The Dixie Chicks are known for being fearless in their music and their beliefs. They’re also known for being some of the most talented and best-selling country artists of all time. As artists like Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard have shown, it’s no surprise that those traits tend to go together.
Recent footage from the Chicks’ new concert shows the trio skewering presidential candidate Donald Trump in a video montage accompanying their song “Goodbye Earl.” The video features newspaper headlines and pictures of people known famously for being abusive towards women.
Then, for a brief moment, Trump appears before a sinister mustache and horns are scribbled over him, high school yearbook style. Among many other things, “The Donald” is known for his disparaging comments and alleged actions towards women, so it’s not hard to see why he appeared accompanying a song about two high school friends who scheme to kill an abusive husband.
— Meghan Stabler (@MeghanStabler) April 21, 2016
It’s an extremely brief moment, but it’s still an important one in the Chicks’ career. They were attacked heavily in 2003 after making comments against the Iraq war and then-President Bush, who hails from the same state as the superstar trio.
It was a roller coaster ride for the Dixie Chicks after those comments, which included both death threats and radio boycotts as well as sold out shows and the album Take The Long Way, which garnered an incredible 5 Grammy wins, including Album of the Year.
The Chicks have embarked on their first U.S. tour since the whole fiasco, and though lead singer Natalie Maines claimed she wasn’t sure how well they’d be received in some parts of the country, ticket sales have been through the roof — including in their home state of Texas, where shows sold out in a matter of minutes.
The political tides have clearly turned in the past 13 years, and most people see the comments the Dixie Chicks made as fairly common in hindsight. And if the crowd reaction to the picture of Trump is any indication, they won’t find much disagreement among their fans.
As Trump’s lampooned picture briefly scrolls by, the crowd erupts in cheers.