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Prediction: Emily Blunt Best Actress Oscar in 2018 on Stage with Boy-Girl Twins By Robin Barnes

EMILY BLUNTThe recent winner of the Critic’s Choice Award has a long string of nominations and successes. Her latest movie Sicario scored rave reviews at the Cannes film festival. Blunt recently became an American citizen and jokes about it during interviews. For e.g., she quipped that after watching the recent GOP debate she thought that becoming a citizen was “a terrible mistake.”

 Many view the Republican presidential candidates led by Donald Trump and worry for the image of the nation. This does not include the hosts at Fox and Friends, they have a different point of view: Blunt should “leave Hollywood.” “Let some American women take on the roles that you’re getting, because Americans are watching your movies and lining your pockets,” another declared “You know what Emily Blunt just did? She just Dixie Chicked herself. She has alienated half the country that now will think twice about going to one of her movies.”

 Interesting Theory!

Background: In the middle of a 10-year career with an album that won four Grammys, the Dixie Chicks broke the one-day record for concert ticket sales. They were the first ever to have three albums debut at No.1.  Then all hell broke loose when: heading into a sold-out worldwide tour, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, remarks by Natalie Maines sparked controversy in the United States. International media reported that in between songs at a London concert, Maines confided to the audience: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

 She later apologized for “disrespecting the office of the President,” but the backlash was vicious. The group received numerous death threats, while a campaign to boycott their music led to a ban on country radio stations throughout the states. Absurdity in the South Carolina Legislature resulted in House Resolution [H 3818] calling for an apology to military families for the “unpatriotic and unnecessary” comments made by their lead singer and free concerts for troops as an expression of their sincerity.

dixieA tastefully presented nude photo montage in Entertainment Weekly displayed all of the accusations from protesters: ‘Boycott’, ‘Saddam’s Angels,’ ‘Dixie Sluts,’ ‘Traitors.’ Brett Butler was loudly booed at the Country Music Flameworthy Awards when she spoke in their defense. One report surmised that “not since Jane Fonda’s trip to Hanoi had an entertainer enraged so many people with a political statement.” Maines later stated that her ONLY regret was that she apologized for disrespecting the office of a President whom she believes is unworthy of respect.

The conservative orchestrated backlash against the Dixie Chicks encouraged them to take a brief hiatus: do a little dance, make a little love as Casey would say with his Sunshine Band. Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Robison have three husbands and seven kids between then. Their three-year voluntary exile resulted in five of their seven bundles of joy.

When they re-emerged with their next album, Taking the Long Way, country-music radio program directors almost to a person agreed that it contained a few hit songs, but were unanimous in their assessment that the debut single “Not Ready to Make Nice” would not make that list. Country radio stations asked the record label for an alternative single to reintroduce the Dixie Chicks to their fans—a request they, of course, turned down.

The song is powerful (I’m not ready to make nice/ I’m not ready to back down/ I’m still mad as hell and/I don’t have time to go round and round and round.) It embraces all of the traditional wisdom: forgive, but don’t forget, does time really heal all wounds, what’s done is done, pay the piper, no regrets, let Freedom Ring!

Not Ready to Make Nice debuted at No. 1, and sold half a million copies the first week. A standing ovation awaited the Dixie Chicks at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, as they swept every category for which they were nominated: Record of the Year for Not Ready to Make Nice, Album of the Year for Taking the Long Way, Song of the Year for Not Ready to Make Nice, Best Country Album for Taking the Long Way, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their debut single: Not Ready to Make Nice.

Therefore, if Emily Blunt has been “Dixie-chicked,” then allow me to be the first to offer early congratulations for her forthcoming Oscar for Best Actress in 2018, as she celebrates a birthday of her boy-girl twins!


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