Ugh. Family drama.
Dolly Parton’s sister, Stella Parton, is speaking out publicly against her sister. She says she’s ashamed that Dolly has refused to become a big #MeToo advocate or identify as a feminist.
If you recall, Dolly told the Guardian: “I don’t think… I mean, I must be if being a feminist means I’m all for women, yes. But I don’t feel I have to march, hold up a sign or label myself. I think the way I have conducted my life and my business and myself speaks for itself. I don’t think of it as being feminist. It’s not a label I have to put on myself. I’m just all for gals.”
On the #MeToo movement, she added: “I’m pretty sure it’s always been bad. It’s just that with the #MeToo movement women are bolder to speak out against it.”
Those answers aren’t satisfying Stella.
“I’m ashamed of my sister for keeping her mouth shut,” Stella Parton, 69, said on the CountryLine “Our Stories” podcast last week. “She can run it when it is about something else, but speak up about injustice, Dolly Parton. Speak up. And speak out. Defend women, and don’t just do it in a little song. Speak up.”
“This is the first time I’ve really publicly called my sister out. But it’s high time that some of these older women speak up and speak out,” she added. “They’ve all gone through all kinds of abuse in this industry so: speak up!”
Sorry, but it is NOT Stella’s place to tell Dolly what she’s gone through and what she needs to speak out about. She may be her sister, but it is NOT her place.
She even brought up notorious raging hypocrites Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep.
“In the same way that Jane Fonda and people who have been in Hollywood all these years and never said a word, like Meryl Streep was all big buddies with Harvey Weinstein until he got busted,” she said. “And then she kinda came around to say, ‘well, you know, that’s terrible’ … well, why didn’t you speak up when it came down? You knew it? All these women just didn’t speak up because they’re afraid they’re gonna mess with their fanbase. I think women would be more apt to respect you if you would speak up.”
I wouldn’t put Dolly in the same category, ESPECIALLY because she’s not sitting around pretending to be the world’s biggest modern day feminists, as those other ladies are trying to do.
“That’s why I was so happy to have people in our government like Michelle Obama, who has always been such an inspiration to the younger generation of women. I believe we finally have a chance here. We have an open window. Don’t let it be closed by keeping your mouth shut,” Stella added.
I think it’s really rotten of her to go after her sister like that. She and others are going after Dolly simply because she refuses to identify as a feminist. They may not want to admit it, but that’s the truth.
ANYWAY. Please enjoy this clip of Dolly from the Grammys.
h/t Fox News