An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

This is a fantastic post that caught my eye the other day. It shows that looks can be deceptive and that you should never judge a book by its cover.

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Dear Dolly,

10040291_300x300I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist, and your syrupy-sweet southern accent to sell yourself and your brand as a country singer. Granted, I was raised in the Midwest and lived as an adult for many years in the Northeast. I didn’t get you, much less the South.

For example, I’d heard about your origins as a poor girl from the hills of East Tennessee, and when I learned you’d created a theme park in your native Sevier County I rolled my eyes. “Really, a theme park?” I thought. “As if rollercoasters will really help the people of rural Appalachia. Why not create something truly useful to give back to your community, like a library.”

Oh.

You have created a library, actually, and possibly in a bigger and more magical…

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11 thoughts on “An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

  1. I saw Dolly Parton in concert a few years back and it was one of the most interesting and entertaining ways you could spend two hours. Every song had a reason why it was written which she talked about, most of course from her life (country music is about life after all), she played numerous instruments during the show and has a wicked (often self-effacing) sense of humour. You came away feeling like you had been educated and not just been to a concert.

    Amazing lady with such an interesting story and a fabulous personality, and yet you’d just write her off as your post states if you don’t take time to get to know a bit about someone.

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    • Yes indeed. I mean, even though she is much older than me, I could appreciate why some men were so fond of her because of her assets. But that should have never defined her as much as some people seem to have let it. I guess it makes you think – while being attractive doesn’t necessarily make you a nice person, it also doesn’t necessarily make you a vain, shallow one or bimbo either. All credit to her.

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      • So true. Some young folk who let their looks define them (in their minds at least) would do well to take note of such folks rather than being as shallow as those they would be offended at being judged by.

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      • Brilliant! I laughed out loud at that one! Donald Trump…the only thing I think I admire him for is that he successfully manipulated the media and the public for such a long time and got what he wanted. It really was a masterclass – it didn’t matter what was written about him, what he did or the fact that he apparently changed his mind with the wind, he still won.

        Surely the media must have realised what he was doing? Are they so conceited that they are too afraid to hold their hands up and admit that they are the victims of their own standards do you think? Incredible that he won…not necessarily in a good way…but perhaps he might shake things up…or he might just become what he supposedly reviles…a bit like Animal Farm.

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      • Quite ironically, I watched the Big Short yesterday starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and others and I found it quite foresightful. The big banking crash happened in 2007. And the reason it happened was, to simplify, was due to banks essentially taking risks on things like mortgages with people who didn’t have proper credit checks and who would end up defaulting. It was also because they would take risky bonds, dress them up as something fancy and then sell them off in some very shady business. The people responsible were criminals. And Trump has just hired a guy with a Goldman Sachs legacy as one of the chief financial guys in his cabinet. This is the type of guy he is picking.

        Oh the movie also said that after the crash, it was likely that rather than blaming the crooked bankers (crooked being a big Trump word) that people would likely blame immigrants and the poor. Sound familiar?

        At the end, Trump’s team played a brilliant PR game. All the crap that they had on him couldn’t stick and he just bashed it away unapologetically. Meanwhile, they also did their best to crucify Clinton. It’s madness but it’s people like Trump that capitalise on situations like today.

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      • I might just have to see that film. I can admire what he has achieved, but I can’t admire him. Crazy times indeed. And we call ourselves civilised. Go figure. Great talking with you.

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