Natalie Maines Criticizes Patriotism in London Newspaper

The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is quoted in a London newspaper criticizing the notion of patriotism. In the Thursday (June 15) edition of The Telegraph, band member Emily Robison noted that some music artists tried to exploit the war in Iraq. “A lot of pandering started going on, and you’d see soldiers and the American flag in every video,” Robison said. “It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.” Maines added, “The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country … I don’t see why people care about patriotism.” On Thursday night, the Chicks performed at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the same London venue where Maines made her infamous remark about President Bush in 2003. The first U.S. date of the band’s Accidents & Accusations tour is set for July 21 in Detroit.