So it appears that NBC has rejected a commercial promoting the new Dixie Chicks documentary, Shut Up & Sing. According to Variety , NBC's commercial clearance department has stated that it "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush." Responding in Variety, the Weinstein Company, distributors of Shut Up and Sing, announced:
It's a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America. The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is profoundly un-American.Very well, then. It's time to shut up and watch. Think of it as a Texas two-step:
- Watch the disputed commercial for Shut Up and Sing below:
- Now watch the preview for Shut Up and Sing in a popup window .