Dolly Parton is done playing games with the Democrats and other political types. And she just sent a stern message to Elizabeth Warren.
Dolly has a razor-sharp wit to go along with her musical talents and her many charitable works. Remember all that money Dolly raised after those fires a few years ago to say nothing of the millions she has raised for child literacy? She is a national treasure to be sure.
She has always made a point of standing above politics and rarely ever chooses a side in public. And she is not happy with Liz Warren is using her hit song at campaign rallies.
From Fox News: When Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced her presidential run, she did so underscored by Dolly Parton’s working-class anthem “9 to 5.” The song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake.
The only problem is that the artist didn’t give her permission to use the hit.
Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell, revealed that not only did Warren use the song without permission, but that the singer doesn’t ever allow her songs to be involved with any political campaigns.
“We did not approve the request, and we do not approve requests like this of (a) political nature,” Nozell told The Associated Press.
Nozell, CEO of CTK Management, did not respond to a question about whether Parton’s team might register any formal complaint about Warren’s use of the song, which she played during a Friday town hall meeting in New York City.
Parton is notorious for keeping both her music and herself out of politics. Following an appearance at the 2017 Emmys alongside “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, the two bashed President Trump live on stage. Parton lightened the mood, saying: “Well, I know about support,” the country legend said pointing at her chest.
“I don’t voice my political opinions,” she told Fox News at the time. “I just get out there and entertain. To me, that’s what I do. I don’t condemn them.”
She elaborated in a recent interview with The Guardian saying:
“I’ve got as many Republican friends as I’ve got Democrat friends and I just don’t like voicing my opinion on things. I’ve seen things before, like the Dixie Chicks. You can ruin a career for speaking out,” she said.
“I respect my audience too much for that, I respect myself too much for that. Of course I have my own opinions, but that don’t mean I got to throw them out there because you’re going to piss off half the people.
If Parton escalates the matter, there’s no shortage of precedent: The late Tom Petty reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., over the use of his song “American Girl” in her 2011 campaign, and former President George W. Bush got a similar letter from Petty over his choice of the singer’s “I Won’t Back Down” during the 2000 campaign.