Ever since the country music trio, Dixie Chicks, changed their name as a result of the Black Lives Matter protests, people have been calling for a different brand of a similar name to make the same move...
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: Getty ImagesSince the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Many celebrities have also been using their platforms to speak up...
via: GettyAnd this week, the country music trio, Dixie Chicks, which consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire, took a stand in a slightly different way.
The all-woman band, from Dallas, Texas, first rose to fame in 1989...
via: GettyAnd they have released many memorable hits, including "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces."
But this week, they announced a sudden name change...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's all because of the obscure racist connotations surrounding their band's title.
Now, I know what you're thinking...
via: GettyWhat's so offensive about the name, Dixie Chicks?
Well, it turns out that the name does infact carry some racially-motivated connotations.
via: GettyThe band initially took its name in reference to “Dixie Chicken," a 1973 album by the country-rock group, Little Feat. But the word "dixie" has long had confederate connotations.
In the current climate, the name has become steadily more problematic...
via: GettyAnd, in a recent opinion article in Variety, it was said that the term Dixie “conjures a time and a place of bondage."
So this week, the band took the decision to formally change their name.
via: GettyAlongside the release of their new single, "March March", they simply stated: “We want to meet this moment."
The band will now be known as "The Chicks."
via: GettyThey have simply removed the incriminating word, "dixie" to create a new, yet recognizable band name. It's sheer genius if you ask me.
Though someone else does already go by this name...
via: GettyIn a separate press statement, the band wrote: "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. Chicks Rock!"
Most people have applauded the band for the decision...
The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks." How heroic!— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren)1593114248.0
But, of course, not everyone is too pleased...Some people just love to complain, and they have taken to Twitter in full force to express their dismay over the name change. Why does it even matter?
Though some people have somehow taken offense with their new name...
@RollingStone And Chicks is a derogatory word for female...the lack of follow through on ideas and the unintended c… https://t.co/J3nEyKcuiE— hollyberry (@hollyberry)1593101390.0
But now, others have taken their attention elsewhere.
I don’t think Dixie cups will survive this. https://t.co/q2bpqJVtN8— Carey Findley (@Carey Findley)1593107146.0
Now, as you can see, the disposable paper cup brand shares a very similar name to the country band.
@RollingStone Are Dixie cups still ok?— YOUR KAPTAIN (@YOUR KAPTAIN)1593102470.0
So, of course, many are wondering whether the company will take action amid the ongoing BLM protests...
Can we still call them Dixie Cups?— James Morrow (@James Morrow)1593129359.0
Should the brand change their name?
Are the Dixie Cups going to be known, going forward, as the Cups?— Timm (@Timm)1593155687.0
Or will they be rebranded all together?
Dixie Cups will now be called, Liquid Holders.— FieldDiamond (@FieldDiamond)1593132024.0
But some are adamant that Dixie Cups should not change their branding.This Twitter user pointed out how the brand has no racially motivated connotations behind their name, and therefore they shouldn't have to make any changes.
Dixie Cups is yet to address the debate...
I regret to inform you that the name of Dixie Cups has been changed. From now on they shall simply be referred to a… https://t.co/oftD3dKkRG— tyler (@tyler)1593136303.0