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Dolly Parton, On Losing A Drag Queen Competition

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“They had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that year, so I just over-exaggerated — made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything. All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I just got in the line and I just walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy.. but I got the least applause.”

––Dolly Parton tells a story from her new memoir, Dream More, out November 27. If you don’t love Dolly Parton I don’t even want to know you.

7 Reasons To Love Country Music (Or At Least Give It A Chance)

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I grew up in a small, rural town where muddy trucks would cruise up and down main street with rifles mounted in the back window and country music blasting from the speakers. I grew up hating country music. I thought it was stupid, cheesy, and ignorant. To me, country music was the soundtrack to a conservative, small-town mentality that felt incredibly stifling. I tuned it out in favor of pop, rap, oldies, indie rock, and metal (for years my musical taste could be easily summed up as “Everything except country!”) until one day in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks caused a firestorm by speaking out against President Bush on stage. This was progressive, ballsy, the complete antithesis to everything I thought I knew about country music. I realized if these kinds of women were singing country songs, maybe it was time for me to reconsider my hatred for the genre. I slowly–and secretly–starting getting into country. Pretty soon I was asking friends for country recommendations and discovering that I have a serious banjo fetish.

This year I drove two-hundred miles roundtrip to attend a country music festival and even took a trip to Nashville to get my live banjo fix. My high school self would be stunned. Here are seven things I’ve learned to love about country music since my conversion to a proud country fan… Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Why Dolly Parton Showed Anderson Cooper Her Boobs

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  • Dolly Parton showed her boobs to Anderson Cooper to prove the rose tattoo on her cleavage in “Joyful Noise” is fake. [People]
  • The rumored Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis split is all but official, sources say. [Celebitchy]
  • An interview from Star magazine in the UK claiming to be Beyoncé’s first post-baby interview is “completely made up,” says her rep. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Paris Hilton is recording a new album. Thank God almighty. [Starpulse
  • Sixty-seven days, seven hours and 28 minutes until “Mad Men” returns.  I know this because there’s actually a countdown clock. [SecretsAreBack.com]
  • I’m obsessed with Butter London’s spring 2012 polish colors and names: Slapper, Bossy Boots, Trout Pout, Knackered and Disco Biscuit. Everyone else can go home. Butter London wins. Trout Pout is the best nail polish name ever. [Racked]
  • Dudes explain the appeal of the money shot, as if it needs explaining. [Em & Lo]
  • Watch a “Jeopardy” contestant guess “donkey punch” — a fictional sex act — as an answer. He was wrong, by the way. [Nerve.com Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Four-Year-Old Girl Channels Dolly Parton On “Toddlers & Tiaras”

  • What is there to say, really, about a four-year-old girl wearing a padded bra and butt pads while she channels Dolly Parton on “Toddlers & Tiaras”? Her mother wore the same costume as a kid when she competed in pageants and obviously that’s why she thinks sexualizing her four-year-old is A-OK. Excuse me while I bang my head against the wall. [Styleite]
  • Rachel Zoe is talking smack about Brad Goreski, claiming he “used” her and tried to steal her clients after he quit. Ugh, sounds like a Taylor Jacobson redux. I’m just going to tune out. [ONTD]
  • There’s oh-so-many things wrong with this 9/11 memorial coloring book called We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom. [The Week]
  • I’m planning to stalk Jude Law, pounce on him, and shave off that terrible beard. Who’s with me? (Pitchforks and torches discouraged; condoms encouraged.) [Celebuzz]

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Dolly Parton Ushers In A Better Day

Can we take a moment to appreciate that Better Day is Dolly Parton’s freaking 41st studio album? Much respect, Dolly, much respect. What makes Dolly tunes so amazing is that they can take lyrics that would normally make me roll my eyes—for example, “Together you and I can stop the rain/ and make the sun shine”—but with her voice and the sheer power of her optimism, it makes me think, Yes, we can make the sun shine! This album is the perfect thing to play at your Fourth of July BBQ over the long weekend or to put on the stereo for that road trip to Dollywood.

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Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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