Okay. So we have the official word from Hank Williams Jr.'s own son that his recent comments about President Obama probably weren't....well, the best idea. Now, fans are probably wondering what that other country band who got penalized for sharp opinions about an American president have to say about the matter.Dixie Chicks, of course, who famously slammed former President George W. Bush while onstage overseas in 2003. The Chicks suffered extreme backlash from country fans for their opinion, ranging from a ban on country radio to receiving death threats.
Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines, never one to pull any punches, rose to the occasion by tweeting a couple barbed jokes on Monday night:
"We'll never know if country radio would have banned Hank Williams Jr. for badmouthing the President, because they already don't play him," she noted with a winking emoticon.
She followed that one up with "Finished my NFL theme song! It's called Now We're Ready For Some Football. It's a subtle but effective change. My melody is way better too."
When taken to task for her comments by a fan, Maines explained she was not directly criticizing Hank Jr. "I absolutely think he can speak his mind. My jab was directed at country radio, not HWJ."
Mmmm hmmm! Still, all of this is pretty funny, you have to admit.
I will say, I seriously doubt Hank Jr. will follow this incident up by writing an unapologetic album about his actions, then go on to win multiple Grammys for it. Ya think? Let's just see if he gets back in ESPN's good graces first.
There was no comment about the matter on the official Dixie Chicks twitter account or Facebook page (although several fans did leave their own commentary on the Facebook account). The Court Yard Hounds, which is the side project of Chicks Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, had nothing to say on any of their social media outlets, either.
What do you think about what Natalie had to say? Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the matter!
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- Natalie Maines