The Dixie Chicks have never been ones to shy away for calling out politicians — even (or maybe preferably) if it stirs up a little controversy. But as the three Texas ladies embark on their worldwide reunion tour, they're not wasting any time in getting back to it. In fact, they took aim at presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on their first show back in the States over the weekend.
The band just returned from Europe to begin the American leg of their MMXVI tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, last Wednesday, and let’s just say that they arrived with a bang.
Entertainment Weekly reported over the weekend that the Dixie Chicks projected a photo of Trump painted up to look like a cartoon Satan on their concert backdrop as they performed “Goodbye Earl.” Earl is the woman-beating subject of one of the Chicks’ most iconic songs.
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It’s no secret that the Dixie Chicks are no fans of Republicans, most famously calling out George W. Bush on stage in London. At a show in Dallas immediately following the debacle, the band had to be escorted back to the airport by police in light of a particularly credible assassination attempt. (Seriously.)
Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines has been pretty up-front on her feelings about Trump. “As long as Donald Trump’s decisions for America are as solid as his decision about his hair, we’re in good shape,” he tweeted in January.
Which is why it will be interesting to see whether or not the Chicks continue displaying their unabashedly progressive politics throughout the rest of the tour. There will undoubtedly be at least a few of the folks in the audience for the upcoming Dallas date that plan to vote for Trump. Making fun of him in such a blatant way may cause tension in the crowd, especially when you consider just how damn hot it’s going to be at Gexa Energy Pavilion on August 5.
That said, though, you probably shouldn’t expect for the Dixie Chicks to back down or apologize, or as they might say, be ready to make nice. It's been ten years since the controversy that could (and did, in some respects) have effectively ended the band’s career, the Chicks are clearly more adamant than ever about ensuring that more than just those snarky lyrics are heard loud and clear.