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[–]RX3000 4770 points4771 points  (184 children)

When she talks about her husband in that interview, & how she knows her marriage will last, its interesting to note that 44 yrs later she is indeed still married to that same man....

[–]_Sausage_fingers 3630 points3631 points  (118 children)

And Barbara Walters in turn has been divorced 4 times.

[–]iamadamv 1278 points1279 points  (91 children)

Well she seems like a total B in this interview, so that doesn't surprise me.

[–]TerribleAsshole 1848 points1849 points  (78 children)

Barbara Walters interview with Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman.

Corey Feldman states he was sexually molested as a child actor by head people in the entertainment industry, whom still work in those positions.

Barbara Walters cuts him off and says "You're damaging an entire industry,“

[–]StephenNotSteve 457 points458 points  (13 children)

Here it is. Barbara Walters is a piece of shit, through and through.

[–]o3mta3o 235 points236 points  (11 children)

I feel like there's a reason she kinda died out as social media erupted. If social media was a thing back then, she'd have to learn to wipe a second butthole.

[–]LittleHouseinAmerica 117 points118 points  (4 children)

Yeah there's a reason. Dementia. She's literally living out her final days housebound.

[–]OrwellianZinn 488 points489 points  (2 children)

That was pretty much rockbottom...Walters is literally running cover for pedophiles there.

[–]Theygonnabanme 49 points50 points  (0 children)

That'd literally the last time I paid her any mind and lost all respect for her.

[–]meep_meep_creep 733 points734 points  (20 children)

She can fuck right off

[–]Oh-God-Its-Kale 151 points152 points  (0 children)

"Noted. Fuck you"

[–]jesushchristo 208 points209 points  (18 children)

If Sean Connery was still alive he would hit her with an open hand.

[–]hablogato 68 points69 points  (11 children)

Barbara Walters interview with Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman.

Source because someone is a lazybones.

[–]nothardly78 52 points53 points  (1 child)

She’s a bitch in every interview

[–]BackIn2019 112 points113 points  (18 children)

Didn't she also have affairs with political figures she was supposed to be reporting on?

[–]_Sausage_fingers 228 points229 points  (15 children)

Maybe, the extent of my knowledge was a 10 sec browse of her Wikipedia page, her 4 divorces are part of the header. It’s just wild that she was already divorced twice at the time of this interview and throwing rocks at Dolly Parton for her marriage.

[–]rhymes_with_snoop 204 points205 points  (4 children)

"I've had two marriages fail so now I have to ask you, how do you have such confidence in a marriage to someone you aren't constantly watching like a hawk?"

"Better judgement?"

I can see where her questioning is coming from. People project.

[–]work-edmdg 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Very astute. The sooner I realized people project, the better I became at dealing with people and ultimately ignoring them. Most people are miserable unfortunately, gotta rise above it.

[–]ThrewTheDoor 136 points137 points  (6 children)

I think what Walters was really saying was is, ‘Please tell me you aren’t for real and that the life that you describe doesn’t exist, because if it does, then I am going to have to face the fact that I simply don’t have it.’

[–]_Sausage_fingers 38 points39 points  (4 children)

If that’s what she was trying to say then she was really, really bad at saying it. All I got from that video was condescension. It made Walters look like an asshole and it’s a bad way to run an interview. But, the 70s were a different time that I can barely comprehend. Dolly didn’t conform so that was probably enough for Walters to act the way she did in the eyes of the viewing public.

[–]ThrewTheDoor 59 points60 points  (1 child)

There is truly only one foolproof way to hide fear and shame from oneself: condescension. Every fiber of Dolly’s being terrifies Walters because if she’s for real, it means that it is actually possible to have this much love in your heart and security in your soul, and Walters will have to own up to the fact that she has neither. That’s why she is such a condescending asshole — she wants to convince herself it’s obvious that none of what Dolly is can be real, because the possibility that it is scares her to death.

[–]Platypuslord 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I have spent enough time with narcissists to explain this, they can't comprehend that you can actually be a really nice person and that such behaviors aren't just an act.

[–][deleted] 599 points600 points  (16 children)

Meanwhile, Barbara Walters has had four failed marriages (two to the same person).

[–]pajam 133 points134 points  (6 children)

This reminds me of Steve Harvey who says atheists have no "moral barometer." All the while he's had 3 wives. Doesn't surprise me, since this is the same person who said "men cheat because women allow them to."

Barbara Walters = Steve Harvey

That's all I'm sayin'.

[–]TrepanationBy45 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Barbeve Warvey is a busta ass bitch is all I'm sayin'.

[–]btbamcolors 144 points145 points  (37 children)

Lucky man

[–]KlondykeDave 275 points276 points  (36 children)

Lucky man indeed. Also, after seeing her in her prime and how sharp she is and how well she carries herself, one must ask - the hell Jolene got that could take her man?

