On Thanksgiving Day, the Dallas Cowboys triumphed over the Washington Commanders with a resounding 45-10 score. Yet, stealing the spotlight that night was none other than the legendary Dolly Parton, who took the stage during halftime.
At 77 years old, Dolly amazed millions by donning the iconic Dallas Cowboys cheerleader ensemble. Her performance featured hits like “Jolene” and “9 to 5,” seamlessly transitioning into her renditions of Queen’s anthems “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.”
These covers were part of Parton’s latest album, Rockstar, which recently achieved the highest chart position in her illustrious career.
Despite the widespread adoration for Dolly’s halftime show and her bold outfit choice, some critics took issue with what they deemed as overly revealing attire for a septuagenarian. In response to the backlash, Dolly’s sister, Stella Parton, came to her defense on X (formerly Twitter), delivering a fiery message:
I personally thought my big sister Dolly was cute as hell in her Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume at the half time show on Thanksgiving. To those of you being so critical of a 77 year old kicking up her heels, I say fuck yourself. Shame on you not her.— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) November 26, 2023
“I personally thought my big sister Dolly was cute as h— in her Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume at the halftime show on Thanksgiving. To those of you being so critical of a 77-year-old kicking up her heels, I say f— yourself. Shame on you, not her.”
While criticisms were voiced, a surge of support flooded in for Dolly, with Stella’s post attracting comments from fans praising her performance and choice of attire. Many celebrated Dolly’s vibrancy and dismissed the critics as simply envious.
“Dolly looked fabulous in her Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader outfit! I can only hope to look half that good at 77. Dolly Parton is a National Treasure, and we are lucky to have her.”
“Your sister KILLED it in that Dallas Cowboy cheerleader outfit! She had fun and looked damned good! Good on her for doing what she wants to!”
“They are just jealous.”
“Your sister looked amazing in that costume and far better than most of us decades younger. I can only imagine it is jealousy. I think Dolly looks prettier than ever.”
For those who missed it, the video below captures a glimpse of Dolly’s electrifying halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys game. She undeniably rocked the stage!