This story is the epitome of how the the left in Hollywood and the media are so pervasive in the manipulation of what is perceived as the pulse of America. For the last three years, Natalie Maines (or whatever her fucking name is) and her crappy little band have been rejected by their commercial audience. This is entirely caused by their choice to alienate their core constuency by refusing to understand their values and motivations. In the real world, the choices of the Dixie Chicks have caused them much pain and financial hardship. A lesson that should be heeded. Entities that engage in activities for profit must understand the needs, wants, desires and motivations of those that consume their product. But last night they were emotionally bailed out by the 11,000 voting members of the recording academy (roughly .004% of Americans).
However, in the alternate reality that is the media and Hollywood elite, the real world economic factors no longer apply. In an era where entertainment puveyors have become convinced that they can drive policy, validating the sentiment of those like the Dixie Chicks has become paramount over stark economic realities. I don’t mention this because I disagree with the views of Natalie…whatever. I mention it because it is yet another symptom of the paradigm shift in American society.
Increasingly, industries whose sole aim was to return a decent profit to their shareholders have entered into the political arena. These folks are championed by high profile baby boomer types and Hollywood elites with their eyes set on social change. Hey, advocating social change is awesome. But when it comes at the price of the principles of capitalism, I find it troubling.
Many will argue that capitalism has many flaws. And I’m willing to argue those points. But, to date, it’s the best thing we have going. And when for profit entities opt to forgo profits to make a political statement, I grow concerned. Americans have had the power to vote with their pocketbook for generations. Last night showed that precedent is changing.
Dixie Chicks sweep Grammy Awards – 2007 Grammy Awards – MSNBC.com
LOS ANGELES – The Dixie Chicks completed a defiant comeback on Sunday night, winning five Grammy awards after being shunned by the country music establishment over the group’s anti-Bush comments leading up to the Iraq invasion.
The Texas trio won record and song of the year for the no-regrets anthem “Not Ready to Make Nice.” They also won best country album, which was especially ironic considering that the group says they don’t consider themselves country artists anymore.
“I’m ready to make nice!” lead singer Natalie Maines exclaimed as the group accepted the album of the year award. “I think people are using their freedom of speech with all these awards. We get the message.”