Dolly Parton talks about sexual harassment, feminism, and why she eschews politics
Country legend Dolly Parton clears the air and shares her views on the #MeToo movement and feminism in general. Parton said she experienced sexual harassment, but most likely not as much as other women who have spoken out have. The country singer also says she refers to feminists but is reluctant to refer to herself as one because she has never seen herself that way.
NBC News was toasted as “idiotic” this week after releasing a piece criticizing Dolly Parton’s Super Bowl commercial as fans rushed to defend the country music icon.
In an ad for Squarespace, Parton’s classic “9 to 5” was reinterpreted as “5 to 9” to demonstrate that many Americans today have to work longer hours to make a living.
DOLLY PARTON ADDS ‘9 TO 5’ FOR THE UPCOMING SUPER BOWL AD
Kim Kelly, described by the Peacock Network as a freelance journalist and organizer, wrote a statement titled “Dolly Parton’s 2021 Super Bowl Commercial Is Playing A Game For Rich Men,” which stated it was “disappointing they are literally singing the praises.” to hear of ‘work, work, work.’ “
The NBC opinion piece called Parton’s commercial a “rare misjudgment” of the country music icon.
“Unfortunately, the beloved icon’s toneless misstep is possibly the biggest surprise of the day,” wrote Kelly. “Instead of paying homage to the spirit of the original song, which says nothing about the exploitation of everyday life, the Squarespace commercial offers a thin ode to sideline activity. Office workers are portrayed as overjoyed to keep working and fulfillingly painted, and the song itself encourages you to ‘be your own boss, climb your own ladder’. “
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Kelly then called the commercial a “perfect storm of gig economy propaganda” and Parton’s classic song was “used to promote the false virtues of overtime work”.
“It’s really amazing to see her disappoint so many fans in one fell swoop,” wrote Kelly.
But it turns out that many of Parton’s fans weren’t disappointed after all. When NBC News tweeted the story, it quickly encountered backlash and criticism:
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Parton’s original song “9 to 5” was the title track for the 1980 film of the same name, in which the singer starred alongside Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The film “9 to 5” is about the three women who work to overthrow the strict and antagonistic boss of their company, played by Dabney Coleman. The film eventually earned Parton an Oscar nomination.
Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.