Dolly Parton on her LGBT fans: ‘They know that I completely love & accept them’


I believe Dolly Parton is a national treasure. And it’s amazing to me that she’s still so cool, even after 50 years in the business. I think that’s because Dolly has always been an iconoclast. She’s always been ahead of the curve. She thinks for herself and takes care of her business. Dolly has a new interview with Billboard which is just… amazing. Classic Dolly. You can read the full thing here. She’s never heard of Lean In. She loves her LGBT fans. She even gives some investment advice! Some highlights:

Billboard: How are you different now from the girl who came to Nashville in 1964?
I’m more successful now than I was then, but I still feel like the same girl. I’m just a working girl. I never think of myself as a star because, as somebody once said, “A star is nothing but a big ball of gas” — and I don’t want to be that.

Dollywood attracts lots of church groups, but it has also become a draw for the LGBT community. What does that say about you?
It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.

You have a large gay following. To what do you attribute that?
They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.

As a Southern woman, how do you speak your mind and take care of business but remain likable?
I’m open and I’m honest. I don’t dillydally. If there’s something going on, I just say it. Sometimes if I get mad, I’ll throw out a few cuss words just to prove my point. I’ve often said I don’t lose my temper as much as I use it. I don’t do either unless I have to because I love peace and harmony, but when you step in my territory, I will call you on it. People say, “Oh, you just always seem so happy.” Well, that’s the Botox. (Laughs.)

How many houses?
We have a place in [Los Angeles] and a couple places here [in Tennessee]: on the lake, then we have the office complex, and I have the old [East Tennessee] place up home. It’s investments. It’s not to say, “Hey, look at me.” I’d rather buy property than play the stock market.

[From Billboard]

She also talks about dressing to look “easy” and how men always underestimated her because of how she looked, but that’s fine because she’s always made all the money. I love what she says about the LGBT community and her fans – she’s just such a cool lady.


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  1. KinChicago says:

    God Bless Dolly Parton, who never fails to brighten the day.

  2. SayWhat says:

    I love Dolly, she always gives the best interviews 🙂

    • HH says:

      I thought I couldn’t like her anymore, but then she goes and uses the word “dillydally” in an interview. Bless her. Bless her.

  3. kri says:

    She is one the best, isn’t she. I love her, and what she says about judging being just as bad as any other “sin”. If everyone thought like her, this world would be so amazing.

  4. Jaderu says:

    Dolly Parton is EVERYTHING!!! 24/7!

  5. mia girl says:

    I love this woman.
    And I’m going to say something which may shock some, but MUCH prefer her original version of “I Will Always Love You” over Whitney’s cover.

    PS – Jaderu, mimif & kiddo
    Maybe Mondays should go to Dolly Parton… will Bramhall share?

    • Jaderu says:

      I already gave her the whole week above. I got excited and panicked.
      I may or may not have also wet myself.

    • mimif says:

      I don’t know about this schedule you guys have been working on. I mean, BILL MURRAY IS EVERYTHING*, Jackman is a nice guy, I can’t even with AnnE (but I lurve Jaderu so she gets a pass), ⚫️BRAMHALL⚫️ is just an honorary member, and Dolly is a lot of awesome. The End.

      *dont make me go find the original post.

      • Jaderu says:

        *dont make me go find the original post
        Look at mimif and her being all “don’t make me pull this thread over”…bahahhahahahahah
        *wets herself again*

      • mimif says:

        That’s it. I’m going in. (It might take a while)

        *grabs monocle & pours glass of sherry for inspiration*

      • Kiddo says:

        ⚫️BRAMHALL⚫️ is not simply ‘honorary’. *puts on snorkels and wetsuit, grabs liter of grain alcohol, while⚫️⚫️BILL MURRAY⚫️⚫️ is controlling the sub, dives in…*

        Dolly Parton will be nominated as Ambassador for welcoming all to ⚫️⚫️BILL MURRAYNESS⚫️⚫️ Christopher Walken will read back committee minutes and be a song and dance man. All in agreement?

      • mimif says:

        Okay, here is the one that started it all (found so many awesome gems along the way):

        I can NEVER EVER get enough of Bill Murray…I search for him in events…saw him and rewound his reaction when Yusef (Cat) got his induction at the R&R HOF. Loved him on Kimmel with George…he is an American Treasure. ALWAYS THE FUNNIEST GUY IN THE ROOM ALA TODD, BOB, and all of his other great understated characters…BUT THE GREATEST TURN EVER WAS IN MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME…AS LARRY DARRYL–GREAT CHOICE BILL AND YOU DID (UNDERLINED) PULL IT OFF!!

