After a month she took part in a politically charged broadcast of the Emmy Awards, Dolly Parton finally revealed about what happened on stage at “Trump-Bashing” Emmys, in a radio interview this week.
According to Western Journalism report, Parton appeared on the reunion with her costars from the 1980 comedy film 9 to 5, and was part of award presentation at the ceremony. But, then something bizarre happened, actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda issued a delicately indirect condemnation of President Donald Trump, which caused Parton to feel sudden shock.
“I just told them, and they know me, I said, ‘You know, I don’t go political,’” she told SiriusXM host Andy Cohen.
When it came to the Trump-bashing presentation, Parton said she only took responsibility for her portion.
“It’s not my place to tell them what to say or what not to say,” she said. “I just knew that whatever they said, I’d be saying whatever I said.”
Distancing herself from her anti-Trump co-presenters was not enough for some of her fans, though.
“A lot of people are mad at me because I didn’t say something to defend the president or whatever,” Parton said.
She said she sees herself as “an entertainer” and does not want to alienate her fans by injecting politics into her act.
Parton cited the backlash that damaged the reputation of the Dixie Chicks. In 2003, the country music group’s lead singer, Natalie Maines, made controversial and derogatory comments about then-President George W. Bush.
“I saw what happened to the Dixie Chicks many years ago, one of the greatest groups ever,” she said. “It’s OK to say what you think, but you’ve got to suffer the consequences. And I knew if I say one thing I’m going to piss off half the people.”
That proposition has never appealed to her, she concluded.
“I just know that’s not the thing for me,” Parton said, “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 hypocrat.”
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