Nightline correspondent David Wright on Thursday night desperately attempted to get actress and singer Dolly Parton to label Donald Trump as the face of 21st century sexism. Talking to the entertainer about her role in the iconic film 9 to 5, Wright played a clip of Jane Fonda deriding her character’s boss as a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
Wright sneered, “The sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical portrayed so effectively in that movie by actor Dabney Coleman hasn’t exactly disappeared from the culture. We have a president of the United States who said the things on that bus.”
Accusations of sexual harassment and abuse certainly have surrounded Donald Trump. But they’ve also been plagued Bill Clinton for decades. Somehow, his name never came up as one of Wright’s examples. Parton shut the journalist down, refusing to get political:
I’m not addressing that. I do not get into that. Of course I have my opinion about everybody and everything. But I learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business. I’m not in politics. I am an entertainer.
The ABC correspondent whined, “And yet you’re also a role model.”