Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'll put my money on Dolly

So have you all read about the big hooraw over Howard Stern's latest idiocy?

He took portions of one of Dolly Parton's audio books and mixed them so that it sounds like she is saying some truly foul things, both racist and sexually graphic.

Y'know, I've always been against excessive censorship. I'm a firm believer in the if you don't like it don't listen/watch/read it philosophy. No one is forcing you to listen to a particular radio station, no one is strapping you to the couch without a remote so that you have to watch something objectionable, and I'm certainly not doing that voodoo that I do and compelling you to read this journal if you don't care for it. I've found Howard Stern funny at times, and I have even defended his right to wage his own brand of comedy.

But this time he's gone too far. I listened to part of it, and it was so not funny that I didn't even play the whole thing. I don't get into Dolly's music all that much, although I think she's a great performer, and I think she's very talented. (And who can forget her role as Doralee Rhodes in "Nine To Five"?) I've also heard that she is incredibly down-to-earth and gracious, and by all accounts, a very likable and kind person. For him to do this to someone as cool as Dolly is extremly uncool, and as much as I abhor our nation's love affair with litigation, our tendency to run to a lawyer at every perceived slight, and our belief that it's okay use the legal system as a way to cash in on our own stupidity, I hope Dolly opens up a can of legal whupass on Howard the likes of which he's never seen.

Or as Doralee said to her slimy boss (the great Dabney Coleman), "Up until now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up, but I'll tell you one thing. If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! And don't think I can't do it."

Go get him, Dolly! 


jjdolfin9 said...

Boy, are we on the same page with this one.  That slimey Stern should be ashamed of himself.  Dolly is such a lovely lady and so very offended by what was done with her voice.  Like you, I started listening and found it so offensive and un-funny that I couldn't listen to it all.  
Hugs, Joyce

jclmu said...

Oh come on you conservative pricks...that was one of the funniest bits that Howard has done in years.  He does the same thing with likes of George Takaie (star trek), william shatner (star trek), Jay Leno, and numerous other celebrities.  None of them have been "oh so hurt"  waaaa waaaa waaaa!!!!   It's all in good fun people..can't you just get a sense of humor and laugh.  Howard and Robin, after playing the bit, both disagreed that she couldn't possibly have said that.  Get a life people!!!  Go donate to charity or volunteer in your child's classroom.

krmprm said...

I am totally with you on this one, Beth.  Dolly has always
been one of my favorite people because of her heart of
gold.  Howard is one of my least favorite, need I say more?  

shrbrisc said...

I put my money on dolly too if she decides to sue I bet she wins.

madcobug said...

I am with you on this, go getem Dolly. Helen

specialadyfink said...

Howard Stern has always been out in left field.I have never once thought this vulgar idiot was funny...or interesting...or anything...what I think now is that he has done something terribly illegal and needs to pay for his crap.


frankandmary said...

I am certainly not an obedient Dolly acolyte, & have been known to make  good humored fun of her & definitely of DOLLYWOOD at times.  I like Stern in general, & I too have defended his right to say & do certain things, but the time has come when he needs to exert some control.  I used to love Eddie Murphy & then one day I woke up & every word & a half was F**k You, & I was like, uhm, What? Don't take the easy, stupid way out after you built up such a career.  I feel the same with Stern.  He's not stupid, so he must be getting awful lazy.  The tape was mean & racist. Beneath him, & definitely way beneath her. ~Mary

carouselqueen70 said...

I have never liked Howard Stern personally. Everyone has thier own likes and dislikes. I love Dolly's music. I have all her CD's. I didnt see or hear the show but it sounds like something he would do. ...Christine

aimer said...

You go girl! I got bashed because I couldn't resist leaving a comment after a news story about Howard's nasty faux pas. I love Dolly Parton and I dislike Howard Stern, so I may be biased. I like her music. Where I grew up, we only had a couple of AM stations and all that they played was country music. My mother was a big fan of Loretta Lynn and I grew up listening to country on the radio and R&B on the record player.

I agree with your assessment of the Stern mess. I tried to listen and found it not at all funny. I 've read all these comments online with people talking about first amendment rights but they have it wrong. The first amendment doesn't support slander, defamation of character , or libel. I hope Dolly sues his ass off!--Sheria

tsalagiman1 said...

I hope she cleans up on this one.  It's about time Stern was taken down a few notches after having enjoyed immunity for so long for his actions while hiding behind the First Amendment!


eml625 said...

I've always liked Howard. He is a fellow Long Islander, we share that.
And being that I havent heard his latest skit with Dolly, I cant comment about it...where can I hear it? Or is it pulled already.
I think making fun of people CAN be funny, but it sounds like once again Howard went overboard.
PS I havent listened to him in years, I now support The O & A  Virus !

queeniemart said...

in country music, Dolly is a legend......i love her and her music. I also believe in free speech too......Stern has always come off to me as the nerd in Science class in 8th grade who never got the hot girls so he is going to belittle everyone else for his shortcomings.
I hope Miss Parton hits him where it counts.