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  1. Matt26 says

    I love Dolly, she is a fantastic composer, very smart business person. One of those global super stars we don’t know, because her public image is so strong her inner person isn’t visable.
    Thanks Dolly for your support and music.

  2. tweedle says

    Dolly is a great person as well as a smart business woman and gifted composer, etc. all virtues recounted in the posts above. At this point however, she is getting a “skeletor” look going, or perhaps “Lady Cryptkeeper” for a news Tales From the Crypt television series.

  3. Troy says

    She may not be a biological mother, but I think of her as one of my moms. Every time I see her I know there is someone out there who unapologetically says the things every gay child needs to hear. Plus she’s so damn fun! And she is beautiful. Tweedle, Rush Limbaugh called. He wants his sense of humor back.

  4. Yar says

    Dolly is one of the only people who seems to be loved by both red and blue America. And with good reason… she is incredibly smart and talented. Furthermore, she has a magnificent heart. I absolutely adore her. God Bless Dolly!!

  5. IAN F says

    Love her!

    I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
    -Dolly Parton

    “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain! ”
    — Dolly Parton

    “Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”
    — Dolly Parton

    “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
    -Dolly Parton

    “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb – and I’m not blonde either.”
    — Dolly Parton

    “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”
    — Dolly Parton

    “I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours!”
    — Dolly Parton

    “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.”
    — Dolly Parton

  6. TNcliff says

    Have always loved Dolly ever since i was little & watched her on the Porter Waggoner Show! She’s got a huge heart and has always been a good person. She’s got the same kind of attitude towards loving gays that the late sweet Tammy Faye had.

    As for Tweedle’s criticism about her looks, i think she looks great for somebody that’s about to turn 65 in January!! Kind of ironic that Tweedle is sitting there in judgement over somebody on a clip that’s saying we should love & accept people as they are without judging, lol.

  7. ProfessorVP says

    Dolly being supportive of gay people is like Shamu being supportive of whales. Not for months or years, but for decades she has fended off lesbian rumors, much in the way Oprah has, but, as Pappy Bush used to say, “kinder, gentler.” Me not buying. I love her music- well, the early years. And I love her looks- well, the earlier years before she went the Michael Jackson route. But all the gushing about her so-called tolerance reminds me how innocent people are, even on a site that’s supposed to be hip. Naturally, someone reading this will spring into action, defending her honor… where is the proof she is a lebsian? Of course, the converse would be absurd, never occur… where is the proof she is hetero?
    No, her absentee, invisible husband is not substantial proof, nor are her denials. But hetero is the default, it requires no proof. And to say otherwise would be a slur. Since Dolly is a nice lady, and doesn’t wear Birkenstocks to the roller derby, she cannot be a lesbian, right? And we should take her at her word. Over, over and over again, she has denied it. True or not, some support, eh?

    Listen, kiddies, there is one reason and only one reason Dolly is so “supportive” to a group, if it is possible to be supportive of yourself. It is for the same reason Elizabeth Taylor is genuinely supportive. It is to keep her name and marketing value alive and well. Again, the naivete here is not substantially different from the rubes who swallow everything Sarah Palin bleats.

  8. krispy says

    @Tank-it reveals that you prefer to focus on the negative.

    Dolly is an amazing spirit and her message is so wonderful and supportive. I know the likely hood of her reading the comments section of this blog are zero- but how awful it would be for her to see such comments about her appearance after speaking out about acceptance.
    I do think we always hope the subject of the post we are commenting on somehow gets our message- I always try to keep that in the back of my head when I leave a comment.

