Dolly Parton isn’t one to hold back. The bubbly country singer has always been known to tell it straight, even if her opinion isn’t quite popular. One of the long standing arguments against having a female president has been rooted in sexism. In the past, some have argued, quite radically, that a woman calling all the shots would be “dangerous,” which is followed up by an insinuation that a woman would make rash decisions while she’s PMSing.
For example, while on The O’Reilly Factor, author Marc Rudov was asked by Bill O’Reilly, “What is the downside of having a woman become the president of the United States?”
Rudov replied, “You mean besides the PMS and the mood swings, right? Well, you know, I’m joking. Of course, the main problem I have is if a woman has a female agenda. If she doesn’t have a female agenda, if she just wants to be an executive for all the people, then all I care about is if she’s qualified.”
That said, it’s that underhanded comment that takes down women in power on a general scope.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 6, 2016
Enter Dolly Parton, who made the same crack during her recent interview with the New York Times. With Parton, this comment was a little more general, as she threw Republican nominee Donald Trump into the mix as well.
“I think no matter if it’s Hillary or Donald Trump, we’re gonna be plagued with PMS either way – presidential mood swings! But I personally think a woman would do a great job. I think Hillary’s very qualified. So if she gets it, I’ll certainly be behind her.”
Some reacted unfavorably to the PMS comment. While Dolly Parton has a leg to stand on when it comes to Donald Trump, given his latest sound bites, it seems as though the PMS label is branded onto Clinton simply because she’s a female. On the other hand, Dolly Parton riled up some conservatives who thought her comment meant that she was endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
— Libs R Demonic (@TonyStory6) July 1, 2016
@DollyParton Why don’t you stand up and denounce Hillary? She’s BAD for U.S.A! That was clearly an endorsement regardless of you rebuttal.
— Bo Smith (@TheBoSmithShow) July 6, 2016
Parton was quick to correct the assumption by saying that she has not endorsed Clinton for president. She also went on to say that her comments were taken out of context.
In a statement to People Magazine, Parton said, “This morning while I was watching the news I saw many reports that I had endorsed Hillary Clinton. My comment about supporting a woman in the White House was taken out of context. I have not endorsed Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump.”
So who is Dolly Parton currently endorsing? Is it someone on the independent ticket? Is it popular candidate Bernie Sanders?
“I try not to get political, but if I am, I might as well just run myself ’cause I’ve got the hair for it, it’s huge, and they could always use more boobs in the race, but seriously, I have not decided who I’m voting for, but no matter what we’re gonna be suffering from PMS, Presidential Mood Swings.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 6, 2016
Although she’s shyed away from speaking about politics in the past, Parton has made certain political beliefs known. The country singer is an advocate for the LGBT and in the past has supported President Obama, which may or may not have alienated some of her more conservative fans.
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