Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing is a documentary film about the successful all woman Texas country music trio, over a three year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the U.S after the lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the U.S George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London.
The film then cuts to a scene from the Dixie Chicks’ March 10, 2003 concert at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre in London, England. The atmosphere in the European audience is of dramatic opposition to the announcement from U.S President George W. Bush’s authorization of the invasion of Iraq.
Approximately one million people had recently demonstrated in London against the war. During the introduction to their song “Travelin’ Soldier”, Natalie Maines, a Texas native, says: Template:Cbquote The Guardian, a major English Newspaper, published Maines’ statement as simply “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the U.S is from Texas.”. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. media picked up the story and controversy erupted. Conservative groups in the United States rallied against the Dixie Chicks and a firestorm of anger and criticism followed.