Country music legend Dolly Parton has finally spoken out about her appearance at the Emmys one month ago, where she reunited with her co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda from the classic movie “9 to 5.” Tomlin and Fonda decided to bash President Donald Trump as soon as the trio took the stage, and now, Parton has revealed the “sick secret” they’ve been hiding ever since.
Parton reunited with her “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to announce the winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series award at the 69th annual Emmy Awards last month. However, the trio’s remarks aimed at President Donald Trump garnered all the attention. “Back in 1980 in that movie [9 to 5], we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” said Fonda, with Tomlin quickly adding, “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
For her part, Parton refused to involve herself in the political pandering, instead expressing how happy she was to be reunited with her costars. “Personally, I have been waiting for a 9 to 5 reunion ever since we did the first one,” she said, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In a radio interview with SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen this week, Parton finally spoke out about the ordeal, saying she learned years ago to stay away from politics in her public life. She also shed light on something which has remained a secret ever since Tomlin and Fonda made their blasphemous comments about the president; namely, that they did so even after she told them she was not on board and would not be joining in their political banter.
“I just told them, and they know me, I said, ‘You know, I don’t go political, I don’t do that,'” Parton recalled. “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,” she further explained.
“But anyway, when it turned into where everybody had their thing to say, I just didn’t want to get into it,” she added. “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,” said Parton.
“I saw what happened to the Dixie Chicks many years ago, one of the greatest groups ever,” she continued, according to Rare Country. “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.”
“I’m neither Republican or Democrat, I’m a hypo-crat,” jokes Dolly Parton about staying out of politics in her public life.
Posted by SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Dolly Parton doesn’t comment on politics because she’s an entertainer. People want to hear her sing, not drone on about this Republican or that Democrat. Frankly, it’s sad that Tomlin and Fonda had to go and ruin their reunion with her just to take a jab at President Trump. Perhaps Parton’s stance on entertaining her fans instead of lecturing them is partly why she’s had ten times the career her washed up co-stars have. They could learn a thing or two from her, to be sure.