Absolutely everybody loves Dolly Parton, whether it’s because of her legendary music career, her many film roles, that time she agreed to help fund a life-saving vaccine during a global pandemic, or even how she saved a small child’s life while simultaneously spreading Christmas cheer. 

Now Dolly’s back in the news after removing herself from consideration for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Why? Well, for starters, the country icon doesn’t consider herself a “rock” artist. And, seeing as this year also finds Eminem competing against acts like Duran Duran and Rage Against the Machine, it sure makes this entire outfit seem like less of a prestigious honor and more of a goofy, vaguely-defined musical publicity stunt. Dolly's statement also included her intent to “put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future” which, judging from this Tweet from former Nirvana producer Steve Albini, will perhaps lead to the world’s most wholesome experimental noise rock album.

Dolly Parton may not consider herself a rock musician, but she is undoubtedly one of the most badass celebrities around. Case in point: her incredible reminiscence about the first time she visited New York City. Back in 1996, Parton appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and told an impromptu story about her initial experiences in the Big Apple which turned out to be surprisingly taboo for a daytime talk show … 

According to Parton, she and her friend only came to New York to see, not the Empire State Building, or a Broadway show, but a “porno flick”  – but they soon discovered the adult theatres on 42nd street were not the height of urban sophistication she had once thought, and disappointingly full of “creepy weird people.” They left after just three minutes but were soon mistaken on the street for sex workers – which, incidentally was not the term she used back on mid-’90s daytime TV – and relentlessly harassed by a strange man. Unfortunately for this random jerk, these “country girls” were packing heat; Dolly whipped out her gun and warned him: “I’m gonna change you from a rooster to a hen.”

Where do we submit our ballots for the Talk Show Anecdote Hall of Fame?

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