‘Shut up & Sing’ – a documentary film about Dixie Chicks – awarded
Numerous awards have been given to the documentary film about freedom of speech and censorship in the field of American country music
The film was awarded in Aspen Filmfest, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Chicago International Film Festival, Online Film Critics Society Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards and Woodstock Film Festival.
The film “Shut Up and Sing” demonstrates how all hell broke loose after Natalie Maines’ on-stage comment made the media rounds. The Chicks lost most of their airtime on right-leaning country-western radio; CD and concert ticket sales plummeted. Encouraged by reactionary FreeRepublic.com bloggers and DJs, ex-fans destroyed Chicks CDs en masse during the ensuing “Dixie Chicks Destruction” campaign. Concerts were picketed by Red-baiters who called the Chicks “traitors” and “communists,” although the group’s fans were divided, with many remaining loyal.
Worst of all, bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors were deployed at Dixie Chicks concerts. Under heavy security, the Texas trio confronted a 2003 death threat at a Dallas performance, after a letter threatened to shoot Maines in the same city where John F. Kennedy had been gunned down 40 years earlier. For his part, President Bush appeared to egg on the Chicks’ persecutors, saying: “They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records.”
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