Natalie Maines is no stranger to controversy and making bold statements about her beliefs. Back in 2003, the former Dixie Chicks singer caused a hail storm of outrage when she criticized then President George W. Bush at a London concert on the eve of the Iraq War by saying that she was “ashamed” the president was from her home state of Texas. Backlash ensued, and the Dixie Chicks found themselves tossed out the country music industry for quite some time.
Recently though, Maines has spoken out about her beliefs towards marriage equality. The country singer told USA Today ”I’m pro-gay marriage. Pro-gay everything. I’m pro-choice. I’m liberal on every social aspect, probably. More liberal than people would even believe.” The singer also shared that she has long been a supporter of the LGBT community and their fight for equality and considers herself to be a progressive, considering that she hails from the conservative state of Texas.
Hopefully, this support from Maines won’t spark the same backlash as her previous stance did. One good thing did come out of her previous controversial statements: the backlash inspired the song ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’, which earned three Grammy Awards and became one of the Dixie Chicks’ most enduring and well known hits (plus my personal favorite of theirs).