I already knew the story of Natalie Maines comment about George W. Bush in the UK in March 2003. If a UK artist on tour in the US or anywhere else for that matter had made a similar comment about Tony Blair - I cannot imagine more than passing discussion in the UK.
I am a Dixie Chicks fan - I love all their albums and particularly 'Taking the Long Way' and I understood the sentiments behind 'Not Ready To Make Nice', what I had failed to understand is the significance of some of the lyrics in the rest of the album.
This film highlights the furore which followed the reporting of the comment, the bigoted, small-minded actions of a few (I would like to think) Americans, but when you witness the sheer scale of the protests, including the trashing and steam-rollering of their CDs, by their 'fans', and the boycotting of country radio, it suddenly becomes more than a documentary, more like a social commentary and harkens back to the book burnings of Nazi Germany. Free speech - not even close, it cost them a great deal.
Ask yourself the question, what would you do if you were the subject of protests, pilloried as a traitor to your country, had your livelihood and your actual lives threatened?
See the film, I only hope if I was ever in this position, I could be as brave and resolute as the Dixie Chicks, who I hope will forgive the non-country reference because they truly rock!