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-April 29, 2003

If you watched the Dixie Chicks interview on ABC last Thursday, then you may be confused as to what the ding-dong hell they were talking about. Well, fear not, Beefanatics! What you need is someone who is capable of taking all the spin out of that hour-long media opportunity! So sit back, relax, enjoy, and let the Beefboy do what the Beefboy does best... and that's break it right on down for you.

Natalie Maines managed to ruffle a bunch of feathers by telling a London audience that she was ashamed that President Bush was from her home state of Texas. That went over just fine in England, but not so well here. Radio stations started pulling the Dixie Chicks off their play list and some people held bonfire rallies to burn their albums. It's one thing to be from Hollywood, or to be a rock star and be against the President; it's quite another when your bread and butter comes from Country music. That shit just doesn't play well in Nashville.

Last Thursday we were treated to an hour-long weeping festival where all three Dixie Chicks stated their case to the furrowed brow of Diane Sawyer. Was this about an apology? Was this about clarification? Was this about standing up for your rights for free speech? Fuck no. It was about money.

The Dixie Chicks are about to kick off a big North American tour and they want some of your hard-earned Benjamins. It's just that simple. The fact is that Americans are a lot like cats when it comes to memory. You can do anything to a cat and they'll sulk away for about 5 minutes, then they'll come right back and start rubbing up against you like nothing happened. That's America. The Beefboy suspects that the sobbing nightmare on Thursday was enough for most of the Dixie Chick fans to forget and forgive.

The Beefboy is not going to tell you whether or not to buy a Dixie Chicks CD, or if you should see them in concert. Frankly, The Beefboy is not into their unique blend of Country and Crap, but maybe you like them. Fine. Just consider the motivations behind their actions and know that the flip-flop you're hearing from them is not based on a sudden change of mind, but rather a hard look at the Dixie Chicks checking account. At least some of the Hollywood boneheads like Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Martin Sheen have the courage of their convictions and are willing to put their careers on the line. The Dixie Chicks are just money-grubbing cowards.

Dig it!

-The Beefboy