Dixie chick controversy that changed their careers

The American country band the Dixie Chicks, now known as the Chicks, publicly criticised President George W. Bush in March 2003.

Natalie Maines, the band's lead singer, made the announcement at a concert in London.

She stated that the band was ashamed to be from the same state as Bush and that they opposed the war.

The Dixie Chicks were one of the most popular American country acts at the time, as well as the best-selling female band of all time.

After the statement was reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, it sparked outrage among American country music fans.

Many country radio stations blacklisted the Dixie Chicks, they received death threats, and they were chastised by other country musicians.

The backlash hurt the Dixie Chicks' music and concert ticket sales, as well as their corporate sponsorship.

Later country artists such as Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert cited the Dixie Chicks and their stance on Bush as influences.