The Dixie Chicks Just Changed Their Name To ‘The Chicks’ And People Are Applauding Them
The Dixie Chicks are the latest band to change their name in the interest of addressing white privilege, racism, and social justice. The move follows a wave as we see the entertainment industry and businesses rebrand themselves, purge old symbols, or express their efforts to work toward anti-racism. The award-winning country band will now go by “The Chicks.”
The Chicks follow Lady Antebellum with name change
The trio of Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Strayer are now known as The Chicks. Fans noticed the change early on June 25, before the group spoke up about anything official, spotting that “Dixie” was dropped from the name. A
ll social media accounts and the website were changed to reflect The Chicks in the header.
Like the other country band, Lady Antebellum (now known as Lady A), The Chicks eliminated a term from their moniker which has a negative connotation linked to slavery.
History.com notes that “Dixie” is inherently connected to Southern Confederate slave-owning states. It cites an 1859 song “Dixie” that became an anthem for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
However, the site also mentions the division created by the Mason-Dixon line which separates the North and South, denoting the difference between the colonies. The word has been a point of contention of late, and in 2018, Dolly Parton removed “Dixie” from her restaurant’s name.
Last week, a few fans on Twitter urged The Chicks to change their name, challenging them to examine its link to the Antebellum South and slavery/plantations.
The Chicks release new music, video for Black Lives Matter
In addition to their subtle name announcement, The Chicks released a new song and video called “March” on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. The message “If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you. – unknown” is anchored to the posts.
The song is meant to be in support of the Black Lives Matter protests, and the accompanying video features the names of scores of Black men and women who died because of racial injustice and abuse.
There are also shots of protests around the world. Among those remembered in the video are George Floyd, Amadou Diallo, Breonna Taylor, Rekia Boyd, and Tamir Rice.
There are also links in the video on The Chicks’ website to donate to various social justice organizations and humanitarian groups.
Fans react to the news
The Chicks have never really shied away from political topics. Back in 2003, Maines criticized President Bush over the invasion of Iraq, and told concertgoers the band did not support the war. The group suffered major backlash and even received death threats over their stance.
Given the current social climate in the U.S., the name alteration is dividing The Chicks’ fan base.
Many are supportive—even those who don’t listen to their music—and are thanking the group for changing things up. Some said the video moved them to tears. Yet there are some who don’t like the move.
One person tweeted, “Well thanks, but I will stick to the great albums you made when the music was more important than political posturing. Was nice knowing you.” Another added, “Holy Moly. You hacks are still trying to rebrand yourselves & make a comeback….”
Yet the cheers and love outshined the negative comments on all The Chicks’ social media channels. No word on when their postponed album will drop, but they’ve clearly earned a slew of new fans.