If you thought you could goad Dolly Parton into speaking out about politics, think again.
At least that’s what ABC reporter David Wright found out during a recent sit-down interview on “Nightline” with the beloved international icon.
The reporter tried a few different angles but, alas, Dolly wasn’t having it. Not that she wasn’t gracious or witty in her refusal to discuss political matters, of course she was. She’s always 100% Dolly, even when she may be in the hot seat.
It’s just that politics simply aren’t her style. Period.
“I’m not being political,” she said matter-of-factly. “I don’t do politics. I’m not getting into any of that, because I have a lot of fans out there and I don’t want to offend anybody. And besides, I just don’t get into that. So if you decide you may want to ask me something more serious, don’t, because I’m not gonna answer it!”
That blunt response left them both laughing.
“Fair warning,” David replied. “I might still ask.”
“You can still ask, but I might still tell you where to put it,” Dolly popped back with another laugh.
It’s a tough position to be in for both the interview and the interviewee. In tumultuous political times like the one we’re living in currently, it’s only natural for reporters to seek out the opinions of influential figures like Dolly. It’s what they do.
But at the same time, Dolly’s opinions and beliefs are her own and, just like the rest of us, she reserves the right to share them or withhold them at any given time for as long as she likes, including from now until eternity.
At another point, we see in this clip that the ABC reporter attempts to draw a comment from Dolly regarding President Trump by showing a clip from her iconic movie “9 to 5” in which she and actors Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin rebel and seek revenge against their sexist boss, played by Dabney Coleman.
In the particular scene shown, Jane’s character calls Dabney’s character out, saying to him: “You’re a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” perhaps one of the most pivotal lines in the entire film.
David commented to Dolly that Dabney’s character hasn’t “disappeared from the culture.”
“We have a President of the United States that said those things on that bus,” the reporter went on to say her.
“I’m not addressing that,” she said defiantly. “I’m do not get into that. Of course I have my opinions about everybody and everything. But I learned a long time ago to keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business. I’m not in politics. I’m an entertainer.”
“And yet, you’re also a role model,” he prodded.
“Yes I am,” Dolly said coyly. “That’s why I don’t talk about people.”
There you have it, folks. The only thing Dolly will say regarding her political stance.
We know this for sure—when you can’t look to her words, look to her actions. Dolly is all about love and all about children. Since its inception two decades ago, Dolly’s “Imagination Library” has given more than 100 million books to young children all over the country. She recently celebrated that feat by giving a special story time reading to children at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Now that’s something to brag about!