I really don't think the outcry would have been as severe if a man had said it -- though there would still be an outcry.
(I was raised on country music so I get to say this stuff. Remember, you can say anything you want about a minority as long as you're in said minority.)
I think it will be funny if in a few months, all these people destroying their CDs realize that "Have You Forgotten" is a piece of crap and have to go buy second copies of their Dixie Chicks CDs.
Darrell Waltrip is a Republican. I wasn't thrilled when I found out, but I didn't stop rooting for him. Even though I think he sounds like an idiot when he talks about politics. Proposed rule: All celebrities should keep their mouths shut about politics unless they can talk about them without sounding like idiots.
And something else I've had it with: People who say that if you don't support the war, you don't support our troops. Bullshit. Part of the reason I don't support this war is because I love our troops (especially my cousin David, a father of three and a Navy chaplain currently in parts unknown because he can't tell us where he is -- we think it's Kuwait) and don't want to see them killed, hurt, or otherwise traumatized over a war which I believe is Junior's grudge match. I absolutely go through the roof when I hear people accusing protestors of that. I will never mistreat someone because they fought in the war (unless they committed war crimes) and I believe the vast majority of those against the war feel the same way.
So anyway, I like the Dixie Chicks, I think their music is great, I'd think that even if they said "President Bush is a terrific guy," I'm going to buy one of their CDs as soon as I get a chance and if I had the money, I'd buy copies for all my friends. Probably won't make much of a difference, but it'll make me feel better. Who knows, maybe I'll get up off my lazy ass and send them a fan letter to counter all the hate mail they must be getting.