Natalie Maines: 'People were misled'
24 November 2003
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, whose criticism of President Bush last spring led to boycotts of the group's music, still has a lot to say about the war in Iraq.
"I think people were misled and I think people are fighting a war that they didn't know they were going to be fighting," Maines said Friday on NBC's "Today" show. "And I think they were misled by people who should have been asking questions and weren't."
The country stars faced criticism and even death threats after Maines said she and her bandmates were ashamed that President Bush was from Texas. She made the remark in London shortly before the war began.
Though Maines apologized for the phrasing of her remark, some radio stations banned the group's music. The group also received death threats in the wake of Maines' comments.
Maines said Friday she did not feel vindicated by how the war has unfolded: "I would have liked to have been proven wrong."
The band's recent concert tour was one of the year's most successful, but Maines said it is too early to predict the long-term fallout.
As for the backlash, she said, "We like making music and we'll continue to do that whether people buy it or not."