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    “I regret using Dolly as the example for the point I was making in the article,” she told Yahoo! Entertainment Saturday. “As I wrote in the piece, I love her and think she does some incredible things for the world. We all make poor choices in how to frame things sometimes. This was one of those moments for me! Dolly is one of the few people who is beloved by all and who loves all. The world is lucky to have her.”

    You don’t get to pretend that it was an error in framing your message. You meant what you said and the only thing you regret is the backlash. You picked on an angel and everyone else rightfully gave you shit for it.

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      “I used Dolly Parton’s name to gain infamy. I am glad that it happened, as I have been offered a one hour weekly show on NewsMax.”

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      The piece, titled “There’s Nothing Loving About Dolly Parton’s False Gospel,” […]

      “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,” Andersen writes.

      This is not a “Sorry, I didn’t mean it that way, I just framed it wrong.” This person meant exactly what she said.

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        God’s vision for humanity

        You know a religion is utter bullshit when its followers use phrases like this.

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          God’s vision for humanity

          Translation:

          Our cult leaders’ vision for humanity

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            Its always weird how people can be so conceited to think that “God’s vision for humanity” perfectly aligns with “the way I want things to be done”

            When you have no disagreements with god, then you are absolutely full of shit.

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          They don’t even follow their own religion. Christianity is about being nice and kind to people. Which seems somewhat incompatible with these peoples world views. Of course it was also incompatible with the whole religious crusade thing, so perhaps it’s not surprising that they still think like this.

          It’s generally the atheists who know more about their religion than the religious.

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            If all or even most of Christianity’s followers were actually kind, generous people, it would be harder to criticize, but it’s so blatantly just another hateful cult like the rest of them.

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        I’m an atheist, but I was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic high school. People like this honestly amaze me. If there’s one message that’s repeated over and over in the new testament, it’s “love everyone, regardless of anything about them, and treat them with kindness.” People like this are somehow unashamed to say “Loving everyone is wrong because it condones sinful behavior.” And so many will nod their heads with that.

        I’m happy to see that when they use a person like Dolly, who actually lives the values, as an example of what they mean, people will say “Hey, wait a minute…”

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        She knows in her heart that Jesus forgives her because she prayed to him for forgiveness, and that’s all that’s important.

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          That’s the convenience of Christianity. Commit a sin, ask Jesus for forgiveness, get forgiven automatically just because you asked, commit another sin, the process repeats until you die.

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            I immediately get my guard up when I learn that about someone. Never trust a person that can assuage their conscience with 10 seconds of talking to their bed.

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        It’s only an apology as far as ‘I regret the blowback’. essentially they are only sorry to themself for doing a dumb dumb. Not to Dolly. And not to LBGTQ

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        That’s not an apology.

        It’s a “sorry I got busted” statement.

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      Anyone else notice how often the party who won’t shut the fuck up about “personal responsibility” whenever social services and such are discussed accepts absolutely zero “personal responsibility” when they are the ones who need to display some?

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        It seems to be a universal across countries and cultures. Those who spend their entire time telling everyone else how to behave are never able to behave themselves. Perhaps it’s simply that everyone with any brains isn’t stupid enough to say that sort of thing. At least in a public forum.

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      The flaw in the Christ stories, said the visitor from outer space, was that Christ, who didn’t look like much, was actually the Son of the Most Powerful Being in the Universe. Readers understood that, so, when they came to the crucifixion, they naturally thought, and Rosewater read out loud again:

      Oh, boy–they sure picked the wrong guy to lynch that time!

      And that thought had a brother: “There are right people to lynch.” Who? People not well connected. So it goes.

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    Good luck getting America to hate a blonde blue eyed white woman with fake titties. On top of supplying kids with books, donating her money to various charities, and taking the Dixie out of Dixie stampede (because fuck the confederacy) you’d have a harder time convincing ppl to hate oxygen

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        [When being asked if she would be riding one of the new rides at her park ~10 yrs ago] “Oh goodness no, if I got on there parts of me would start flyin’ off!”

        She’s plenty light natured about it.

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        Why does it matter? Why did it matter to OP? FFS her tits not why people love Dolly Parton. Most people anyway.

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        I read some article awhile ago about how she is fiercely protective of her private life and of her husband’s private life, too, but they both still manage to go out in public and have a normal life. IIRC, the article even mentioned that can just walk down the street of her hometown in normal clothes and doesn’t get recognized.

        You don’t need voluminous boobs if you can squish ‘em in the right ways and get them to stay held there. (Witnessed with my own eyes from a friend - similar bra, different cup/band sizes, very different profile.) I would not be the least bit surprised to learn she uses the same tricks, plus the wigs and makeup to keep her personal/private life separate.

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      Don’t forget the checks she cut to every single family affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires a few years ago. $10K PER FAMILY.

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    I don’t know her personally but it seems like Dolly is the type of person that any true christian would strive to emulate.

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    Note that the writer did not apologize for what she said. She only apologized for using Dolly Parton as an example of someone who is “unaligned with God’s vision for humanity”. You know, because she doesn’t tell queer people that they are going to hell just for existing.

