Gist of the article: Now the Dixie Chicks are in trouble because Natalie Maines wore a shirt with the letters "F.U.T.K." to an awards show. Everyone interpreted this as "fuck you Toby Keith." Apparently the two have been in a feud since Maines criticized Keith's song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" (which for my money is a dreadful, embarrassing song, but that's not the point). Keith has therefore stated that Maines isn't nearly as good a songwriter as he is (of course not, he's a man), and has taken to "showing on big screens behind the stage [in his concerts] the doctored photo of Maines and Saddam Hussein."
Now, I'm not denying that the shirt stunt was just stupid, but it's so country music to criticize a woman for responding in kind to an accusation of treason. *slap* Now get in the kitchen and make me some pie!!
Stuff like this makes it embarrassing to be from the South. (You know why the South has started going heavy Republican? I'll tell you in one word: racism. And if you're Republican and you're offended by that, I'm sorry, but you're the ones who let Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, and Trent Lott speak for yourselves. Aren't you guys the ones who insist you're judged by the company you keep? If you want to be well thought-of, then it's up to you to take control of your party back from the "disagreement is treason" jingoists.)