The Dixie Chicks made a lot of great music in the 1990s and early 2000s, but then lead singer Natalie Maines, while performing to a bunch of marines on the eve of the Iraq invasion in 2003, said from stage that the group didn’t support the upcoming war and was ashamed that then-President George W. Bush was from (their home state of) Texas.
That didn’t go over so well. Country music stations and fans dropped them like a rock. The group turned to pop, but it was never the same.
Now the Dixie Chicks are back in the news because they are dropping “Dixie” from their name, and will now be known simply as The Chicks.
Clearly referencing the rising racial conversation in the U.S. and the association of Dixie with the antebellum South, which included slavery, the band wrote on its website:
“We want to meet the moment.”
It’s a question as to how long it will be until the group realizes that their new name carries a sexist connotation, as men have historically referred to women as “chicks,” which could be considered offensive. Then they can change their name to simply, “The.”
But that would be unfair to the 1980s alternative band, The The.
Perhaps The Chicks could pull a Prince and become TAFKATDC, or The Artists Formerly Known As The Dixie Chicks.
Or maybe they could stick with their old name, which was pretty good, as was their old music, and neither the name nor the tunes brought images of slavery to mind.