Although the show is geared towards families, “Dixie Stampede” has drawn criticism for its romantic treatment of the Civil War, the deadliest war in American history.
Upon arrival, diners are assigned a seat on one of two sides of the arena. Depending on where they sit, they are expected to show support for either the North or the South. And while diners eat, various competitions among equestrian performers take place in the arena.
But some believe that there is a darker side of the subject that the show neglects to address. Instead, issues like slavery and the death toll in the war take a back seat to ornate costumes, traditional gender roles, and a set that resembles a plantation.
An essay about the show published by Slate in August 2017 described it as “the Lost Cause of the Confederacy meets Cirque du Soleil.” It went on to say: “It’s a lily-white kitsch extravaganza that play-acts the Civil War but never once mentions slavery. Instead, it romanticizes the old South, with generous portions of both corn on the cob and Southern belles festooned in Christmas lights.”
Leave it to a left-wing “news publication” to bash anything family-friendly or anything that highlights traditional values.
Despite the new branding, there’s no mention of any planned changes to the content of the show. This should appease those who were outraged by the show’s “concession to political correctness.”
A spokesman for World Choice Investments, Pete Owens, suggested to the Associated Press that the change will make it easier to diversify the audience when they take it to other parts of the country.
“It has added to confusion in discussions about the expansion of our dinner theaters to new locations across the country and around the world.
“Some of our guest comments and comments of developers, in markets around the country with whom we spoke, show a misconception of what our show is. They do not realize The Stampede is a very patriotic, spectacular, horse show with 32 beautiful horses as the stars,” said Owens.
But not everyone is convinced the name change is a good idea.
“Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she’s done for our community, which is her community, and I’m disappointed that they’re yielding to political correctness. What’s next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company? You know, I just hope they don’t change their Christmas program,” said Knox County Mayor, Tim Burchett.
The political correctness that has taken Hollywood by storm has been a thorn in the side of many major actors and actresses. But the biggest critic of political correctness in entertainment has been Clint Eastwood.