The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, April 24, 2003

The best defense is a good offense (interpret "offense" any way you like). About a month after their big PR gaffe, the Dixie Chicks are firing back over the negative publicity.

The most visible part of their counter-offensive will be, obviously, the Entertainment Weekly cover. Why do those skin-labels remind me of this Mike Myers quote from Wayne's World?:

"Was it Kierkegaard--or perhaps Dick Van Patten--who said, 'If you label me, you negate me'?"

I said before that the whole thing would blow over. It would have anyway, but this shows a lot of initiative. Instead of laying low and hoping the backlash would peter out, the Chicks decided to address it and garner some more publicity at the same time.

Then again, what backlash?

Even with the slide, however, "Home" remains the top-selling album on the Billboard country chart — 19 weeks at No. 1 — and No. 30 on the pop chart...

Most of the shows on their tour had already sold out before Maines' comments. Their agent, Rob Light, was unavailable for comment Wednesday but told Billboard this week that of the 59 shows, only six have seats left and those are all 85 percent to 90 percent sold.

Looks like the celebrated boycott was a lot more noise than anything else. All over comments that wouldn't have been made in the first place if they weren't popularly held in the country where they were uttered (Britain). All in all, a big exercise in cynicism. But hey, we got a bitchin' cover out of the whole deal.