Dolly Parton faces backlash after standing with former castmates

Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Photo provided.

During the Emmy awards, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda took the stage together for a brief 9 to 5 reunion.

Fonda and Tomlin were attending for Grace and Frankie, an LGBT+ inclusive show on Netflix. Parton was attending for a TV movie she cowrote called, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.

Following this appearance, conservative fans across the nation have expressed disappointment in Parton for choosing to appear on stage with her “liberal” former co-stars.

Perhaps fans are forgetting that 9 to 5, a movie Parton starred in, had a forward, feminist message.

“Back in 1980 in that movie we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” said Fonda following Parton’s comment on their reunion. “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Tomlin added.

Parton remained silent while these comments were made; however, this did not stop conservative fans from being upset. Fox News is even calling her appearance “racy.”

Much of the criticism is coming from online sources (social media primarily).

One commenter felt as though Parton’s appearance had the potential to destroy the economy of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the town where her amusement park is located.

“After the Emmys, would never give my grandchildren a(n) album of yours. If you are a true Christian & USA loving patriotic American, you would have stood up for our President,” wrote the poster.  “So extremely disappointed in you! Heartbreaking for your fans & for the innocent residents of Pigeon Forge, TN as you have just single handedly destroyed the local economy. Those innocent ppl will become as poor as you where growing up. All because you wouldn’t stand up against the trashing of our President.” 

Parton has yet to comment on the criticism.

Copyright The Gayly – 9/19/2017 5:42 p.m. CST