- The Washington Times
Friday, June 3, 2016

When it comes to Republican politicians, the Dixie Chicks are still “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

Kicking off their 2016 summer tour in Cincinnati on Wednesday, the country-music trio sang their 1999 hit, “Goodbye Earl,” eonline.com reported Thursday afternoon. The group reportedly played the song against a backdrop of a photograph of Donald Trump with scribbled on devil horns, a mustache and goatee.

The song is about two friends who fatally poison and then dispose of the body of a physically abusive husband named Earl. One lyric in the song has police losing interest in the investigation with Earl being “a missing person who nobody missed at all.”

In March 2003 during a London concert, Dixie Chicks front woman Natalie Maines told her audience she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” A consumer backlash ensued against the band for the political comments, and Ms. Maines in short order offered an apology. 

“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful,” the singer said at the time. “I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers’ lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American.”

However in 2006, as Deadspin magazine reported last September, the Dixie Chicks “returned to the same London venue, and Maines repeated her words verbatim.”

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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