The Dixie Chicks appear to change their name after backlash for Southern reference – The Sun

AFTER more than 30 years, the Dixie Chicks have decided to change the name of their band to The Chicks.

The popular country trio revealed the abrupt name change in the branding of their latest song March March.

The longtime musicians have also made sure to showcase their new band name on the cover of their album Gaslighter.

The band has yet to make a statement, but their official website did have a few words that may be referring to the decision.

It read: “We want to meet this moment.”

Amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, the band faced a ton of pressure to alter their name.

Variety contributor Jeremy Helliger noted that "Dixie" refers to a "celebration of the Southern tradition indivisible from Black slaves and those grand plantations where they were forced to toil for free."

He added: “This is a discussion we need to have and they should be a part of it.

“[The band's] silence has been deafening."

The reaction to the band's name change has been a mixed bag.

One Twitter user wrote: "Welcome #TheChicks!

I hope @dixiechicks are able to phase out the 'Dixie' fully from all their content and handles."

While another said: "Are they going to return all the money they’ve made touring and recording on the 'Dixie Chicks' name?

"Otherwise this is really a meaningless gesture — not to mention the fact that 'the Chicks' is itself highly problematic."

The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks aren't the first group to change their controversial name.

One June 11, Lady Antebellum announced they will now be known as Lady A.

They released a statement on Instagram confirming the switch.

They wrote: "After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word 'Antebellum' from our name and move forward as Lady A.

"The nickname our fans gave us almost from the start."

They added: "We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued.

"Causing pain was never our hearts' intention, but it doesn't change the fact that indeed, it did just that …"

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