NBC changes “Shut Up & Sing” to “Shut Up”

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According to distributor Harvey Weinstein, NBC is refusing to air a promotional spot for the Dixie Chicks’ new documentary, “Shut Up & Sing,” because it is “disparaging of President Bush.” The ad, which can be seen here, contains clips from the documentary that are familiar to many people. Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines tells a London audience that she is ashamed that Bush is from Texas, and Maines also pronounces Bush as dumb.

According to Weinstein, the CW rejected the spot, too, saying “We do not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot.” A representative from the CW disputes this version of the story and says he was told that the Weinstein Co. was not going to make a national buy for the Dixie Chicks spot.

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