Dolly Parton Faces Attacks Following Pro-LGBTQ+ Statements

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Dolly Parton is under attack online after a recent publication accused the “9 to 5” singer of pushing a false gospel.

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Dolly Parton, a name synonymous with country music, rhinestones, and boundless charisma, boasts a remarkable career spanning over six decades. Born in 1946, in the rural depths of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Parton’s musical journey began early. Surrounded by a family steeped in music, she penned her first song at the tender age of five and received her first guitar at eight.

Parton’s ambitions extended beyond the rolling hills of Tennessee. At 18, she set off for Nashville, the heart of country music. Facing initial resistance for her youthful appearance and ambitious spirit, Parton persevered. She honed her songwriting skills, penning hits for established artists like Kitty Wells and Porter Wagoner.

A turning point arrived in 1967 with the release of her debut album, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” Parton’s signature style, blending traditional country with pop sensibilities, began to captivate audiences. Her duet albums with Porter Wagoner further propelled her career, showcasing her powerful vocals and captivating stage presence.

Parton’s solo career ignited in the 1970s. Hits like “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Coat of Many Colors” cemented her place as a country music legend. Unafraid to experiment, she ventured beyond genre boundaries, incorporating elements of pop, gospel, and folk into her music. This artistic diversity resonated with a wider audience, solidifying her status as a global phenomenon.

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Parton’s influence extends far beyond the music industry. She is a prolific actress, starring in films like 9 to 5 and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. A shrewd businesswoman, she has built a successful empire, including Dollywood theme park and a variety of business ventures.

Dolly Parton is renowned for her philanthropic endeavors. The Dollywood Foundation provides scholarships to students in her native Sevier County. She has also made significant contributions to various causes, including literacy programs (Imagination Library) and AIDS research.

But, even though the star has always been a positive role model, it does not mean she is not a target of the media.

Dolly Parton, the beloved country music legend and philanthropist, recently faced criticism from a conservative magazine known for its targeted attacks on female celebrities. The Federalist, which has previously taken aim at artists like Taylor Swift, published an article critical of Parton’s inclusive stance on LGBTQ+ rights, which she has grounded in her Christian faith.

Parton’s fans have rallied in her defense, praising her message of love and acceptance. Many have pointed out The Federalist’s history of inflammatory rhetoric and its tendency to target strong, independent women. This latest criticism seems to follow a similar pattern, attempting to belittle Parton’s values and beliefs.

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Dolly Parton’s enduring popularity stems in part from her genuine warmth and embrace of diversity. This recent controversy only strengthens her connection with fans who value her message of unity and compassion.

A section of the article said:

“But Parton’s version of love, which includes condoning immoral sexual behavior (“be who you are,” she’s said), is unaligned with God’s vision for humanity. Like so many secularized spiritual leaders, Parton equates love with agreement, but the two are not reciprocal. Love doesn’t mean we must accept sinfulness as good to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

It’s a reminder to be careful when looking to cultural Christians to light the way. For example, we love to hear Stephen Colbert testify about following Christ, but when he rants against the overturn of Roe v. Wade, it’s clear he’s misguided.

Similarly, in the same week that Parton mentioned her upbringing in church, The Advocate (a large circulation magazine) called her an “LGBTQ+ icon.” And her rhinestone-studded flashy outfits, big hair, and infamous chest have inspired many a drag queen. That’s not her fault, but she does seem to indulge it.”

Fans of Parton saw the way that the article attacked the singer, and revolted. Shauna said, “they came for Dolly. we ride at dawn,” ready to go into battle for her.

Travis had a similar reply, “No. You do not come after Dolly Parton. You absolutely do not.”

These are just two examples among thousands of fans standing by Parton, and condemning The Federalist. While the article did try to defame Dolly, it clearly did the opposite, only strengthening her fans support more.

Even with all of the online hate, Parton is not slowing down.

Dollywood has recently unveiled its most anticipated addition yet – The Dolly Parton Experience! This extensive, multi-building exhibit immerses guests in the legendary singer’s life and career. From her humble beginnings in Locust Ridge to her rise to stardom, the experience offers a captivating journey through Dolly’s remarkable story.

Although Dolly Parton has announced her retirement from touring, her creative pursuits remain vibrant.

Her upcoming album, “Dolly Parton & Family: Smoky Mountain DNA – Family, Faith & Fables,” delves into her family history and is set for release on November 15th, accompanied by a four-part documentary series.

In a new venture, Parton brings her music to life with “Dolly Parton’s Threads: My Songs in Symphony.” This live performance features an orchestra playing her hits alongside videos of Parton herself. While she won’t be performing live, her stories and music will be vividly presented on stage.

Additionally, Parton is collaborating with her sister Rachel on a cookbook titled “Good Lookin’ Cookin’.” This playful nod to Hank Williams includes 80 recipes and holiday menus. On top of this, she continues to take care of her husband, Carl Dean, who is suffering from Alzheimers.

Most recently, at Dollywood, a guest reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest while at Splash Country; however, the guest refused assistance and left the park.

Are you a Dolly Parton fan? Let us know your thoughts on the recent article written against the country singer.

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