      • Jaderu says:

        That was quick mim!!
        Do you have all Bill Murray references indexed by level of insanity or word count?

      • Kiddo says:

        mimif, who wrote that glorious piece? It has given me endless joy.

      • mimif says:

        The poster ROBYNSING. She followed it up with:

        HE ABSOLUTELY KILLS ON LETTERMAN..I am laughing out loud

        @Jaderu, careful tossing the word insanity* around here. It makes a few people** somewhat temperamental.

        *I write this as a clinically insane person, so I get a hall pass.

        **i am joking, people. Joking jokes joking

      • Jaderu says:

        *goes on temperamental f-bomb laced rant*
        Pull the thread over again mimif… I’m dizzy. I’m not cut out to run with the big dogs (Bales?)

    • mia girl says:

      Jaderu I posted before seeing your around the clock/forever/for all time declaration for Ms Parton.

      mimif – I’m confusing myself, but seeing all the names together made me think there needs to be a movie called EVERYTHING with all these folks in it.

      Haven’t worked out plot or roles yet but Murray, Jackman, Parton (and a cameo by Bramhall). I WANT.

      *Edit – add Christopher Walken too*

      • Jaderu says:

        If Benihana “penwing” Cucumber narrates this movie…I’m in.

        I’ll help with the financing when AnnE sends me the next PR payment. (please don’t tell her she doesn’t get Monday anymore)

      • mimif says:

        May I suggest Walter White as the narrator?

      • Kiddo says:

        Walter white is treasurer.

      • mimif says:

        This is getting too political for me. I’m going back to the Bale thread to see if I’ve made any more friends today.

      • mia girl says:

        tue wed thu – Benedict narrates
        fri sat sun – Walter narrates
        mon – I add James McAvoy into the mix and on the casting couch

        *can’t believe I tried to throw another schedule into this mess. I’m dizzy*

        *I give up. Back to square one. Bill Murray is EVERYTHING*

      • Jaderu says:

        @mia girl – Can we still have spaghetti wednesday?

      • mimif says:

        *bows down to ROBYNSING for giving us the gift that keeps giving*

    • Jadzia says:

      I actually really love the Linda Rondstadt cover.

  6. chloeee says:

    She is so rad. I want her to be my godmother. *sideyeing you, Miley*

  7. Louminary says:

    Love her comment on “stars” haha , and really really love her take that passing judgement is a sin too. I am going to use that in future. Dolly is just wonderful

  8. aims says:

    Love her. She is as warm as sunshine. The best.

  9. Kim1 says:

    I love Dolly even though I am not a fan of her music .

  10. QQ says:

    she Just Puts the BIGGEST smile on my face always!! Its something so cool about a forthright badass NICE but not bland person like her

  11. bettyrose says:

    “Judging others is as big a sin as any other.” My new mantra for anyone who feels entitled to an opinion on others’ identities.

  12. Veronica says:

    I got a kick out of the Botox comment. If we could all age that gracefully that we could have fun with ourselves no matter the choice.

  13. TQB says:

    “A star is nothing but a big ball of gas.”
    She may not be, but she shines so bright she never fails to make me smile.

  14. Macey says:

    “But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. ”

    This quote is what needs to be plastered everywhere! Sums up everything. I think the Amish (and Dolly) are the only religious organization that actually get this and follows it.

  15. Alicia says:

    I love, love, love this woman, If we can clone Dolly Partons, this world would be a better place. Loved everything about this interview – thanks for showcasing it.

  16. Artimis says:

    Goddess. See, this is how be a legend and NOT be a complete bitch **coughmadonnaamongstmanyotherscough**

    Confidence and humility will always win out against arrogance 😀

  17. Jess says:

    It’s impossible not to smile with this woman, she’s just so cute and honest, a true legend in my opinion. She really hasn’t changed at all and that’s what I love about her!

  18. shizwhat says:

    I love her because its not about saying something nice to the LBGT community, its about love for all. Her beautiful attitude toward life and people is reflected in her music and that’s why I love it. She’s the closest thing I have to an idol!

  19. Sayrah says:

    Love her!!

  20. TTMuch says:

    Of course she does, because she is AWESOME!

  21. MaiGirl says:

    I love her because she is such a humble badass, and her music catalog rocks. People sometimes don’t know or forget what a talented and prolific songwriter and businesswoman she is because of all the glitz, but she is really quite the role model. Even though her “maintenance” makes me cringe sometimes, I adore her! I also maintain that she was robbed of an Oscar for Best Song for Travelling Through. Such a great song, and so perfect for Transamerica. Robbed, I tells ya!

  22. Jag says:

    Love, love, love her!

  23. danielle says:

    Dolly is the best!