On boycotts and the Dixie Chicks
After I watched the Peter Jackson movie, Heavenly Creatures a few years ago, I decided not to read the Victorian mysteries of Ann Perry. During the making of the movie, reporters tracked down the identities of the killers involved. It came out that a very well known author, Ann Perry, while a teenager, aided in the murder of her best friend's mother. They beat the women's head in with a brick in a stocking. I vowed then that Ann Perry did not need my money or my patronage any longer. Her books are good and it's a sacrifice, but I am happy to make it.
Other than that I generally do not believe in boycotting things that give me pleasure just because I dislike an artist or business person's politics. I love the Dixie Chick's music. They are truly talented. I don't like Mick Jagger or Michael Jackson as people, but I love their music.
When I was young, my grandmother boycotted Israeli goods because she was against Zionism and mad about the partitioning of Palestine. At that time the Israelis made some very nice towels and bathing suits. I think I mentioned before that my grandma and I went to Cost Plus World Market one time and I bought some cookies there. When we got home my grandmother threw a fit because the cookies (wafers) were from Israel. That was my first experience with boycotting, although I had heard about the farm workers and the grape boycott and the divestment movement over apartheid in South Africa.
I have always thought that the left was the most dedicated of boycotters. There is no end to the products and stores they boycott. Wal-Mart. TV in general. Starbucks. Products that are tested on animals. Fur. They are the kings and queens of boycotters. Recently gay activists got a very funny Snicker's Super Bowl commercial removed because they felt it was homophobic. It was the opposite of homophobic if you ask me. Maybe they will boycott Snicker's now. Fools!
Anyway, I love the Dixie Chicks songs, "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Earl." I saw them on Austin City Limits, years ago and fell in love with them. The thing is this. The former fans who boycotted the Dixie Chicks, had every right to do so. Making death threats is going too far, but I fail to see how those on the left, who support boycotts every chance they get when it suits their ideology can be surprised when those on the right follow suit.
I think many Black people might boycott the Dixie Chicks because of the name of their band.