Archive for April, 2003

Free Speech in Danger? Following up on my March 30, 2003 cartoon (“Free Speech”), I heard the popularly elected President Al Gore came to the defense of the Dixie Chicks. Quoting the Tennessean:

Earlier this month, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush for the war on Iraq while she was performing in Britain. As a result, many radio stations across the country stopped playing the group’s songs.

”They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said,” Gore said. ”Our democracy has taken a hit. Our best protection is free and open debate.”

Nonsense. What we’re seeing is free and open debate. Fame gives the Dixie Chicks a high platform from which to speak freely and more loudly than the average U.S. citizen. The article glosses over the popular negative response back to radio stations about the Chicks’ comments. The Dixie Chicks spoke and their audience spoke back in one of the few effective ways they could. Freedom of speech cuts both ways. And that’s exactly how it should be.

For an unbridled opinion, read this from Rachel Lucas.