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In Bossier City, Louisiana, concerned citizens held a demonstration that
involved mass destruction of the group's CDs, inviting children to stomp on the
piles of CDs, and then running them over with a tractor.
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In South Carolina, the
state legislature approved a resolution calling for the Dixie Chicks to play a benefit
concert for military families
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. Catherine Ceips , the representative who introduced
the legislation, said that she saw the legislation as "an olive branch to the Dixie
Chicks."
"But only after they apologize first for exercising their free speech, is that
correct?" rebutted fellow South Carolina legislator James Smith.
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Maines was also the target of several parodies and comparisons to comments
made by actress Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War. Other parodies included
doctored photos of Maines cuddling in the arms of Saddam Hussein and altered
CD cover artwork, renaming the group "The Terrorist Chicks." Calls for censure
against Maines were made on many of the Web sites devoted to silencing celebri-
ties speaking out against the invasion of Iraq, such as boycott-hollywood.us and
famousidiot.com .
Folksinger Tom Paxton said the group didn't deserve the shunning it was
receiving. "There are just echoes of McCarthyism there," Paxton said. "Quash all
dissent. I say let them speak and let them sing."
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By the end of the week, Natalie Maines released a second, more conciliatory,
statement. She said: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President
Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office
should receive the utmost respect.
"While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every
possible alternative exhausted before American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my
country. I am a proud American."
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When Nielsen Broadcast Data's radio airplay charts were released for the week,
the band had completely disappeared from the listings, despite having two Top
40 country singles the week before. But the controversy had taken a toll far beyond
radio play. Sales of the group's CD dropped off dramatically, from 124,000 copies
the week before the controversy to just 32,000 the week the boycotts began. Further,
Lipton Tea announced it was pulling out of its sponsorship of the group's North
American tour.
"We're dealing with bigger issues than CD sales," said the Dixie chick's Emily
Robison , whose property had been vandalized and family had received threaten-
ing phone calls. "I'm concerned about the safety of my family."