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Country music’s the Dixie Chicks change name to The Chicks

But isn’t “chicks” considered by many feminists to be a derogatory term for women? I remember when these ladies were being lambasted by the right-wing for being unpatriotic for criticizing the Iraq War.

In its more benign forms, this stuff is simply the Legion of Decency, Moral Majority, social purity, or temperance movements, according to the norms of 2020. Only instead of crusading against vice and alcohol everyone is crusading against offensiveness and insensitivity. In a few decades or generations, there will probably be crusades against the depiction of meat-eating in movies. In its more malevolent forms, its a revisitation of the theocratic and secular totalitarian revolutions of the past (Cromwell, Robespierre, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, Khomeini, etc.). Human beings just seem to have some kind of psychological need for purification rituals and rites.

JM Stephens

MSN Entertainment

On June 25, country music group the Dixie Chicks announced that they had changed their name to The Chicks, explaining on their website, “We want to meet this moment.” The trio has already changed their social media handles and website to reflect their new name and amended the cover of their upcoming album, “Gaslighter,” to reflect it. The same day, they released a new song, “March March,” as “The Chicks.” The move, made in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests around the country, follows a similar decision by fellow country stars Lady A, who were formerly known as Lady Antebellum.


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