  9. Kerry says

    @ Tank: get out of my head! I was thinking the same thing when I saw that picture. LOL But let me clarify- I love Dolly and everything she is. I love the Muppets and everything they is too. 😉

  10. mikej says

    I saw Ms. Parton years ago at a county fair. She was appearing with Porter Waggoner. It was a wonderful show. Afterwards, she and Mr. Waggoner were autographing record albums. I was with a friend of mine and we were just gob-smacked by the whole thing! We each bought a record and had it autographed. Ms. Parton and Mr. Waggoner were both in their stage outfits, just glittering. We debated afterwards whether either one was, um, a “natural blonde”. Dolly Parton was as kind and sweet a person as one might ever meet. We stood off to the side and watched her, in awe, as she greeted every person with the open sincereness that is her trademark quality.

    @PROFESSORVP: I don’t know whether or not Towleroad is a “hip” site (that’s so 1960’s of you), but generally people here make sense with humour, honour and intelligence.

    Too bad you weren’t able to do the same.

  11. Kermit D. Frog says

    Interesting biological experiment. Recall people in your life who “look like muppets”…they are probably nice and pretty compassionate. Jim Henson was on to something.

  12. ProfessorVP says

    @ Mike J: Gosh, I spilled the beans with my usage of the word “hip.” Tsk-tsk. Well, now you know, I grew up in the 60s. Therefore, that makes everything I think and write as stale as yesterday’s Pop Tart.

    Well, that’s how long I’ve been watching and listening to Dolly. Nobody- least of all me- is saying she is not a fine performer. But it her “sincereness” (I think you mean sincerity) that I question. She is one of many, many gay and lesbian performers who claim to be supportive of us, while they are, in reality, one of us. For decades, she has jumped on the perceived accusation and slur of lesbianism and will clarify that she is “supportive” of LBGTs, but no, God forbid we think she IS one, or her career will collapse like John Goodman’s beach chair. I do not call this cunning approach, as you write, “honour.” (In the States, we spell it honor.”)

    Also, I think my opening remark about Shamu the whale displayed sufficient, as you write, “humour.” (In the States, we spell it humor.) You can stand up and defend yourself, but you cannot be supportive of yourself. You can only be supportive of those different from you.

    Some may credit her with support and openness, but I spell it fear and connivance. There is absolutely no empirical evidence to support she is hetero, and it is her deathly fear of her loyal fans that keeps her being “supportive.”

  13. ProfessorVP says

    I rest my case, and KL helps prove it… I think. (His English is sort of primitive, but I think I get the point.) If I “spectulated” somebody was straight, there would be no hurt feelings, no need to defend anyone’s honor. It just proves that Dolly is quite reasonable to fear her fans. And speculating that Dolly is a lesbian is like speculating Bullwinkle is a moose. That said, I’ve enjoyed her for years as a thoroughly professional performer who invented herself. But no, do not expect gratitude from me when a lesbian or gay man is “supportive” of gays and lesbians.

  14. nic says

    @PROFFESORVP,

    you are really quite ridiculous. if i were to post to an english website on the topic of honor, should i expect to be told, “in britain, we spell it honour?” i suspect that our friends across the pond would have more class than you. you are a presumptuous, priggish american ‘poof’ who prefers to quibble about the idiosyncratic nature of the idiomatic differences between the common language of the yanks and the brits. does that give you a sense of superiority? belive me, it is false.

    moreover, you make completely unfounded assumptions about the sexuality of an american icon who has been a supporter of the gay community for many years. unless you can prove a negative, which is to say, prove that she is not a heterosexual, you should stfu. heteros make invalid, unsupported assumptions about gay people all the time. why would you want to be part of the obverse side of the same coin?

  15. mikej says

    @PROFESSORVP: I didn’t know Ms. Parton’s sexuality was an intellectual, scientific quest for truth. I regret I have no “empirical evidence” to back up my statements (other than my own, personal experience) regarding her “sincereness” (sincerity, thank you). Shall I expect a lecture by your arrogant, pompous self at a university near me some time soon? I can hardly wait. I’m sure it will be a most stellar event, garnering much press attention and perhaps a few Internet videos. As for humour, obviously you have none. As for an over-inflated sense of self, you surely have enough for all of us.

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