DIXIE CHICKS REDUX? Not even close

On March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks slid from their position as the top female band in the country to near oblivion after lead singer Natalie Maines announced from the stage that they were “ashamed President [George W] Bush is fromTexas.” 

Fast Forward to May 31, 2017 and the women in that group look like amateurs in the face of comedian Kathy Griffin’s horrifying and potentially actionable exercise of the poorest possible judgment by starring in a video satirizing a fake Isis-style “beheading” of our current president.

What was Griffin thinking?

Though many people around the world dislike, are fearful of, and disrespect Donald Trump, few if any agree that such a video is either appropriate or in any way helpful to their cause.

Since we can imagine that rising to some degree of notoriety as a female comic, in a field--like many-- dominated by men, it is difficult, if not impossible, to justify such a tasteless and self-destructive act. Even Griffin’s New Year’s Eve partner in the annually televised holiday festivities--Anderson Cooper of CNN-- has weighed in to condemn Griffin’s outrageous stupidity. Until now, Cooper’s worst nightmare was probably his having to submit himself, out as a gay man, to Griffin’s endless sexual innuendos tossed his way. Now he risks the total dismantling of his journalistic credibility as a commentator if he appears at Griffin’s side again as the Time’s Square ball descends. She, more pointedly, loses her most important promotional appearance every year since CNN has now fired her.

So, in the end, Griffin has shot herself in both feet and potentially derailed a career she probably worked very hard to launch. Worse, she embarasses her colleagues, her fans (of which I am not one) and a nation struggling to repair damaged credibility and civility.

It has taken the Dixie Chicks more than a decade to put their Humpty-Dumpty fame together again: It appears that Griffin, on the other hand, may never find the forgiveness she begs for now. The difference is in the gravity of the satirical slam.  Being ashamed to come from the same state as a questionable president doesn’t hold a candle to acting out the fantasy of another’s assassination. Griffin will have few if any supporters for her actions which will doubtless have severe professional, legal and financial consequences for her and the videographer who joined her in this madness.

Meanwhile, more reasons exist today than ever before for the world to wonder if America as a whole has gone absolutely mad.

Mary Ann Sorrentino ( writes commentary for the Providence Journal, the Keene Sentinel, and other publications.





    January 20, 1017 - A Day for Generations!

More than a quarter million women, and men who love them, marched in Washington today...  as millions more did across the country and around the world. So we were all well-represented in telling Trump we WON'T go back to the bad old days.

Thank you Sisters and Brothers around the world.

Trump, meanwhile, through his Press Secretary, issued a statement basically reiterating his paranoia about the media as being his enemy and claiming his inauguration had the biggest audience in history-- though no police department, National Park Service, aerial estimate, or other crowd measurement issued agrees. In fact they all consistently say Obama's 2009 inaugural was attended by at least 33% more people and presented comparative photos to prove it.

NEITHER president commanded the kind of crowds seen today when the Women's March set a new record as the LARGEST protest march in Washington DC history!
Trump will just have to get over it!
                             Let's keep this going!

 To give you all an idea of the global participation, I attach BELOW photos from around the world...AMAZING!

           Antartica protesters

                    Rome    click here for Rome video





Los Angeles

For a Gallery of more global protest photos click HERE   

Now let's keep it going!

An All-American brand untouched by US hands

Because the nuns taught me to obey lawmakers and public officials in positions of power, when Trump tweets, “Buy LL Bean” I run right out to the new LL Bean Outlet down the road from my home. (To be honest, I am a sucker for a good deal, so I probably would have gone even if he hadn’t commanded me to.)

I start looking around the store and, low and behold, I couldn’t find one thing-- NOT ONE-- that was made in the USA!

Now I confess that I really don’t care where something is made: if I like it, I’ll buy it. But Trump ran for president -- and won-- on the promise to “bring the jobs home.” So why is he sending us all to a store that will benefit Jordan, Vietnam, Bangladesh and a host of other foreign countries instead of the US? (Answer:  because a Bean bigshot made a “HOOOOGE” donation to Trump and apparently he’s a slut for a good deal as well!)

I asked a saleswoman why I couldn’t find any US goods in the store. She wondered why I asked. I told her about Trump’s order that we all shop here and the conflict it had with his “America First” rhetoric. She asked if I realized that if LL Bean used American goods, “…the prices would be ridiculous…That’s how we keep the prices down!”

I said I realized that and, frankly, it was fine with me, but the President-elect said he’s going to fine companies that manufacture overseas and here he is recommending LL Bean!

So SHE asks, “Did HE send you here to check on this?”

I managed not to laugh aloud and simply said that the last time I spoke to Trump he didn’t even mention LL Bean and I was just looking for a nice warm bathrobe on sale (which they didn’t have in any case.)

I don’t know what to be upset about first: Trump’s ordering us where to shop, the saleswoman’s expectation that the President-elect might actually be sending spies into her store, or the absence of any real bargains there in the first place.

(Note to President Barack Obama: We’re REALLY going to miss you!)

Mary Ann Sorrentino

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