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Dixie Chicks Claim Anti-Bush Ad Rejected

The company behind the new Dixie Chicks documentary claims NBC has rejected their ads because it is anti-Bush. Variety (which has a rather unique writing style) has the story:

The Weinstein Co. is claiming that NBC and the CW have refused to air national ads for the new Dixie Chicks docu “Shut Up & Sing.” But while the Peacock has specifically said it won’t accept the spots because they are disparaging of President Bush, a rep for the CW strongly denies the Weinsteins’ version of events.

Barbara Kopple’s docu, which opens today in Gotham and L.A., revisits the fierce fallout that occurred in 2003 after lead singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed that the president is from Texas, her home state.

The national spot shows a clip of Bush authorizing troops to fight in Iraq, then cuts to a clip of Maines’ comment. Next is a clip of the president saying publicly that the Dixie Chicks shouldn’t have their feelings hurt if people don’t want to buy their records anymore. The final frame shows Maines saying that Bush is a “real dumb (bleep).”

TWC wanted the national ads to begin running next week in preparation for the movie’s expansion on Nov. 11. Company said it hasn’t heard back yet from the commercial clearance departments at ABC, CBS and Fox. “It’s a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is profoundly un-American.”

NBC/CW denies this saying, “The spot was not declined. In fact, we were told they were not going to make a national spot buy on CW.”

One wonders, too, if there aren’t McCain-Feingold issues here as well.

Having seen the video of the commercial in question as well as various trailers for the movie, I am sure of two things. First, this is not a movie I have any interest in seeing. Watching multi-millionaires whine about being ostracized by their fans after having gone out of their way to alienate them is, shall we say, less than gripping. Second, the commercial is certainly no more insulting to President Bush than your average episode of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” or “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” let alone any number of paid political ads run this season on NBC and its affiliate networks. I can’t imagine that they would have turned it down for “disparaging President Bush.”

It strikes me far more likely this is a publicity stunt by Weinstein and the Chicks rather than a fearful television network bowing down to the Man.

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  1. for as long as I can remember, yet they continue to go to the movies. And it’s unlikely that people will quit buying Toby Keith and Gretchen Wilson albums to teach the Grammy people a lesson. Related stories below the fold: Dixie Chicks Claim Anti-Bush Ad Rejected Dixie Chicks Move to Canada Dixie Chicks Tour Struggling Dixie Chicks Bush-Whacked? Dixie Chicks New CD, Taking The Long Way, Breaks Records Dixie Chicks Dis The View Dixie Chicks Not Ready to Make Nice

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  2. MaxedOutMama says:

    The Dixie Chicks were never my cuppa. They are now chattering on about being silenced. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? Tim Robbins got to write and perform in a play about how he was being silenced by the “chill wind” of the Bushies, and now the Chicks are chattering all over the place. That’s some funny sort of silencing.Ah, Anchoress, I know the answer to that one. In the Cheeping Chickie leftist world, “being silenced” means not being greeted with roars of approval when you speak. It has nothing to do with the

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  3. Corporate media censorship or provocateurs’ publicity stunt? James Joyner is pretty sure it’s the latter. UPDATE: George Gooding notices some similarities between the latest Dixie Chicks “outrage” and phony accusations of censorship over Fahrenheit 9/11. Are the Weinsteins crying wolf again?Take Our Press Corps… Please!

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  4. I Second That Motion…

    “Let’s just all pack up and move to Canada because this isn’t our country anymore.” That’s John Avarosis’s petulant response to NBC’s decision not to air ads for the new Dixie Chicks documentary, “Shut up and Sing”–which, by the way,……

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  5. Dumb and Dumber…

    That’s why I think it’s part of a plan to increase exposure without running the ads. And it’s not a bad strategy either. It increases the exposure at no cost to the studio….

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  6. [...] UPDATE: James Joyner reports that NBC denies they were asked to run the ads. In other words, this is looking more and more like apublicity stunt. Riehl World View: Who cares? Say Anything: Give me a break – staged. Just go take the cure for Dixie Chickitis. [...]

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  7. gar swafur says:

    the Dixie Chicks? who is that?

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  8. [...] The Dixie Chicks were never my cuppa. They are now chattering on about being silenced. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? Tim Robbins got to write and perform in a play about how he was being silenced by the “chill wind” of the Bushies, and now the Chicks are chattering all over the place. That’s some funny sort of silencing. [...]

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  9. just me says:

    I don’t have to see the trailer to know this isn’t a movie that would interest me, much for the same reasons.

    The Dixie Chicks real mistake was that they forgot who their fan base was, and when they pissed off their fan base, rather than making apologies they blamed their fan base for being stupid. Not exactly a good way to keep the career going.

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  10. justin says:

    Good to see the Dixie Chicks are still taking the’o’ out of country.

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  11. Mark Jaquith says:

    An image/text ad is showing up at Hot Air for their movie. And you know there are more Bush foreign policy fans at Hot Air than at NBC. I guess that’s new-media vs. old-media for you.

    First, this is not a movie I have any interest in seeing. Watching multi-millionaires whine about being ostracized by their fans after having gone out of their way to alienate them is, shall we say, less than gripping.

    My thoughts exactly. But if they want to spend their millions promoting a for-profit video complaint about how people won’t pay to listen to them… that has too much comedic value to reject. That’s the epitome of millionaire brat stupidity.

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  12. [...] The Dissing Chicks (otherwise known as the Dixie Chicks) think that if people don’t buy their music, it must be government censorship. Everyone knows their fans can’t live without the girls’ music. Outside The Beltway has a post, Dixie Chicks Claim Anti-Bush Ad Rejected in which he notes: Watching multi-millionaires whine about being ostracized by their fans after having gone out of their way to alienate them is, shall we say, less than gripping. I guess that while the chicks were learning about politics they weren’t learning anything about free market capitalism, in which the customer can buy what they want and not buy what they don’t want for whatever reason. Comments » [...]

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  13. Dix Chicks whine about “censorship”…

    Or is it their cunning movie backers, the Weinstein brothers? James Joyner notes that NBC is rejecting the claim that a Dixie Chicks TV spot critical of President Bush was refused: “The spot was not declined. In fact, we were……

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  14. tash says:

    there is such thing as freedom of speech! that’s what makes these women role models! they are not afraid to say what they feel. better then having a fack persona and having people idolize someone they are not.

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