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In 2003, the female country band, The Dixie Chicks, are at the top of their game being one of the most successful bands of all time. However with the US invasion of Iraq about to begin over frustrated worldwide objections about this needless war, one of the Chick vents off the cuff in concert about being ashamed of US President George W. Bush. This statement sparks a firestorm of organized and personal right wing attacks against the Chicks for daring to think they have the right to express a negative personal opinion about the President. This film covers the band's effort to ride out the turmoil that would leave their careers under a cloud, but would eventually give them a opportunity to grow as great artists who bow to no one. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Shut Up and Sing" is also the name of a best-selling book by conservative talk radio pundit Laura Ingraham. In her book, Ingraham skewers the Dixie Chicks and other musical acts who use their concerts and television appearances to voice their political opinions. See more »
Natalie is wearing a shirt that states "Dare to Be Free," in one shot the image is mirrored left to right. Evident in the text and her hair are reversed. See more »
Old Man with Sunglasses:
Freedom of speech is fine, but by god, you don't do it outside of the country and you don't do it in mass publicly.
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I saw a screening of this film and loved it! While I'm not a huge fan of the band, I applaud their convictions and exercising their right to free speech. The footage of angry country fans just further emphasized the ignorance of the public and intolerance and disrespect of opposing views in this country. The Chicks are portrayed as normal gals enjoying what they do best, loving their families and supporting one another through the worst of times. I think they just saw the writing on the wall before a lot of other folks...what a difference 3 years makes! I applaud them for not selling out. Perhaps Natalie should run in the next election!
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