Despite having a bubbly attitude and disarming charm, Dolly managed to maintain executive power over her career during a time when it was uncommon for women to have substantial careers at all, much less be their own boss. She has managed to find a balance in being feminine and strong, but without the kickback of public opinion that typically deems women with those traits as “bossy” or “stuck-up.” She broke the female celebrity mold while still physically fitting it like a glove: a petite blond with a famously ample bosom that Playboy magazine threw money at for years in an attempt to get a raw view. (By the way, before you try Googling that, let me save you the time: she said no, repeatedly, forever, until they stopped asking.) She may look the part, but Dolly Parton is no bimbo. As a born performer, Dolly’s passion is entertainment; she has the thick skin needed for the industry and she can laugh at herself, but she won’t compromise her morals. She lives her life with religious convictions, and has no problem pointing out hypocrisy in fellow Christians.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Parton was asked about her feelings on the diversity of her fan-base. In her response, not only was she accepting of the LGBT community, she went on to specifically address her disappointment with anti-gay Christians. Dolly explains: “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 see that? She tries to love everybody, but some of you are making that really hard for her, and you ought be ashamed of yourselves. Personally, I try to avoid everybody so I don’t have to worry about probably hating their guts eventually, but if I could will myself to have a more compassionate viewpoint I would totally get a ‘What Would Dolly Do?’ bracelet to distract myself from punching people in their stupid faces every time they shared their dumb opinions. Dolly is nice about it, but she ain’t playin’ with y’all haters, so you best keep your homophobic comments out of Pigeon Forge. I know she said she “will always love you,” but everyone has a limit, and you do not want to provoke whatever mega-breasted equality-advocating sleeping giant that may be lurking in the dark corners of Dollywood.