Is Dolly Parton be friendly to a mistake here?
The Jolene Singer conducted a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday to promote her highly anticipated Rock star Album, out November 17th. She collaborates with everyone on the album Sting To Miley Cyrus. But some of her duet partners are causing more controversy than she’s used to. There are Steven Tyler, who is currently being sued for sexual assault by the teenage girlfriend he toured with in the ’70s. And then there is Children’s skirt…
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It’s Dolly’s comments on the latter that are making some people grimace, particularly the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. She told the outlet:
“I did a song with Kid Rock on this album. Of course I did that before the controversy he had, but someone said to me the other day, “How can you do that?” [song] with child?’ I said, “Hey, just because I love you doesn’t mean I don’t love Kid Rock.” Just because I love Kid Rock doesn’t mean I don’t love you. I don’t judge or criticize. I just accept and love.”
That… isn’t much of an explanation. But we will wait for her to unfold her full word. She is, after all, Dolly fucking Parton. She continued:
“Like I said, I had done this before, but I probably would have done it anyway because he’s a talented guy, and that song was about a bad boy; It was about a boy who cheated on her and abused her. But like I said, I love everyone. I do not criticize, I do not tolerate and I do not condemn. I just accept them. But just because I love you doesn’t mean I don’t love Kid Rock in that divine way.”
The THR The interview takes this direction to find out more by asking her about her opinion on “cancel culture” in general, to which she replied:
“I think that’s terrible. We all make mistakes. We won’t all get caught up in this. But even if someone makes a mistake, it depends on who they are. That’s what God is for. Now I happen to believe in God; Since I am a religious person, I can see it that way. Many people don’t do this, but everyone still deserves a second chance. You deserve to remain innocent until proven guilty. Even if you are proven guilty, if God can forgive you, so can I. If God can forgive you, we should all forgive each other.”
OK. That’s a philosophy, sure. At first glance it seems pretty harmless. It sounds wonderful and warm to say that you hug everyone. But we have to ask ourselves: Does this make sense?
Forgiving people for their past mistakes is one thing. We love the idea that people can grow and change, that we can strive to be better, that we can become the best version of ourselves. And throwing away anyone who is willing to learn seems wrong.
But if we don’t even judge that Behave as wrong, don’t we implicitly give everything away? Racism, bullying, anti-Semitism? Rape, murder, genocide? If we truly strive to be our best selves—and want everyone to do so—then shouldn’t we actively discourage this type of behavior? And not, you know, letting everyone know that everything is fine, they have a free pass to let off steam??
The controversy she deliberately chooses not to voice about Kid Rock? He placed himself at the forefront of a war being waged against LGBT people. This war is very real and is only getting worse. With his little machine gun theatrics shooting up bud light Just because they worked with a trans influencer, he linked violence with transphobic protest. And if you don’t think there’s a risk that people will be inspired to commit real violence against innocent people just because they’re gay and transgender, then we’ve got a lot of history for you to read up on.
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This is not a situation where you can take both sides. This isn’t about the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The people on this side are waging war for our existence. They’re literally trying to make LGBT a crime – while making it completely legal to discriminate against us. They demonize gays and trans people in a way that makes the most violent among them believe they are saving children by hurting LGBT people. This is real, this is happening.
In this context, is it really okay to give someone who actively preaches this hate a pass because “we should all forgive each other”?
We should note that elsewhere in the interview, Dolly reiterated her support for the LGBT community. She said:
“I have some of each in my immediate family and co-workers. I am transgender. I have gays. I have lesbians. I have drunks. I have drug addicts – all in my own family. I know and love them all, and I do not judge… If there is something to judge, it is God’s business. But we are all children of God and how we are is who we are.”
When asked specifically about laws passed in her own state of Tennessee legalizing discrimination, she said:
“I just want everyone to be treated well. I try not to get caught up in the politics of it all. I try to embrace the human element.”
Well, unfortunately that is a luxury that not all of us have. Because when all the good, nice people stay out of “the politics of it all,” then they are the hate mongers will win. And then not everyone is treated well.
You say want Peace and love, but you are not willing to stand up for it, you are not willing to make judgments that help people see their mistakes, well… you are not such an ally.
Let us know what you think, dear Perezcious readers.
[Image via Kid Rock/CBS News/YouTube.]