‘That’s what God is there for’: Beloved singer Dolly Parton knocks cancel culture, defends Kid Rock

Dolly Parton is a national treasure.

When the Queen of Country talks about cancel culture, people from all walks of life listen.

Parton told The Hollywood Reporter that cancel culture is “terrible.”

“We all make mistakes,” the iconic singer said. “We don’t all get caught at it. But also when somebody makes a mistake, it depends on who they are. That’s what God is there for.”

“Now, I happen to believe in God; I’m a faith-based person, so therefore I am able to see it like that. A lot of people don’t, but even still, everybody deserves a second chance,” she continued. “You deserve to be innocent until you’re proven guilty. Even when you’re proven guilty, if God can forgive you, so can I. If God can forgive you, we all should forgive one another.”

She discussed the duet she did with Kid Rock, “Either Or,” on her new album, “Rockstar” — a pairing for which Parton has taken some heat.

“I did a song with Kid Rock on this album,” Parton explained. “Of course I did that before the controversy that he had, but somebody was talking to me the other day, ‘How could you do this [song] with Kid?’ I said, ‘Hey, just because I love you don’t mean I don’t love Kid Rock. Just because I love Kid Rock don’t mean I don’t love you.'”

“I don’t condemn or criticize,” she said. “I just accept and love.”

“Like I said, I had done that before, but I’d have probably still done it, because he is a gifted guy, and that song was about a bad boy; it was about a boy that was cheating and mistreating her,” Parton added. “But like I say, I love everybody. I don’t criticize, I don’t condone nor condemn. I just accept them. But anyhow, just because I love you don’t mean I don’t love Kid Rock in that God way.”

It is unclear to which Kid Rock controversy Parton was referring.

As BizPac Review reported, Kid Rock made liberal heads explode when he opened fire with an AR-15 on several cases of Bud Light in protest of the beer’s partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

“F*ck Bud Light,” he stated after he shot up the cans. “F*ck Anheuser-Busch!”

The Trump-supporting singer then angered conservatives when, months later, he was photographed with a Bud Light at a Colt Ford concert in Nashville.

Kid Rock isn’t the only controversial star to be singing with Parton on “Rockstar,” which is due out on November 17.

The album features duets with, among others, Steven Tyler, Lizzo, and Miley Cyrus, all three of whom have had their questionable moments.

“Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, is reportedly being sued by two women who have accused him of sexual assault, allegations he has denied,” Newsweek reports. “Lizzo is being sued for allegedly creating a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual harassment, allegations she has denied.”

Cyrus, who is Parton’s goddaughter, “shifted from teen to adult stardom with sexually provocative music videos and photo spreads,” the outlet notes.

Parton sat down with Newsweek for an interview in which she said she does “what my heart is telling me to do at that time.”

She urged up-and-coming female artists to stick to their “principles.”

“We have to sacrifice and compromise to some degree to get anywhere in any business,” Parton said. “But don’t ever sacrifice your principles and your values and who you are. There is a statement I use over and over again, I guess it’s Shakespeare, ‘To thine own self be true.’ Whoever said that, they said a mouthful.”


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