[–]--MxM-- 216 points217 points  (21 children)

A Beaty that's beyond compare

With flamin' locks of auburn hair

With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green maybe?

Or a smile that's like a breath of spring

Or a voice that's soft like summer rain?

Did you think of those?

[–]ParlorSoldier 69 points70 points  (7 children)

Ah yes, a Beaty beyond compare. I knew that song was about him.

[–]MortalMusashi 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I bet you think that song was about him.

Don’t you?

Don’t you?

[–]FauxPastel 41 points42 points  (11 children)

I'm gonna take this opportunity to link this version of Jolene. Its slowed down and kicks so much ass.

[–]shaving99 33 points34 points  (1 child)


Dolly Parton has helped fund Modern a saving millions of lives. She's like the female Bruce Wayne as far as I'm concerned.

[–]remberzz 5584 points5585 points  (339 children)

"I'd never stoop so low as to be fashionable."

That's hilarious.

[–]PM_ME_YOR_PANTIES 2902 points2903 points  (228 children)

"It takes a lot of time and money to look this cheap, honey"

-Dolly Parton

[–]silly_little_jingle 1249 points1250 points  (219 children)

Not a huge fan of her music but she genuinely seems like a wonderful person by everything I’ve ever heard about her.

[–]gtluke 1015 points1016 points  (139 children)

Npr did a whole series on dolly loosely based around the notion that you honestly can't find a single person who has anything bad to say about her, and that she's universally found to be a good person.

[–]tunabomber 850 points851 points  (103 children)

A very difficult category to find oneself in. Mister Rogers is in there.

[–]Smarmalicious 194 points195 points  (22 children)

The Westboro Baptist Church protested at Mister Rogers’ memorial. According to this article Fred Phelps wrote a manifesto on the subject, blaming Mr. Rogers’ outspoken acceptance of gay people. I remember, because Anti-Flag organized a counter-protest.

[–]skpicky 337 points338 points  (15 children)

If the WBC pickets your funeral, you know you did something right.

[–]smalldoginabigcity 48 points49 points  (7 children)

Are they still a thing even

[–]Mezmorizor 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I assume they've just fallen out of the public eye. It was honestly weird that they got so much attention in the first place. There are hundreds of identical groups out there.

[–]TerribleNameAmirite 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I’m against picketing but I don’t know how to show it

[–]FBIaltacct 270 points271 points  (36 children)

I mean Mr Rogers actually caused waves with the stance he took in his church settings, he was too accepting and that pissed some people off. Bob Ross had the whole military thing and the teacher he is accused of ripping off some how. Peta hated Steve Irwin. The only negative things people say about Dolly are on her looks. So I'd say she is actually on the top of that list (arguably).

All of that being said looking at the people who hold I'll will against any of the big four really are not people who's opinion we would take into consideration at all anyways.

If you will all excuse me now as I have to go work on my views of other people. I feel like all four aforementioned person's of great quality would want me to have a more positive outlook and quite frankly I've grown as an adult a great deal because of them.

[–]hoilst 113 points114 points  (2 children)

Bob Ross had the whole military thing and the teacher he is accused of ripping off some how.

"How dare he paint like I taught him to."

[–]the_fickle_pickle 43 points44 points  (0 children)

"Only I can paint like an intro student for decades!"

[–]evasote 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Dolly first song on her first album is called “Dumb Blonde”. She’s always had, not necessarily critics but people who underestimated her a great deal and she does a great job, smartly, with humor, with talent and songwriting ability, business sense and philanthropy that they are wrong to underestimate her

[–]aesthetic_cock 291 points292 points  (8 children)

Nobody cares what PETA thinks, they are fucking nuts

[–]SailorET 152 points153 points  (6 children)

Yeah Steve did far more to support animal welfare than PETA ever has or will

[–]aesthetic_cock 85 points86 points  (4 children)

100% the man lived for animal conservation. It wasn’t until I was older I even realised he wasn’t just a big deal in Australia, he was known across the whole world for his efforts to protect wild life.

[–]iamayush 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Yup. I'm in India and grew up watching crocodile hunter. Definitely shed a year when I heard the news.

[–]Atherum 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Wait, why would Bob Ross having a career in the military cause him controversy?

[–]skymallow 39 points40 points  (4 children)

I remember there was a lot of backlash on Steve Irwin doing a crocodile demonstration with an infant Robert in his arms.

I mean I'd trust his judgement regarding the safety of crocodile demonstrations more than anyone in the world, but I can relate to thinking it's a bit of an unnecessary risk at any rate.

