Many have finally clued in that certain elements of present-day pop culture are either racist as heck, racist-y, or at the very least, on the problematic side. So some people have decided it’s high time for a name change. Like country group Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum (who maybe should have thought through their name change a little better). After we saw what Lady A did, some were like, “Great. Now do the Dixie Chicks.” Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire clearly heard everyone asking if they’d be the next band to change their name because they announced today that they have officially changed their name to The Chicks.
Much like Lady A, The Chicks’ original name had roots in the American Confederacy (Dixie, or Dixieland, being a nickname for the states south of the Mason-Dixon line). Although according to The Chicks, who are from Texas, that’s not why they chose the name. They have claimed they were inspired by the 1973 song “Dixie Chicken” by the band Little Feat. Now, it would be nice to say all our present-day associations with the word “dixie” were limited to sweet dachshunds and discontinued snack crackers, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The word “dixie” still makes a lot of people think about confederate flags and pro-slavery generals. So that’s why The Chicks are changing it. They also released a very short statement about their new name. via Entertainment Weekly:
“We want to meet the moment.”
Okay, that’s it then! Six words. Maybe they’re saving their energy for when all the rabid anti-Chicks/pro-“heritage” country fans inevitably start foaming Bud Light at the mouth, and flood their DMs with hate about how they’re twice as treasonous now. It’s the kind of headache you really need to rest up for.
The Chicks’ transition doesn’t echo Lady A’s just in name alone. They too had to contend with an already established band with the same name. I know it seems like laziness to use a name that already exists, but what choice did they have? There are only so many chicken-based options before you end up in a trademark war with KFC.
“A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to The Chicks of New Zealand for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters.”
This name change comes right before the release of The Chicks’ upcoming album, Gaslighter, which is due to come out on July 17th. The Chicks have already rebranded their website and officially debuted their new name with the video for their latest song, “March March,” which has a protest message spanning the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate change. And now the angry emails just doubled. There goes their weekend!