Dolly Parton Seems To Call Out Critics Of Beyoncé’s Rendition Of “Jolene”

Dolly Parton & Beyoncé / Instagram

Beyoncé’s latest project, Cowboy Carter, has been creating significant buzz since it was announced.

Beyoncé surprised fans on March 29 with the release of her latest album, Cowboy Carter. Describing it as her venture into country music, she also framed it as a narrative of overcoming the perceived “limitations” associated with the genre.

“The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,” Beyoncé shared.

In addition to Beyoncé’s rendition of “Jolene,” the album features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Linda Martell, Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Reyna Roberts, and others.

Before the album’s release, Dolly expressed her desire for Beyoncé to cover “Jolene” in interviews. She even expected that Beyoncé’s version would be included in the project.

“I think she’s recorded ‘Jolene,’ and I think it’s probably gonna be on her country album, which I’m very excited about that,” Dolly told Knox News.

Shortly after listening to Beyoncé’s rendition, Dolly shared her thoughts on the song.

RELATED: Discover The Differences Between Beyoncé’s ‘Jolene’ Lyrics And Dolly Parton’s Classic

Dolly Parton has repeatedly expressed her admiration and support for Beyoncé.

Before the album came out, Dolly expressed her excitement on her social media channels, declaring herself a “big fan.”

“I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album! Love, Dolly.”


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Despite public backlash towards Beyoncé’s new country album, one individual is firmly supporting her and pushing back against the haters — Dolly Parton herself!

Dolly responded to the critics shortly after the public expressed less-than-positive opinions about Beyoncé’s new album and her cover of “Jolene.”

On Instagram, Dolly Parton shared a clip from one of her scenes in an early 1980s movie, appearing to send a subtle message to those critical of Beyoncé’s newly released album with a country flair.

Dolly posted a clip from her film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, where she starred alongside Burt Reynolds in 1982. In the video, Dolly says:

“Are you listening good? Keep them leeches and bloodsuckers off the back roads. I know how to use a gun, and nobody messes with my girls. And any questions you might have about the way I run this place, don’t gripe and whine behind my back. Just tell me face to face, I’m open-minded. Say it all, then go upstairs and pack. The door’s that way.”

Dolly included the movie’s title as a hashtag and reinforced her message in the Instagram caption: “The door is that way.” Her simple statement prompted numerous comments from hundreds of Instagram users.

Many fans responded positively to her “clap back,” expressing support for Dolly’s defense of Beyoncé.

“This delivery is EVERYTHING.”
“Dolly says what she means and means what she says.”
“We welcome all new people to country music.”
“There’s a message here for those complaining about a recent release.”
“The shade AND the tea and I am here for both of it.”
“Dolly says don’t mess with Beyonce. That’s her girl!”

See Dolly’s post below.


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What are your thoughts on Beyoncé’s version of “Jolene?” Give it a listen below!

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