Don’t mess with Dolly Parton when it comes to politics, folks.
The iconic country singer went to a recent sit-down interview for ABC’s Nightline to discuss the possible revival of 9 to 5 and its relevant values in this day and age. Although Parton seemed open about the possibility of a remake for the musical film, she playfully declined any discussion about the political themes and topics that come with the movie.
Interviewer David Wright tried his best to get her to spill her personal thoughts on the pertinence of 9 to 5’s feminist principles in coordination to the recent #MeToo and similar movements. Eyeing toward getting Parton to say a negative comment about the president, she bit her tongue and remained diplomatic in her position as a singer and non-commentator about the current events.
“Of course I have my own opinions about everybody and everything. But I learned a long time ago, you keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business. I’m not in politics. I’m an entertainer,” she explained to Wright when asked about President Donald Trump.
Although she didn’t come clean about her viewpoints on Trump’s time in office, she did support the women who have been in abusive situations to open up about their experiences and stay strong in their fight for equality.
“I think [discrimination against women] is always going to a part of our society. At least now it’s been brought to the forefront. I think everyone that’s ever been abused in any way should come forward to and should be listened to, be heard,” she stated.
The possibility of Parton running for president may sound like a nice idea, but she plans to stick to her efforts with Imagination Library and other charitable causes at this time with hopes to bring a new 9 to 5 film to life very soon.