David Wright, anchor for ABC’s “Nightline,” tried desperately to get country music star Dolly Parton to wade into politics during a recent interview, but the legendary musician was having none of it.
Discussing Parton’s acting role in the film “9 to 5” — which is the same name of a famous Parton song — Wright tried to sink Parton into a discussion about President Donald Trump’s alleged sexism. Wright played a clip from “9 to 5” where star Jane Fonda disparaged her sexist boss.
“The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture. We have a president of the United States who said the things on that bus,” Wright said, attempting to lure Parton.
“I’m not addressing that,” Parton said.
“I do not get into that. Of course I have my opinion about everybody and everything, but I learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business,” she added. “I’m not in politics. I am an entertainer.”
“And yet you’re also a role model,” Wright replied.
“Yes, I am. That’s why I don’t talk about people,” Parton shot back.
Just prior to her sharp response, Parton warned Wright that she refuses to discuss politics and would not answer any political questions.
“If you decide you may want to ask me something more serious — don’t because I’m not going to answer it,” she said. “You can ask but I might still tell you where to put [your question].”
Watch the exchange below:
(H/T: Media Research Center)