Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Parton hails 'fantastic' Cyrus

Dolly Parton has praised her goddaughter Miley Cyrus for demonstrating female empowerment

Dolly Parton has dismissed concerns about the position of women in today's pop music - saying that female stars have become empowered.

Singer Annie Lennox recently criticised a "spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos" and accused record companies of "peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment", while Sinead O'Connor penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus following her routine at an awards ceremony.

But Dolly, 68, who will take to the stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival, told the Radio Times: "Women are taking their power and using it, and it's great. I've always used mine."

She praised her goddaughter Miley, saying that the young star is "fantastic".

Dolly said that women had made great leaps in society since she starred alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the 1980 film Nine To Five, about three women triumphing over their sexist boss.

"I think women have been accepted a lot over the years. It has more to do with your attitude, your personality and your talent," the country music star said.

"I never had those problems. It served me well, being a girl, and being brought up in a family of men. Six brothers, my dad, close to all my uncles. So I know men, I love men, I understand men.

"Women have got a long way to go, but I really think we've made a lot of great strides since Jane Fonda starred in 9 to 5. I felt I was part of a whole new movement, especially in the workplace.

"Women still don't get as much credit, or equal pay, but there are a lot of wonderful women out there doing a lot of wonderful things."

She said of Glastonbury: "I've heard that people from all walks of life come to Glastonbury. I guess they smoke a lot of dope and drink a lot of booze, like most festivals, right?

"But then there's a lot of people that don't, they just come to listen to the music. Who cares, as long as they're having a good time?"

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Working on a journal can help you process troubling feeling. It's healthy to have a place where you can express yourself without fear of censure. Social media is all well and good, but it's not a place to be totally uninhibited. Save your innermost thoughts for a diary. A troubled romance has been weighing on your mind. You're tired of compromising for the sake of a demanding partner. Being more assertive is critical to the survival of your relationship. You should have your desires met, too.More