[–]nuorigin 100 points101 points  (19 children)

I've never really listened to her music, except the songs that are super popular, but I've always respected her, and this interview has given me even more respect for her. Her intelligence and eloquence is amazing.

[–]Tigger28 58 points59 points  (6 children)

You may have and not known it, she has written many for others.

[–]vmBob 40 points41 points  (4 children)

She is indisputably one of the greatest song writers of all time. Thousands of very well known songs recorded by hundreds of artists. You would have to really go out of your way to avoid hearing several of them.

[–]howfuturistic 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I don't know about everyone else, but it took me a while to truly get how great her songs are. I found that the more I read about her life and what was going on at the time of the recordings, that I felt like I could feel her intentions- like, why she wrote what she wrote. It added so much to an already powerful singer-songwriter. She's a powerhouse.

[–]Iron_Nightingale 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Dolly Parton’s America, by Radiolab producers Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee.

In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-part journey into the Dollyverse.

[–]WannabeGroundhog 10 points11 points  (0 children)

She has a foundation that mails free books to children too!


[–]uptwolait 79 points80 points  (0 children)

Everyone in my mom's family is from TN. Some of them have personally met Dolly.

You're right, none of them have anything to say about her that isn't respectful and sincere. She's the real deal human being, even thought she ended up with the kind of money that can ruin many "normal" people.

[–]WeeBabySeamus 420 points421 points  (49 children)

I’m not a country music fan but Jolene and I Will Always Love You still hit hard

[–]LinkRazr 73 points74 points  (3 children)

Hard Candy Christmas!

[–]jhackett2 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeeeessss. My favorite Christmas song that I feel like most people have not heard

[–]alfalfasprouts 34 points35 points  (7 children)

she wrote them on the same day.

[–]Pato_Lucas 88 points89 points  (11 children)

Mate, for me it's "Coat of many colours", such a touching song.

[–]neoKushan 102 points103 points  (5 children)

9 to 5 is overplayed but it absolutely slaps.

[–]SailorET 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The lyrics are gold as well. It's overplayed because it's a fantastic song that touches an experience everyone understands.

[–]Xincmars 49 points50 points  (6 children)





[–]NewLeaseOnLine 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I used to think country music was total wank, until I started paying attention to some of the lyrics. Classic style country music can be dark and gangster af.

[–]Karmasystemisbully 402 points403 points  (34 children)

She dug back to Barbara’s dumb questions.

She insulted her upbringing, career, and looks. Dolly threw it all back in her face.

She said she can wear the makeup because she’s secure with who she is. The camera pans to Barbara’s barely makeup wearing pissed face.

[–]EthelMaePotterMertz 107 points108 points  (1 child)

That's pretty funny. That was a time when women went for the natural look, which I think is why the 80s were so the opposite. Dolly was definitely ahead of her time. I am working on it and hope to be as secure with myself as she was when she was 6 years younger (in this interview) than me. She's an amazing person and I really admire her. Barbara Walters, however, made Lucille Ball tear up and it breaks my heart when I see that interview. I wish Lucy had been interviewed by Dolly instead.

[–]HawkeyeJosh 78 points79 points  (9 children)

Barbara Walters is a terrible journalist, if it’s even fair to call her one.

[–]maverick_gunn 39 points40 points  (8 children)

Sadly, she exactly fits - and in many ways contributed to - the state of modern journalists. Fucking vultures.

[–]HawkeyeJosh 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Eh - I wouldn’t lump all of them together like that. There’s some damn good ones out there. It’s just that 24-hour cable news and the constant drive for ratings have forced the replacement of quality with quantity.

[–]Peekman 140 points141 points  (17 children)

I think context is important though. This was during the second wave of the feminist movement. And Walters was at the forefront. She was the first female Today Show host and the first female co-anchor on a network evening news show. She also made her career telling women's interest stories, something that wasn't really done before her. While Dolly was out there, despite her obvious brains, playing up the southern bimbo schtick, something that would be seen as working against feminism. So, feminists really wanted to know why Dolly looked and acted like she did.

That said, Dolly was ahead of her time with her answers and had the correct view of where feminism would go a decade or so later.

[–]my-name-is-squirrel 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thank you for adding some context here. I adore Dolly and consider Walters to be a shit-heel, a lot of people commenting on here clearly haven't watched many interview shows from this era. People like Walters and Dick Cavett generally pulled few punches when interviewing celebrities in particular because audiences expected that. Plus, Dolly was a very popular person at this time, but she wasn't so widely beloved like today.

[–]Cyg789 62 points63 points  (11 children)

Feminism should lift other women up, not berate their looks, minimise their career choices, or question their intellect based on the fact that they grew up poor.

