I'm with Laurie Byrd on this one. If boatloads of free publicity, scads of magazine covers, endless rivers of ink and immediate access to radio, television and reporters is punishment, the Dixie Chicks sure seem to be getting a heck of a lot of good out of it. To claim these people are being silenced in any way, shape or form is so laughable that it makes the people claiming it look foolish. Did they pay a price for shooting their mouths off? Maybe, but it was by alienating fans. Did anyone try to shut them up? Hell no.
NBC responded to a clearance report submitted by the Weinstein Company's media agency saying that the network "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush."
The CW Television Network responded that it does "not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot."
Famed litigator David Boies stated, "It is disappointing and troubling that NBC and The CW would refuse to accept an otherwise appropriate ad merely because it is critical of President Bush."
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company stated, "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. The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is sad and profoundly un-American."
The Weinstein Company is exploring taking legal action.
Obviously the Dixie Chicks have been silenced and censored, I mean, has anyone reading this heard anything about the comment Natalie Maines made in London? Does anyone reading this know that the Dixie Chicks don't like President Bush or the war? Since they have been so effectively silenced for three years now there is no way anyone could possibly know any of this and since these mean networks are censoring their ads the world will never know.
I would love to be silenced and censored as the Dixie Chicks have. How many magazine covers and primetime interviews did they get when their latest CD was released? Certainly more than they got when their previous CDs were released, back when they were a "hick country group". NBC and the CW are making decisions based on what they think their viewers want to see and whether or not they have programming where they can place the ads. Whether or not that decision is a correct one, it is ridiculous to say the Dixie Chicks have been penalized….
Quick! I want to be silenced! Get me the cover of Time right away! I could use a few million bucks.
UPDATE: Greg Tinti has a video of one of the ads NBC refused. It blames a "conspiracy" against the Dixie Chicks. No, really, it does. These people are seriously disturbed. My eleven year old is more mature.
UPDATE: A Blog For All sees a conspiracy all right. Just not the one the Dixie Chicks and the studio are pushing. This one involves free publicity and getting the videos aired out for free. It is working, too. I think this is probably spot on.
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.