Dolly Parton: ‘I’m not in politics, I’m an entertainer’

March 13, 2018

Dolly Parton: ‘I’m not in politics, I’m an entertainer’ Eva Rinaldi / CCL

ABC tried to bait Dolly Parton into trashing President Trump on Thursday, but the “9 to 5” star was having none of it.

Dolly Parton defused journalist David Wright’s stubborn efforts to get her to criticize the president, saying that she’s an entertainer – not a politician. 

If only more celebrities saw things that way.

Parton: “I don’t do political”

With so many celebrities moonlighting as progressive activists these days, it’s rare to hear an entertainer decline to choose a side in the culture wars. But that’s just what Parton did in an interview with ABC’s Nightline Thursday.

ABC reporter David Wright tried to get Dolly Parton to join her fellow “9 to 5” stars Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin in denouncing Trump, playing a clip in which Parton’s co-stars slammed the president at the Emmy’s. Parton had appeared at the awards show alongside Fonda and Tomlin, who alluded to the antagonist of “9 to 5” as a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” at the event in an obvious dig at Trump.

But Parton wasn’t having it. She warned Wright not to bait her into a political discussion, insisting:

I’m not being political. I don’t do politics. I’m not getting into any of that. Because I have a lot of fans out there and I don’t want to offend anybody. And besides, I don’t get into that. And so, if you are deciding, you may want to ask me something more serious, don’t. Because I’m not going to answer it.

“Keep your mouth shut”

Despite Parton’s insistence that she wouldn’t get caught up in a political discussion, Wright stubbornly tried to get her to trash Trump.

“The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture,” he said after playing a clip from “9 to 5″ in which Fonda’s character disparages her sexist boss.

Wright then said, “We have a president of the United States who said those things on that bus,” referring to the infamous Billy Bush tape.

“I’m not addressing that. I do not get into that. Of course, I have my opinion about everybody and everything. But I learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business. I’m not in politics. I’m an entertainer,” Parton answered.

“And yet, you’re also a role model,” said an unrelenting Wright.

“Yes, I am. That’s why I don’t talk about people.”

Watch the clip below:

Parton handled what must have been an uncomfortable situation with tact and grace. It’s sad that mainstream journalists are so shameless in pursuing their anti-Trump agenda.

Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.