, dare I say, newsworthy. The DC's were pariahs after the London comments. Three years later, their view is quite popular.

JBlog said...

Please -- with all the things going on in the world, this is a cover story in Time?

I don't think so.

Let's call this what it is -- a juicy story Time couldn't resist, and a pathetic attempt by the Chicks to goose record sales.

John Simonds said...

The dixie twits are not culturally relevant to any crowd except the Bush haters. Their view is not that popular, check record sales, that is the fact of the matter, not what (some)TIME thinks of them.

Country music fans are some of the most patriotic and loyal fans there are. The twits can't diss their audience (forget the pres diss here) and expect us to care or accept them. Who are they going to sell to? No one is supporting them other than the liberl army of journalists and perhaps the coastal elites.

Consumers vote with their dollars and it's clear that that they didn't and won't vote for these benedict arnolds.

What surprised me the most is that the NYT, didn't go along with the time story, unheard of....

Toby Kieth on the other hand, their target, became so wildly popular that he now has his own label.

Craig Bob said...

I'll risk exposing my coastal elitism and ask: are the Dixie Chicks unpatriotic?

JBlog said...

I'll go -- yes.

It is not unpatriotic to criticize the president and the policy, provided you do it in a sincere, informed, intelligent way, using facts and citing reliable sources, and taking responsibility for your comments.

It is unpatriotic to make inflammatory, pandering, uninformed and unenlightening comments on a foreign stage during wartime.

It's also disingenuous to complain that you've become unpopular with the people who used to buy your records because you insulted them.

Mind you, I'm not saying they don't have RIGHT to do it, nor am I accusing them of sedition. But I do think what they did was unpatriotic. And dumb.