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On the Massive #MeToo Movement in the Country Music Industry: Dolly Parton’s Sister Slams Singer for Silence

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  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

Dolly Parton‘s younger sister has publicly slammed her sister for remaining tightly lipped about the sexual harassment in the country music industry.

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via Stella Parton’s Official Facebook Page

Stella Parton went onto the CountryLine ‘OurStrories’ podcast, saying that the country legend should speak more about the abuse in the industry.

“I’m ashamed of my sister for keeping her mouth shut. She can run it when it is about something else, but speak up about injustice, Dolly Parton. Speak up. And speak out. Defend women, and don’t just do it in a little song. Speak up.”

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via Stella Parton’s Official Facebook Page

She went on saying that this was the first time that she called out her sister in public. However, she was doing this now because of sound reasoning:

“It’s high time that some of these older women speak up and speak out. They’ve all gone through all kinds of abuse in this industry so: speak up.'”

Parton also went on to criticize her sister’s friend Jane Fonda and another legendary name, Meryl Streep for not speaking out more about all kinds of heinous harassment that happens every day in the entertainment industry.

“In the same way that Jane Fonda and people who have been in Hollywood all these years and never said a word, like Meryl Streep was all big buddies with Harvey Weinstein until he got busted. “

And then she added:

“And then she kinda came around to say, ‘well, you know, that’s terrible’ … well, why didn’t you speak up when it came down? You knew it? All these women just didn’t speak up because they’re afraid they’re gonna mess with their fanbase. I think women would be more apt to respect you if you would speak up.’ “

Parton’s scathing comments come after Dolly’s refusal to label herself as a feminist and did not want to be an advocate of the #MeToo movement.

#MeToo and the Country Music Industry

The #MeToo Movement has taken the world by storm when it first came out. Especially in Nashville’s country music industry. With its particularly close-knit ties, every artist works well within range of each other. But that being said, it’s not all sunshine and daisies. The Rolling Stone dived deep into this last year and found a little more than friendly touching.

More and more victims speak about the harassment that they experience on a daily basis.

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