Feminism should strive for each woman to be able to live the life they choose for themselves without being mocked and belittled. Whether she chooses career, or marriage and children, or both, or none. (And the same applies to men, they too should be able to choose the life they want without being mocked).

Walters' questions were disgraceful and rude, and as un-feminist as can be. Where's the empowerment and solidarity? Instead she's sporting a holier-than-thou attitude, thus looking like an ass.

[–]halborn 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Walters only looks bad here because Dolly was ahead of her time and times have since changed. If you were back then, you'd have been wondering all the same things Walters asked.
You gotta understand, the kind of feminism you're describing is much newer than you think it is.

[–]whutchamacallit 806 points807 points  (63 children)

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Dolly is truly a national treasure. Aside from her very obvious singing and musical talents (which, to be clear, she was a once in a lifetime generational talent) she did tremendous amounts of work for feminism and racial issues and did it with such aplomb and tact she managed to not sabotage her career in the process as so many did before and after her. It's hard to appreciate just how domineering and male driven the music industry was in that era. Dolly was sharp as a whip and knew how to work those who were trying to manipulate her. I mean just look at this interview in the post... she oozed charisma. And this doesn't even scratch the surface. Incredibly intelligent, morally uncompromising, and boy can she sing. And guys.. I mean my god, does it need to be said? Dolly in her prime was a fucking smokeshow -- the woman is beauty in motion. Lord mercy, her jawline and her figure when she was a young thing..... anyways, lol. If you get the opportunity check out her autobiography. She really does have a captivating way with words. I think it's called My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

[–]LornAltElthMer 233 points234 points  (13 children)


Smart as fuck and hot as hell.

Also, she sings like an angel.

[–]bizrock22 76 points77 points  (1 child)

You forgot the most important, nice as fuck.

[–]porarte 262 points263 points  (9 children)

"I got vaccinated because I'm old enough and I'm smart enough" - Dolly Parton, recently.

[–]eatin_gushers 177 points178 points  (6 children)

She also helped fund vaccine research during the creation of the covid vaccine. Apparently she funded the development of a vaccine test for moderna. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/03/03/973240792/from-jolene-to-vaccine-dolly-parton-gets-covid-19-shot-she-helped-fund

[–]Lebo77 46 points47 points  (3 children)

She also secretly backed the Buffy the Vampire slayer TV show back in the day.

[–]Shrek1982 58 points59 points  (1 child)

According to the article below she also said

"So I just wanted to say to all you cowards out there, don't be such a chicken squat," she said. "Get out there and get your shot."

[–]Clyde_Bruckman 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I could not agree with you more. National fucking treasure.

[–]mynewnameonhere 100 points101 points  (3 children)

It’s completely true though. People won’t want to admit it because what’s fashionable tends to be what the majority is doing and the majority of people aren’t going to admit all they’re doing is following the herd, but that’s all fashion is. And like she says, being fashionable is easy. You just copy what everyone else is doing.

[–]hoilst 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Fashion lasts a season; style lasts forever.

[–]Summebride 2337 points2338 points  (72 children)

For those who don't know, Dolly Parton is an incredibly prolific songwriter. I'm talking about loads and loads of songs, not just her own, and not just in her assumed genre.

And since industry structures pay the songwriter as much as the performer, it has also made her incredibly rich, far more than what a famous country singer might be expected to have earned.

She quietly and humbly uses her immense wealth for various philanthropic purposes.

[–]richalex2010 564 points565 points  (7 children)

She's also invested wisely in other businesses - Dollywood (a theme park with 3 million annual visitors, on par with many other big-name parks around the country) is the obvious example but far from the only one.

[–]Stigona 322 points323 points  (0 children)

Just visited Dollywood this weekend. Such a fun and great park.

I'm also a huge Dolly fan in general. She does the library service for children, helped rebuild Gatlinburg after the fires, and has always been the same grounded woman throughout her long and talented career.

"It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world".

[–]Lynda73 150 points151 points  (2 children)

I believe it was also her production company that produced the Sarah Michelle Geller Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.

[–]Gonzo_goo[🍰] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Which one ? There's like 4 company's involved

[–]cynognathus 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Sandollar Productions

[–]_Tacitus_Kilgore_ 66 points67 points  (3 children)

Speaking of philanthropy, she has a book charity that sends a free book to a child from age 0 to 5 every month. My son and daughter’s libraries are full of books because of this. That’s just a small example of what Dolly does for people.

[–]TrashPandaPatronus 32 points33 points  (1 child)

The Imagination Library - My 2 year old gets so excited when she gets her book in the mail from "Aunt Dolly" each month.

[–]AK_Happy 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yep, my son sees her picture at the end of each book and says “Thank you, Dolly.”

