Maines Says She Was Joking About Bush

Natalie Maines’ recent onstage comment regarding President Bush was “a joke,” she told a New Zealand TV reporter. A feature story on the Dixie Chicks aired Sunday (March 31) on Holmes, a news and entertainment program on New Zealand’s TV One. Maines acknowledged that she told a London concert audience that the group was ashamed that the president is from their home state of Texas, but she added, “And it was a joke and it wasn’t planned. And it was really funny at the time. It got lots of cheers, and that’s what it was meant for.” Maines noted, “You see the trouble that you can get into if you speak religion or politics. It gets people very upset.” Maines issued a written apology after making the remark at a March 10 concert. 04/01/03