The Dixie Chicks have a movie coming out entitled “Shut Up and Sing.” The sanctimonious cover photo should tell you everything you need to know about the movie:
The tag-line is “Do you believe in free speech?” Why yes, I do. The question for the Dixie Chicks, if they are able to come down from their crosses long enough to answer, is: Do The Dixie Chicks believe in free speech? If yes, then why are they making a movie in order to complain about being called “Dixie Bimbos” in the wake of their criticisms of George W. Bush? Isn’t that free speech too? Or should they have been protected from that sort of free speech?
I won’t pretend that the Dixie Chicks only believe in free speech when it’s something they agree with. But what is amusing to watch is how the left has come to interpret “free speech” as the freedom to say what’s on your mind and the right to be protected from criticism.
Perfect example: Michael J. Fox wades into an issue that is the new abortion in a hotly-contested electoral race and takes one side over the other. Amazingly, his newfound involvement in the race draws some tough criticism from his opponents. Is it insensitive to suggest that Fox went off his meds for the ad? Sure. But there’s alot at stake in the senate race and, more importantly, over the issue of stem cell research as a whole, and Fox shouldn’t have expected his opponents to have reacted kindly.
To his credit, Fox, in contrast to his teary-eyed defenders on the left, seems to have understood this. He is, after all, a man. Not a chick. And we will now be subjected to weeks of commentary on the Dixie Chicks whining, cowardly “movie” on how they were *gasp* criticized
following their own unclever involvement in a political debate.