Dolly Parton’s Sister and Whoopi Goldberg Come to the Singer’s Defense After Critics Blast Cheerleader ‘Fit

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Today in Why Can’t People Just Mind Their Own Business, haters critics are continuing to come after national treasure Dolly Parton after the country star wore a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader costume at last week’s Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign halftime show. Said critics condemned Dolly’s outfit choice because they thought it wasn’t age-appropriate (whatever that means 🥴), however (!!), both the singer’s sister Stella and Whoopi Goldberg came to her defense in back-to-back *chef’s kiss* clapbacks.

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^^ As I said: National! Treasure!

In response to the criticism, Stella took to Twitter X and wrote, “I personally thought my big sister Dolly was cute as hell in her Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume at the half time show on Thanksgiving. To those of you being so critical of a 77 year old kicking up her heels, I say fuck yourself. Shame on you not her.”

^^ Huge co-sign lol.

Whoopi, for her part, spoke about her feelings on the matter during the November 27 episode of The View and began by joking that her own social media frenzy re: her gloveless Thanksgiving turkey preparations wasn’t “the only thing online that people were hating.”

“Apparently, my turkey wasn’t the only thing online that people were hating,” she began before adding, “77-year-old superstar Dolly Parton stole the show on Thanksgiving at the Cowboys-Commanders game dressed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, but some critics told her to act her age.” Then, the host looked directly into the camera and said, “Bite me!” “Everybody that participated in this—you should be ashamed of yourself,” the celeb added.

Whoopi’s comments obvi earned unanimous agreement from her fellow View cohosts, with Sunny Hostin noting that, “If I looked like that in one of them Cowboys things, I might have everything out. I don’t know if that’s a belly ring or what, but I want what she has.” Truer words!

Btw, Dolly, who recently released her 49th solo album Rockstar—a project that wound up becoming her highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 charts—, shared in a press statement (via People) that it was “an honor” to partner with The Salvation Army to perform at the halftime show. 🥺

“Those Red Kettles have long been a symbol of hope for our friends and neighbors who are facing hard times,” she said. “My goal is to encourage everyone who can to donate and support their neighbors in need. Every small act of generosity helps, and together, we can all love our neighbors this holiday season and beyond.”

ILY DOLLY!!!!

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Gretty Garcia is the assistant news editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers all things news, entertainment, and pop culture. Before joining Cosmo, Gretty was a social strategist for Mrs. Dow Jones and a features and special projects editor at Editorialist. She holds an MS from the Columbia Journalism School and studied art history at Harvard College. 

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