All of us wanted to have a picture perfect wedding; we want to have a perfect husband/wife, a perfect house and a perfect job. Although, this is just a wish among others. Most of us are scared to talk about domestic violence because it’s a taboo. Well, listen y’all, if we will not stand up against domestic violence, when will our voices be heard.
The more that we choose not to talk about domestic violence, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose.
“The Hit Makers”
Dixie Chicks is an American music group that was formed in 1989. There were originally four members performing bluegrass and country music. Further, after the departure of one bandmate around 1998, the group decided to change their repertoire. This huge decision helped them achieve commercial success with their hits “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces.”
Also, the group had won 13 Grammy Awards, A Grammy Award for Album of the Year and was labeled as the Top Selling All-Female band. Considering the fame that they gained, these girls had faced a lot of controversies.
“Goodbye Earl,” is a country music song written by Dennis Linde and it was initially for the band “Sons of the Desert”, but for some reasons, it was given to Dixie Chicks. Thus, the song was included on their fifth studio album, “Fly” and it peaked at no. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks.
Also, the song became controversial upon its release. Even though it has a humorous and playful music video, the lyrics of the song talks about domestic violence. On the music video, Wanda got married to her so-called “The man of her dreams,” but everything changed. She experienced domestic violence after two weeks of their marriage until she decided to visit a lawyer. Divorce did not work out, and she was left with the last option, to eliminate his husband, to get her freedom and happiness.
Critics praised the trio for shining light on domestic abuse, others would say that domestic abuse or spousal murder is inappropriate for a country radio. In my opinion, it’s time for us to help those who are suffering from domestic violence/abuse. But, don’t get me wrong, killing is not an option. This can happen to anyone and it doesn’t matter what race, creed, religion or standing in society of the victim is. In order for us to eradicate this inhumane actions, we need to stand together and be the voice of the victims.
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