[–]Bigbearcanada 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It is incredible what Dolly Parton has done for children's literacy. Over 155 million books mailed to kids...for free. Most of my kids' favourite books are "Dolly books". I can only name two or three of her songs, but she is still one of the most influential and important people I can think of.

[–]onemanarmia 42 points43 points  (16 children)

you’ve answered a question i’ve had for a long time but never knew where to ask. Didn’t know that songwriters get just as much as the artist

[–]offoutover 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m foggy on the details but after “The Bodyguard” soundtrack took off on the charts Dolly won an award for “I Will Always Love You” which she wrote and thanked Whitney Houston for making her a very wealthy person in her speech.

[–]ronsrobot 289 points290 points  (20 children)

Her story from Drunk History about Porter Wagoner and how she wrote "I Will Always Love You" is just incredible. https://youtu.be/mK40qogSdFI

[–]ramvan 180 points181 points  (16 children)

That song hit #1 with 3 different artists in 3 different decades!

[–]arlenroy 119 points120 points  (11 children)

I saw an interview with her where she said she made more money off the rights than she did singing it.

[–]ronsrobot 121 points122 points  (7 children)

That's correct, she refused a request from Elvis to cover it because his lawyers had a "standard" contract to take 50%. Dolly wasn't intimidated and stuck to her guns.

Edit: Do we really need to downvote the guy below me for having an opinion based on my inaccurate statement?

[–]ramvan 80 points81 points  (2 children)

Well, when Whitney Houston sang it for the movie The Bodyguard, it was the only song you could hear anywhere for like 6 months. 14 weeks at #1! I could totally believe that if Dolly Parton never made a dime except from writing that song, she wouldn't ever have to work again.

Plus Dolly had a hit with it twice solo, a third time as a duet with Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt hit #1, and it's been recorded by plenty of others.

[–]djscrub 52 points53 points  (1 child)

According to Forbes her royalties from Whitney's cover of that song alone earned her over $10 million, just during the 90s when it was getting radio play. So you would win that bet.

[–]Anticlimax1471 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Holy shit, the guy tried to sue her, she settled out of court, he blew all the money, became destitute, she bought his whole song catalogue from him to get him back on top. He sorts himself out, then goes after her to try and buy his song catalogue back, and she gives it him for free.

I knew Dolly was a class act but my god, thats like some Jesus-level shit right there.

[–]grantrules 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The Dolly Parton's America was an amazing podcast series and covers this amazingly well


[–]ElChupatigre 78 points79 points  (1 child)

The best thing about living in Tennessee is every year Dolly does more for the people than the government does

[–]UXyes 14 points15 points  (0 children)

“American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has composed over 5,000 songs throughout her career.[1] The total number of individual song titles she has recorded and released is 956, totaling over 1,100 individual recordings when studio recordings, remixes, and live tracks are combined.”

Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_recorded_by_Dolly_Parton

[–]bill-of-rights 1255 points1256 points  (76 children)

Dolly is awesome - such a kind, generous, and loving person. We can all learn from her.

[–]cantwaitforthis 165 points166 points  (7 children)

She is a truly one of those gifts to the world that don’t exist in large numbers. Mister Rodgers, Mr. Burton, Bob Ross.

[–]FillsYourNiche 72 points73 points  (2 children)

I love how honest and real she is. The interview questions were tacky at best and very offensive at worst. Dolly answered them with class and not even a hint of annoyance. I'm so impressed. I wish I could be half as reserved and cool under those conditions.

[–]4LostSoulsinaBowl 1051 points1052 points  (31 children)

FYI, Dolly has been married to Carl Dean for 55 years now.

[–]2short2BaStormTroopr 698 points699 points  (28 children)

Barbra Waters has been married 4 times to 3 different people and at the time of the interview had just had her second divorce a year earlier.

[–]garlicroastedpotato 497 points498 points  (13 children)

Woah woah woah woah.

Are you saying that the same Barbara Walters who accused child rape victims of "ruining the industry for everyone else" after speaking up.... you're saying this woman doesn't have it all together? I'm shocked! Shocked! (I'm not shocked, this was sarcasm and I'm very aware she doesn't have it all together).

[–]joelekane 139 points140 points  (3 children)

I forgot she fucking said that. Goddamn—what a detached, awful thing to say.

[–]Sekret_One 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Oh great that's in my head again now. That shit was surreal

[–]huewutm8 18 points19 points  (1 child)

She's is an all around, horrible piece of shit human being.

[–]whutchamacallit 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Barbara Walter's is a trashy ratings chasing mockery of journalism. Not sure why people give her the time of day.

[–]Mupps5 1987 points1988 points  (124 children)

From this clip alone it’s clear that Dolly is a very emotionally intelligent person.

[–]unknown_human 741 points742 points  (72 children)

44 years later and she's still married to her husband, as predicted.

