Kirsters Baish| David Wright of ABC’s “Nightline” interviewed country music icon Dolly Parton on Thursday. Parton stood her ground when things turned political.
Wright started off the interview by bringing up Parton’s acting role in the 1980’s film “9 to5.” He suggested that President Trump was much like the sexist boss in the movie. Wright continued to paint President Trump as the “face of the 21st Century” in terms of misogyny. He played a video clip of Jane Fonda calling her character’s boss a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
Wright stated, “The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture. We have a president of the United States who said the things on that bus.”
The “Nightline” host’s comment was referring to the sexual harassment accusations that have been made against President Trump in addition to the Access Hollywood tape from back in 2005 when Donald Trump was caught bragging about crude behavior towards women.
Parton decided to comprise her own response. She maintained that she purposely tries to avoid politics in Hollywood. The country star explained, “I’m not addressing that. I do not get into that. Of course, I have my opinion about everybody and everything.”
Wright continued to push her and said, “yet, you’re also a role model.”
She shot back, “Yes, I am. That’s why I don’t talk about people.”
Parton has been put under political pressure in the past as well. Peers and fans pushed her last year when she gave a statement defending her silence when co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin bashed President Trump at the Emmy Awards.
Fonda and Tomlin stated, “In [9 to 5], we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
Even though Parton was quiet during the speech, she later admitted that the reason she didn’t join in the Trump-bashing was because she sees herself as an entertainer and would rather leave politics out of the equation entirely when it comes to work. She grew up in a household in which her mother was a Democrat and her father was a Republican.
Liberal Hollywood will continue to push celebrities to be a part of the liberal agenda, and they will go to any lengths to do so.