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    Anybody talkin’ bad about Dolly gets a good ol’ fashioned ass whoopin’. She’s a national treasure on the level of Mr. Rogers.

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          They hated him because he said that everyone is special, everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and nobody is inadequate. Fox News felt that wasn’t a good message because it made children “soft.”
          Conservatives are awful people.

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            Don’t forget that his “everyone” also included black people, as he illustrated with a segment where he invites his black mailman to share a pool with him and then washes his feet. That really pissed off a lot of “Christians” back in 1969, in post-Civil Rights Act America.

            But then, those “Christians” are still the same way today. Just that they can’t be as overt towards black folks anymore (though some certainly still manage to do so), so they find more acceptable targets.

            As Bon Jovi said, “It’s all the same, only the names will change.”

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              Not only a black man, but a gay black man. Although, he wasn’t out as gay back then. Imagine their heads exploding if that had been known.

              Conservatives are quite the special snowflakes.

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    Ericka, this is what we call a fuck around and find out situation. Dolly Parton is an international treasure; her consistency of standing on principles regarding inclusivity and her open-minded mentality has always been there. “9 To 5” has to be the most popular pro-union song ever made! Cry mad about it more

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        Yeah… it was a joke on the age of presidential nominees and politicians in general in the US, not so much an actual suggestion

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      I think it’s like retirement age, it just goes up the more time passes. By 2040 you’ll actually have to have died and been resurrected by a necromancer before you’re allowing the job.

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      The thing that always bothered me about Disney World (never been to Disney Land so I don’t know if it’s the same) is that it always felt like there were more shops and restaurants than actual attractions. After having been there a few times between school trips and family vacations, I found myself getting bored during the last couple of visits.

      Although I do have issues with depression, so I’m operating from a lower baseline than average, but still - bored in Disney World. It’s just an outdoor mall with a few interesting rides.

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        Definitely the same way with Disneyland, but I think it kind of makes sense because attractions take up a lot more space, so you can’t have as many.

        And Disney has always been about squeezing money out of people.

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          I do still want to go Drinking Around the World in Epcot, though. So they might still end up squeezing a little more cash out of me.

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            I do admit it’s a bit overwhelming to walk past two gift shops to get to a ride, get out of the ride and see that the ride also has a gift shop that you are forced to walk through in order to exit.

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          It should actually be the springs…then absolutely Gatorland…with the best entrance that’s the same since the 90’s at least

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          I had a great time going to that little Disney Springs strip mall in Orlando. Nice shopping, some good restaurants, and no wait lines for overhyped attractions.

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      I used to go there for school trips as a kid. It was always fun and not nearly as expensive as Disney was. Personally, I wouldn’t compare it to Disney as it’s just a completely different class of theme park and it was awesome in its own ways.

      I guess the major caveat is that I haven’t been there in over 20 years, but I seriously doubt the vibe has changed too much.

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      I’ve lived within driving distance of it almost my entire life.

      It’s in her hometown and brings in quite a bit of money for the rural area, however the tourism has changed the town/towns massively, almost like the redneck/hillbilly version of gentrification.

      For example, in that county, there’s 10 times more hotels, cabins, Air B&B’s, for tourists, than their are houses on the market and apartments to rent for locals (I actually have written a few college essays about this). Which has effectively priced out most long-term generational residents, to the point where almost 50% of the county’s labor force comes from outside the county and can’t afford to live inside it.

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          Oh definitely, I’m not blaming Dolly, just saying that as one of the largest draws in the area, (along with the National Park) that she basically is the local economy, which does have its negatives along with its positives.

          The area became a tourist destination long before her too. The tourism industry really started after F.D.R. came to town and established the national park.

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          I’m inclined to agree. The housing crisis is present all across the country, and there’s only one Dollywood. Can’t be responsible for them all.

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      She bought a 50% share in the park in the mid 80’s because it creates jobs & brings in tourist money to the rural area of Tennessee she grew up in.

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    It’s Dolly Parton’s America, that writer just happens to live in it.

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      Is it though? I wish it was Dolly’s America. Sadly, it seems like it’s closer to writer Ericka Anderson’s America, which is why Dolly is so special and such a saint. She’s someone we should all strive to be like and so many don’t even try.

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        She’s someone we should all strive to be like

        Second coming of Jesus confirmed, and as expected, attacked by Christians.

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    I don’t really see how it didn’t end well for the writer, just based on this article. Am I missing something besides like four tweets?

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      It apparently sparked a Twitter shit storm that took over the homophobic bigot’s life and forced them to make their Twitter account private.

      Well-deserved, of course.

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    Strangely, the quote she used had Dolly comparing gays to drunks and drug addicts - which sounds more like it would fit in with a pro-LGBTQ+ writers attack on Dolly. Did she think “oh, Dolly is going soft, gays are much worse than drunks and addicts!”

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      Yeah, it’s a unfortunate framing, but in the context of the interview, Dolly was discussing generally her support for the LGBTQ+ community. She eventually comes back around to a live-and-let-live philosophy, but her comparison belies a troubling foundational belief system.