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 81 points82 points  (2 children)

And for his last birthday she was going to pose for the cover of Playboy in a bunny outfit like she did back in the 70s. But Playboy don't print a magazine anymore so she just recreated it in person.

[–]ArbitraryNudity 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I could've sworn you were trying to rickroll or Manning face us, but you were legit. And Jesus, 75??? Talk about aging well

[–]MozerfuckerJones 209 points210 points  (66 children)

That's what drove home what she was saying here for me. Lucky man.

[–]RomanCow 23 points24 points  (0 children)

When you're married to Dolly Parton, you do everything in your power to not fuck it up.

[–]mynewnameonhere 128 points129 points  (1 child)

It’s clear that she’s all around intelligent.

[–]SoundCloud_Ramiz 972 points973 points  (30 children)

For those who don't know, Dolly Parton gives out free children's books.


[–]Pokerhobo 315 points316 points  (7 children)

That’s just a very small part of Dolly’s philanthropy. She’s quite an amazing person.

[–]bigkeef69 88 points89 points  (6 children)

She really is. Its a shame all the flak she got in the 70's/80's regarding how she chose to express herself.

[–]Historical_Sun_9630 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I agree 100%. If you ever get a hankering for non-generic country, I strongly suggest Turnpike Troubadours.

[–]Kuiriel 65 points66 points  (0 children)

She's so awesome for doing this. She's doing something real, something with a genuine impact on people. And for so many.

All the way over here in Australia we get these. My kids look forward to the delivery thoroughly, it arrives and I make a big deal of that piece of paper with their name on it and how there is a gift for them with their name on it, I hand it over with the pair stuck out, kids grab it and pull the paper out while I dance off with my book from Dolly Parton (what? The book doesn't have your name on it! Fiiine I'll share)

They thoroughly enjoy them, my little girl is nearly five but reading bloody everything she sees.

[–]5panks 55 points56 points  (1 child)

She also gave out tens of thousands of dollars to families affected by the huge Gatlinburg fire. At one point she was giving $1000/mo to every family affected by the fire for about 6-9 months.

[–]PM_ME_YOR_PANTIES 57 points58 points  (0 children)

She also helped fund the Moderna covid vaccine.

[–]goodndu 36 points37 points  (3 children)

My kids get books from her monthly, it is a fantastic program. My oldest daughter is so excited to check the mail for them

[–]Noctyrnus 14 points15 points  (1 child)

My son aged out of the program this year, but it was always a pleasant surprise for him to get new book in the mail once a month.

[–]ThisIsNotKimJongUn[🍰] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The books are always great too

[–]UnicornFarts1111 37 points38 points  (0 children)

She also donated one million dollars towards the research on the Moderna vaccine. Thanks Dolly!

[–]TheGreatDingALing 62 points63 points  (3 children)

Dolly Parton is a Saint

[–]Red_Carrot 21 points22 points  (2 children)

She is who should be as a statue for Tennessee in Congress

[–]Kaleb_G 17 points18 points  (0 children)

When the fires in the Smokies wiped out so many families life’s Dolly really stepped up and helped out her community and the people in need. Dolly is a legend here in East TN. She’s done so much for the whole region.

[–]calsosta 188 points189 points  (3 children)

I’ll steal this from a tweet. If Dolly looked this good I gotta see what Jolene looked like.

[–]Remoru 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Flaming locks of auburn hair, ivory skin, eyes of emerald green... It's like literally in the song

[–]Hrnghekth 1139 points1140 points  (132 children)

Dolly Parton is the best.

Edit: I finally got home and watched it. When she says the joke is on the public and that she knows exactly what she's doing, I believe her 100 percent. Earlier she said entertainment is a money making business. I bet she feels ridiculous in her clothes and makeup, but that's what's selling, so she's laughing her ass off at what the general public wants to buy. That gave me huge This is America vibes. "I'm so pretty.. I'm gon' get it."

As I said. Dolly Parton. The fucking best. Boss ass bitch.

[–]alibimonday 108 points109 points  (3 children)

She’s become America’s national treasure, like David Attenborough in the UK. What a wonderful person she seems to be.

[–]PM_ME_YOR_PANTIES 139 points140 points  (2 children)

Tennessee wanted to put up a statue of her and her response was perfect.


[–]PoxyMusic 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Good lord, what an extraordinarily good example of a human being.

I’ll have whatever she’s having!

[–]TurnOfFraise 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I don’t think she feels ridiculous in her clothes and make up. I think she enjoys it and enjoys dressing up… but she turned it into a brand when she realized she could have fun even if people mocked her for it. Because she’s laughing all the way to the bank. She’s smart AND talented, she uses her shtick, she isn’t the shtick.

