“For Dolly Parton and her story, I unapologetically award an enthusiastic five stars. There is much more depth to her story that I did not know, and that part of the podcast is incredibly informative and educational.
For the production value and thinly-veiled motives, I offer less than one star. I lost track of how many times Abumrad interviewed Dolly and sounded more like a fan-boy as opposed to anything resembling a journalist that was going to ask deep, probing questions. More troubling, though, was the hypocrisy of the entire design of the podcast. On one hand, they praised Dolly repeatedly for being an artist that is remarkably inclusive of fans from every walk of life imaginable. Even in the podcast description, they essentially say she’s a unifier in troubling times. Yet throughout, they repeatedly attempt to make Dolly into what they want her to be, rather than what she is - a complex individual that defies (and seemingly abhors) titles and designations. They attempted to turn her into the 2019-2020 social experiment they’d like for her to be. I mean, if that’s her story (ardent feminist, homo-eroticist, social and racial warrior), fine - it will come out in the telling of that story. But if it’s not? What’s the point in making her what they want her to be if not to fill some agenda they have for listeners? Dolly is an incredibly talented and complex individual with a fascinating story to tell; if they’d simply told that story, I (and presumably other listeners) would have recognized the depth of her character and understood why she’s so appealing to so many. That clarity still comes through, but it’s cheapened considerably by the production motive.”
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