Dixie Who?

Monday, May 29, 2006 0 Comments A+ a-

This was so well-written that I had to copy it here; this explains my feelings ex-act-ly!

"I recently wrote that actors and celebrities bore us with their political opinions all the time. But in one response, an e-mailer asked me what makes me or anyone with a job like mine any more qualified to broadcast an opinion?

In a way, that person is correct.

Of course I could say that people click on my column specifically for my Grrr! opinion, while we go to the movies to watch Tom Cruise beat up imaginary bad guys, or listen to the Dixie Chicks because we like the sound of their voices or the lyrics of their songs.

So when Cruise decides to lecture on the pros and cons of psychiatric medicine, or Maines blasts us with her political opinions, naturally it gives one pause.

If I were to suddenly appear in a movie and stink as an actor — as much as Cruise stinks as an expert on medicine — I'd expect the same kind of reaction.

Nonetheless, we all have the right to say exactly what we think, especially when it comes to our government — and that is one of the reasons America is the greatest country in the world.

On the flip side, we also have the right to boycott the Dixie Chicks and to not buy their CDs, and to skip "M:I 3." That doesn't cost the offended public anything, but it sure as heck costs the offending artist a pretty penny."

This is just a portion of the article that continues on to say that the author admires Natalie Maines' continued stance of her political beliefs. And while I don't admire anything Ms. Maines does, this portion of the article, my friends, is exactly why the Dixie Chicks, and any movies starring Tom Cruise, are no longer played in my home.

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.