Barbara Kopple is directing a documentary that follows the Dixie Chicks from the peak of their fame through the anti-Bush firestorm, and it features a scene of Maines watching news coverage of President Bush reacting to Maines’ comments. ”The Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind,” he said, “[and] they shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out. You know, freedom is a two-way street.” In response, Maines says “What a dumb fuck,” and then, to the camera, “You’re a dumb fuck.”
Now I’m not sure how recently this bit was filmed, and I’m not sure how much editing control Maines had over the film, but frankly, I’m kind of tired of this, and I’d think she’d be too. I’m as liberal as the next Angeleno, but it feels like uniformly despising President Bush is so passe. It’s been done. We’re all tired of it, on so many levels. He’s on his way out. Let’s move on.