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The Most Scathing Political Comments From Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines: Ted Cruz & Beyond
Dixie Chicks frontwoman/solo artist Natalie Maines recently had some harsh words for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
“Just so you know....I'm ashamed Ted Cruz is from America,” Natalie Maines tweeted Saturday evening (Jan. 23), sharing a pro-war quote from Cruz alongside an anti-war counterpart from Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Texas senator was actually born in Canada (Maines corrected herself), but her point remains constant: She stands in opposition to what she views as American warmongering.
Just so you know....I'm ashamed Ted Cruz is from America;) pic.twitter.com/QU39ERnAzN— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) January 24, 2016
Maines has been this way for quite some time. Here is a brief history of the Dixie Chicks lead vocalist’s political commentary:
The invasion of Iraq was not a popular one. But within country music in the early 2000s, opposition was far less common than in other social circles. Maines opposed the invasion, and she voiced her position onstage in London on March 10, 2003.
"Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all,” she said. “We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."
To make matters worse, she was misquoted early on as saying she was simply ashamed that then-President George W. Bush was from Texas. Even so, the backlash was strong. Much of country radio blacklisted her music, causing it to slip on the charts. Maines clarified her statement, assuring she was proud to be American but was fearful of the war’s prospects for children and soldiers.
A year earlier, Maines was entangled in a related controversy with a more conservative-leaning contemporary, Toby Keith. In response to the September 11 attacks, Keith penned the song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” which turned into a huge hit. Maines called it “ignorant,” saying, “It targets an entire culture -- and not just the bad people who did bad things. You've got to have some tact. Anybody can write, 'We'll put a boot in your ass.'"
And from that same era, who can forget the Dixie Chicks' famous Entertainment Weekly cover? The trio posed naked for the mag's May 2003 issue with insults often hurled at them -- like "hippies" and "big mouth" -- written over their strategically concealed bodies. A decade later, the members still stood by their controversial look.
In 2013, Maines outlined her political beliefs to USA Today:
I'm pro-gay marriage. Pro-gay everything. I'm pro-choice. I'm liberal on every social aspect, probably. More liberal than people would even believe. But there's still some of that Texas in me, as far as the gun debate. I wish there were no guns, I'm all for gun restrictions. But I'm also of the mind-set, if nothing changes, I'm getting a gun.
Earlier this year, Maines voiced her opinions over Twitter on gun control:
The NRA has such a hold on our politicians, we'll probably be issued guns at movie theaters before they'll up gun control.— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) August 5, 2015
The top 10 states w/the strictest gun laws are not on the top 20 states for gun deaths. Suck it NRA fools. Stop preaching your bullshit!— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) October 2, 2015
And finally, here are her views on former Texas Governor Rick Perry:
Rick Perry challenging Donald Trump to a pull-ups contest is the first good idea he ever uttered. I love it!— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) July 31, 2015