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ABC Encourages Dolly Parton To Label Trump The Face Of Modern Sexism

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Dolly Parton gave an interview to David Wright on ABC’s “Nightline.” Wright began the interview by bringing up Parton’s role in the classic 1980’s Hollywood film “9 to 5,” suggesting President Trump was similar to the sexist boss in the movie.

Dolly doesn’t do politics. She stays out of it. Sure, she has her own opinions, but she keeps them separate from her work as an entertainer. Nevertheless, Wright tried to back her into a political corner, which was in retrospect a mistake.

Wright was all in on this one. He proceeded to label the President as the “face of the 21st Century” when it came to misogyny and played a clip of co-star Jane Fonda labeling her character’s boss as a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” He just would not take no for an answer. What does that make Wright? “The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture,” Wright sneered. “We have a President of the United States who said the things on that bus.”

Obviously, what is being pushed here is some kind of reference to all the allegations out there of sexual harassment against President Trump. Not one of which has been proven to date. It also probably refers to the Access Hollywood tape from 2005 where Trump bragged about crude behavior towards women.

Dolly Parton responded, but not the way the interviewer had imagined. She was adamant that she stays as far away from politics in connection with her career as possible. She is getting ready to do a reboot of the “9 to 5” movie and does not want to mix politics with Hollywood while doing it. “I’m not addressing that. I do not get into that. Of course, I have my opinion about everybody and everything,” Parton said. “But I learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business,” she added. “I’m not in politics. I am an entertainer.” Perfectly put by the most famous woman in country music today.

Wright prodded her anyway, saying, “yet, you’re also a role model.” “Yes, I am. That’s why I don’t talk about people,” she said. That’s exactly right. Parton is known as one of the nicest and most decent people in the entertainment industry and she lived up to that ideal during this interview. This certainly isn’t the first time Dolly has been put under pressure to go political from colleagues, friends and fans. Last year, she released a statement defending her silence in the wake of co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin “Trump-bashing” at the Emmys.

When Parton’s friends, Fonda and Tomlin, unleashed sharp criticism of the newly-elected President Trump, Dolly was very uncomfortable over it. “In [9 to 5], we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” the duo snarked on stage. Through all of that, Dolly was silent, but her facial expressions said it all and so did her body language. Later, Parton admitted she did not join in the evening’s politics as she views herself as an entertainer and likes to keep her political opinions from the media, citing her experience of having a father that was Republican and a mother that was a Democrat. Smart girl. Bet dinner time was interesting growing up.

Before the Emmys mess, Dolly admitted that she was “nervous” beforehand, but felt it best to simply stay out of the whole thing. She was criticized from both sides for not saying anything. It was a no-win situation for her. “I didn’t know what to say,” Parton said. “I’ll always just go to a boob joke if all else fails. I was just happy to be back with them, to get that standing ovation about the movie,” she added. “I was there about the movie.”

It’s noteworthy that just prior to Dolly’s sharp response to Wright, she warned him that she refuses to discuss politics and would not answer any political questions. “If you decide you may want to ask me something more serious — don’t because I’m not going to answer it,” she said. “You can ask but I might still tell you where to put [your question].” I really do love Dolly Parton.

SOURCES: The Western Journal, TheBlaze, NewsBusters

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