Loyal Democrat Harvey Weinstein has picked up the rights to distribute a documentary about the Dixie Chicks. The film covers the backlash by Americans after Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines spoke negatively about President George Bush during a concert overseas.
The film revolves around the aftermath of singer Natalie Maines’ statement at a 2003 London concert, where she said, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” It chronicles death threats, political attacks and radio boycotts against the band, and that could make the film a political hot potato as well as potential ammo should longtime Democratic party supporter Harvey Weinstein become involved in the fall political campaigns.
“I am extremely proud to be associated with this film because it’s not only an outstanding and creative piece of work, but it also exposes our responsibility as Americans to confront our fundamental right to freedom of speech,” Weinstein said.
Kopple said plans for a grassroots promotional campaign are still being discussed, and Peck said the film is likely to be a hot topic in the approaching elections. “It deals with freedom of speech, censorship and other important issues,” Kopple said. “It looks at the cost of standing up for what you believe in.”