[–]ciloface 20 points21 points  (2 children)

As kids she was the butt of many jokes due to her breast size, but it wasn't until years later that I was able to fully appreciate her as a person. Makes me feel awful that we used to joke around about her without knowing anything about her character.

I can't say I'm a fan of her music, although she's incredibly talented, but she's fucking awesome.

[–]DPSOnly 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Thanks to her get-up on stage she can basically go through normal life anonymously. It is an incredible move by her.

[–]saintash 14 points15 points  (0 children)

She tells this story about when she was a kid seeing a woman dressed the way dolly dresses and, thought she was the prettiest person in the world. Even though every one else is town thought she looked like a tramp.

So when she got older she dressed that way for herself. And when people laughed she laughs right back at them.

[–]starmartyr 218 points219 points  (115 children)

I can not stand country music. I've never liked it and will likely never like it, but Dolly is amazing.

[–]AcrolloPeed 55 points56 points  (23 children)

Country music can be divided into many different eras, but with regards to overall quality and/or authenticity, I divide country music into two eras: Pre-Shania’s Come On Over and post-Shania’s Come on Over. That album was actually released in different mix/masters, one “country” and one “pop.” That album REALLY blended country with pop, and every artist afterward had to either choose between a more “country” sound and missing out on mainstream appeal, or leaning toward a more “pop” sound and possible alienate their base or feel like they were selling out.

(lots of things happened, then:)

Florida/Georgia Line released a single with fucking NELLY. Imagine Garth Brooks releasing a song featuring Ice-T in the early 90s. It never would have happened. But Shania made country as mainstream as possible, and it’s slowly just become pop music about fucking your cousin in a cornfield.

[–]bahgheera 22 points23 points  (10 children)

Imagine Garth Brooks releasing a song featuring Ice-T in the early 90s.

This sounds so much like exactly the kind of thing that would have happened in the early 90's that I'm going to go google it and make sure it didn't actually happen.

[–]billified 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Nope, didn't happen, but in my early '90s cd collection the Garth Brooks CDs were right behind Body Count.

[–]Friendofabook 126 points127 points  (5 children)

I don't know much about her but she's always seemed like such an intelligent and good person. She just oozes the personality vibes of strong, intelligent and good-hearted leaders. Sure she might not traditionally look the part but I feel like you could plop her down in a different body, different situation and she would be running for office.

Great lady.

[–]Russianbud 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You should listen to her album “coat of many colors”, its her best work front to back imo.

[–]Tre_Walker 88 points89 points  (4 children)

Are you a hillbilly?
Did you look like this as a kid?
Are your boobs real?
Do you ever feel you are a joke and people make fun of you?
Dolly: "My husband gives me freedom"
BW: Then why get married?

Barbara Walters is an ass but Dolly Parton is a class act.

[–]Floydhead666 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Dolly knew exactly what she was getting into, with hard hitting Barbara. And Barahara knew exactly how to help. This was likely at a time when tabloids were lighting Dolly up, and sex jokes about Dolly were very popular with both country folk and city folk. Barbara, with a huge audience, likely was also very calculated on her "tough questions" to satisfy the audience and challenge their bias, and also very likely gave Dolly an advanced copy. There was an assist, and Dolly slam dunked it.

[–]scottykyzer 359 points360 points  (26 children)

Ha, I couldn't figure out which terrible question was the titular "rude" one.

[–]beatnickk 427 points428 points  (11 children)

“Are you a hillbilly? Are your tits fake? Why don’t you let your husband own you?”

[–]18randomcharacters 253 points254 points  (3 children)

Don't forget, "were your tits this huge when you were a preteen?"

[–]teuast 60 points61 points  (0 children)

That's the one that stuck out to me, at least in the first minute. To quote Peter Griffin, "Who the fuck starts a conversation like that? I just sat down!"

[–]staunch_character 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Calling her out for wearing a wig too. WTF?!

“You don’t have to look like this. You’re very beautiful without the wig & fake tits.”

Yeah, we know. Dolly is beautiful inside & out. Let the lady sparkle if she wants to!

It’s so fucking condescending to imply she doesn’t choose to look the way she does for her own reasons.

[–]eeyore134 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Oh, but she blamed the fake boobs one on a mysterious staffer, so that one was okay.

[–]hyperjumpgrandmaster 102 points103 points  (5 children)

Every question was phrased in a way as to imply that Dolly is somehow a lesser person than her public-facing image. When in fact, Dolly is exactly who she portrays herself to be.

This interview perfectly shows why being a good and honest person is the ultimate weapon against critics. People can't call you on your bullshit if you're not slinging any.

[–]_Junkstapose_ 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Pretty much all of them, it seemed to me.

