Dolly Parton believes in equality for all.
The singer has a large gay following, which she attributes to her open-mindedness. "They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I've had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love," she says. "I don't think we should be judgmental. Lord, I've got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else."
As such, Dollywood is a big draw for the LGBTQ community—as well as for church groups. According to Parton, all are welcome. "It's a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It's for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they're already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing," the singer says. "I try to love everybody."
Speaking to Billboard, Parton also gives advice for up-and-coming businesswomen.
"You need to really believe in what you've got to offer, what your talent is—and if you believe, that gives you strength. In my early days, I would go in, and I was always overmade, with my boobs sticking out, my clothes too tight, and so I really looked like easy prey to a lot of guys—just looked easy, period. But I would go in, and if they were not paying close attention to what I was saying, I always said, 'I look like a woman, but I think like a man and you better pay attention or I'll have your money and I'll be gone.'"
The "My Tennessee Mountain Home" singer also admits that she is unfamiliar with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. "What is it?" she wonders. Asked whether she's ever leaned in, Parton laughs and says, "I've leaned over. I've leaned forward. I don't know what 'leaned in' is. Lean in to God."
Parton may not be up to date with popular culture, but that suits her just fine. "I hardly go out much anymore. I just send somebody after the stuff I like," the 9 to 5 star says. "But if I go anywhere, I go in full disguise. I'm afraid somebody will recognize me and say, 'Oh, did you see Dolly? She looked like hell.'
"I'd rather them say, 'Did you see Dolly? She's so overdone.'"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hunter Biden, VP's Son, Booted From Navy After Failing Drug Test
WASHINGTON -- Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.
The Navy said that Biden, a former lobbyist who works at a private equity firm, was discharged in February -- barely a year after he was selected for the part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve. Citing privacy laws, the Navy did not give a reason for the discharge, which was not disclosed until it emerged in the media on Thursday.
In a statement released by his attorney, Biden said he respected the Navy's decision and was moving forward with his family's love and support. He did not give a reason for his discharge.
"It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy," Biden said. "I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge."
The vice president's office declined to comment. Hunter Biden's attorney didn't respond to inquiries about whether Biden had used cocaine.
Two people familiar with the situation said Biden, 44, was discharged because he failed a drug test last year. They weren't authorized to discuss the incident by name and requested anonymity. The Wall Street Journal first reported Biden's discharge and failed drug test.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
The 16th Anniversary edition of. HUSTLABALL NEW YORK
Sunday, October 12
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND SUNDAY. No work on Monday.
SLAKE 251 West 30th Street, NY, NY
VIP DOORS @ 10PM for RED CARPET & VIP Reception
GA Doors @ 11PM for dancing and sordid fun.
VIP Room Hosted by Mr.Pam of NakedSword. MUSIC on 3 Dancefloors by LUTHER, MEN’S ROOM, and DONKEY
Open til late!
Presented in association with DaddyHunt, Naked Sword, Raging Stallion, and Lucas Entertainment. For 16 years now, New York’s HustlaBall has invited mischief-seeking patrons to flirt with sin. This year, we make it official with our 2014 “Sin Is In” theme. Out mascot is the hoofed Satyr, a half-horse creature devoted to physical pleasure. Let your mind run wild.
40+ Performers including Aleks Buldocek, Austin Wolf, Billy Santoro & Seth Santoro, Boomer Banks, Bravo Delta, Brent Corrigan, Brian Bonds, Brock Rustin, Christopher Daniels, David Benjamin, Duncan Black, Eli Lewis, JD Phoenix, Israel Oka, Killian James, Leo Forte, Leo Sweetwood, Max Cameron, Nick Capra, Nubius, Ricky Roman & Tayte Hanson, Rogue Status, Ryan Rose, Tommy Defendi, Tyson Tyler, Jesse Santana, & more
Proceeds each year benefit worthy organizations and nonprofits including SWP @ Urban Justice Center and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Only for VIP ticket holders! Mr. Pam of Naked Sword hosts the VIP room with a 10pm-11pm opening champagne reception. Get up close and personal with the stars and see private performances in our exclusive VIP room. Includes access to the roped off viewing platform for the show; plus free access to all pre-events.