Country star Dolly Parton is one of the world’s best-loved singers. Dolly has over 50 years in the music business under her belt, and has millions of fans in the U.S. and beyond. Parton’s incredible performance in the “legends” slot at Glastonbury in 2014 showed that Dolly is as relevant now as she has ever been. At the time of that performance, the Telegraph crowned Parton the “undisputed queen of Glastonbury” after she had thrilled the 150,000 strong crowd with a set full of her classic songs.
Parton has not managed a five-decade music career, as well as successful acting and business careers, without being smart. Dolly understands that getting involved in politics is something that an entertainer should approach with a great deal of caution. Parton will be well aware that the current presidential race has been the dirtiest and most controversial in U.S. history. There seems to be no end in sight with regards to the accusations that key contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have thrown at each other.
In this most vitriolic of campaigns, Dolly would be well advised to keep her opinions quiet. Parton will understand that endorsing any candidate in the current race would alienate as many fans as those who support her views. Parton has always trod carefully around politics, which is one reason that many fans were surprised when Dolly was reported as having endorsed Clinton’s candidacy.
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The New York Times asked Dolly in interview if she would like to see a female president and Parton’s reply, something she insisted was taken out of context, appeared to show that she was throwing her support behind Clinton.
“Well, I think that would be wonderful. Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has. 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.”
On seeing claims that she supported Clinton Dolly was quick to explain that she did not endorse either candidate. Rolling Stone reports that Parton was determined to make her position absolutely clear after seeing reports in news bulletins. Using her trademark wit, Parton even joked that she might run herself.
“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.
“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.”
Clearly, Dolly wants to keep her focus on music and away from politics. Parton has always said that anyone in elected positions has “her support and her prayers.”
Dolly is without question one of the hardest working musicians in history. Parton has released 43 solo albums, four live recordings, and around 18 collaborations, and Dolly has a new album, Pure & Simple, set for release this summer. Parton fans can get a preview of the new material in advance of release, as Dolly is about to hit the road again for the second leg of her Pure & Simple tour.
Parton announced yesterday that her new single, “Pure & Simple,” will get its premiere on BBC Radio today. Staggeringly Parton has had over 110 chart hit singles across her career. Dolly is also one of the most honored musicians of all time.
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