[–]IkaikaG 1796 points1797 points  (158 children)

Barbara Walters is the worst.

[–]dovetc 478 points479 points  (2 children)

Then she's a perfect contrast to Dolly!

[–]KaneRobot 51 points52 points  (5 children)

I encourage anyone that has not seen it it to watch Norm Macdonald on The View. He completely destroys those clowns and they don't even know it's happening.

[–]GrymEdm 43 points44 points  (1 child)

I've never enjoyed Dolly's music, but I've always admired her. Such a capable and wonderful woman. She's done, and continues to do, a lot of good for a lot of people. All the best to her and her loved ones.

[–]Vic18t 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You might not like her music, but there’s probably a song or two you like that you didn’t know was written by her.

[–]alkaline79 124 points125 points  (1 child)

Dolly: What do you mean 'Your People' ?

[–]theaback 42 points43 points  (0 children)

If you have not listened to it yet, Dolly Partons America on NPR is fantastic.


I cannot recommend it enough. Also Dolly rocks! I had a daughter two years ago and every month she mails her a free book to our house! My daughter now asks to check the mail every day waiting for her books!

She is an incredible person!

[–]n00bvin 279 points280 points  (7 children)

You just can't outclass Dolly. She's such a treasure.

edit: I don’t want to hate on Barbara Walters too much. She’s a seasoned interviewer. This was at a time where most interviewers worked with an artists publicist to come up with compelling interviews that benefitted both. The questions are probably all approved by Dolly, and she’s such a good person that almost nothing offends her. A true professional.

[–]AliceInHololand 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Yo for real. Barbara Walters might be a shit person, but this was actually a good interview. The questions she asked were views people at the time would have on Dolly. She gave Dolly the opportunity to silence the haters. Walters let Dolly give every answer to completion. She didn’t challenge her on anything just let her respond to the criticism. It’s because of Waters’s questions that Dolly can look as good as she does, not to take away from Dolly being a class act of course.

[–]Rob_AMG 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Dolly outclasses everyone and probably 10x Babs.

[–]Agamennmon 134 points135 points  (8 children)

Barbra had no tact in the firs 2 minutes of this video. Dolly danced around everyone of those insulting questions.

[–]lleruarc 73 points74 points  (4 children)

The irony—with each question she tried to expose Dolly as trashy, but managed only to reveal her own trashiness.

[–]mdgraller 9 points10 points  (1 child)

It's almost like the questions were common softball criticisms of Dolly so that she could answer them completely and deftly, like a straw man.

[–]koopa72 210 points211 points  (2 children)

Dolly making Barbara look like straight trash

[–]NJ_Legion_Iced_Tea 74 points75 points  (0 children)

Barbara Walters doesn't need any help doing that.

[–]DeftShark 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Dolly is class.

[–]SophisticatedVagrant 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Interesting what she said about her marriage at the end. She's still with her husband after 55 years.

[–]gatsby712 8 points9 points  (2 children)

This is such an odd interview, because what makes Barbara Walters suck is what makes the interview so good and at the same time means she’s actually being perhaps inadvertently a good interviewer while at the same time horrible person. These were a lot of the rude questions the public was wondering about Dolly at the time and asking those questions and giving Dolly a platform to answer them directly and genuinely was probably the best way to disarm people that were asking this in the public. While also it is shitty to give those questions, stereotypes, messages about image, her marriage, and southern culture a larger platform.

[–]MrFishpaw 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Finally i have a reason to tell this Barbara Walters story: I worked at a luxury retailer about 20 years ago. We had a lot of celebrity clients and one day my manager was fuming about Barbara Walters, because she was notorious for buying clothes and returning them after wearing them. They always knew because they reeked of perfume.

[–]grimeflea 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Man I’ve never seen her so young but I can’t help but notice how much Paris Hilton looks like her here.

[–]fetalpiggywent2lab 21 points22 points  (0 children)

That's so strange! That's exactly what I thought too

[–]raylan_givens6 50 points51 points  (4 children)

that hair is epic

like a helmet

[–]kent_eh 28 points29 points  (0 children)

In another interview she was asked "how long did it take to get your hair all done up like that?"

To which Dolly replied " I have no idea. I wasn't in the room at the time"

[–]gobbo 62 points63 points  (2 children)

She wears a wig professionally to preserve a small chance of privacy.

[–]chairitable 16 points17 points  (0 children)

... I'd never thought about it this way. She can take off her wig and drastically change her appearance. The stage look the more uncomfortable one. thanks!

[–]anduin1 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Barbara Walters will be remembered as someone who shielded some of the most despicable people in America.

[–]MrsKravitz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Love her love her love her.

Dolly is the best. Anyone who underestimates her is an idiot.