On Nightline Thursday, correspondent David Wright gave it his left-wing best, prodding iconic singer and actress Dolly Parton to finger President Donald Trump as the poster boy for modern sexual oppression.
Speaking to Parton about her 1980 hit film 9 to 5, in which three office workers unite against a terrible boss, the reporter played a clip from the film, during which the singer's co-star -- ultra-leftist "Hanoi Jane" Fonda -- calls their boss a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot." Shamefully, Wright then asked:
“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.”
Unbelievable. In 2005, real estate mogul Donald Trump was recorded -- unknown to him -- remarking to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about the willingness of some women to engage sexually with the rich and famous. How in the world does that constitute sexism, egotism, lying, hypocrisy, or bigotry? Literally none of those words apply.
Of course, there is one politician above all others around whom sexual abuse claims have swarmed for years: Bill Clinton. Curiously, the media have never been keen on labeling him a sexual predator. As for Trump, Parton -- who also starred in the very un-PC Best Little Whorehouse in Texas -- brick-walled the conversation, exhibiting wisdom and grace sorely missing from contemporary entertainment:
"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."
Wright pushed further:
"And yet, you're also a role model."
Parton didn't take the bait, illustrating the fact that she deserves to be a role model:
"Yes, I am. That's why I don't talk about people."
If only more in Hollywood would follow her lead.
Meanwhile, it's easy to imagine Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton as the boss in this scene from Parton's classic female-empowerment romp: