If you don’t think some people are on a mission to just be mad, then consider what happened to country star Dolly Parton after her appearance with “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda at this year’s Emmy Awards.
Just to refresh your memory, Dolly, Lily and Jane were there together to present the best supporting actor award, but in their introductory speech, Lily and Jane used the opportunity to speak about President Donald Trump. Dolly, meanwhile, let them speak, then rejoined the conversation, in typical Dolly fashion, to joke about her … assets.
After the show, Dolly was faced with criticism for not taking a stand.
In an interview with SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen, the beloved country superstar explained why she didn’t participate in the political banter with her fellow actresses.
“I just told them, and they know me, I said, ‘You know, I don’t go political, I don’t do that,’” she said. “It’s not my place to tell them what to say or what not to say, I just knew that whatever they said, I’d be saying whatever I said. But anyway, when it turned into where everybody had their thing to say, I just didn’t want to get into it. And a lot of people are mad at me because I didn’t say something to defend the president or whatever. But I just don’t—to me, I’m an entertainer. And I just know that’s not the thing for me, because no matter what your thoughts or what your political views are, I always just make a joke that I’m neither Republican or Democrat, I’m a hypo-crat.”
Dolly went on to say, “I saw what happened to the Dixie Chicks many years ago, one of the greatest groups ever. It’s OK to say what you think, but you’ve got to suffer the consequences, and I just know if I say one thing I’m going to piss off half the people. I just never got into that. That’s not the thing for me. But it’s like, you’re danged if you do and you’re danged if you don’t. Just like that, I got punished for something I didn’t say.”