Dolly and the Pandemic

Does anyone NOT like Dolly Parton? Country music people love, feminists love her, men love her, gays love her, cross-dressers love her, Silverbelles love her, and Silverbacks love her, too. Hillbillies love her. Presidents love her … impersonators love her:

How can you not love her? Country singer Dolly Parton has revealed she has declined two offers to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Donald Trump in the past four years, telling NBC’s  Today Show that the decision to turn down the honor was not motivated by politics.

How can you not love her? Here, Dolly impersonator, not in costume for a change, tells you how to be happy.

How can you not love her? Here she is telling Jimmy Fallon about her new perfume. Somehow she can be a shameless shill, but not be offensive about it.

How can you not love her? She donated a million dollars to speed the introduction of the Moderna Vaccine. From Mic.com

Dolly Parton might’ve helped cure coronavirus — can’t say we’re surprised

By Kara Weisenstein

November 17, 2020

The breakthrough development of two highly-effective coronavirus vaccines has given lots of people hope that life could return to some degree of normalcy sometime in 2021 — whenever enough folks around the world get their anti-COVID shot to ward off the virus, anyhow. After Moderna announced on Monday that its candidate had an almost 95% efficacy rate, people realized the science behind the vaccine was partly funded by Dolly Parton. The country music legend made a $1 million donation to coronavirus research back in April.

Adorably, Parton was persuaded to make her hefty contribution to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation after her dear friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, told her they were making “some exciting advancements” in their search for a cure for coronavirus. The unlikely duo became friends after the singer was involved in a car accident and subsequently treated by Dr. Abumrad at Vanderbilt. His son is the podcaster Jad Abumrad, known for co-hosting Radiolab, who also created Dolly Parton’s America partly due to his father’s friendship with the icon.

In addition to vaccine research, Parton’s donation also funded convalescent plasma study — the possibility of treating coronavirus patients with the plasma of people with antibodies against it — as well as several research papers on COVID-19. Moderna said that it could feasibly produce a billion doses of its vaccine by the end of next year. The Massachusetts-based company is applying for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It’s karmically fitting that the country music star had a hand in helping humanity through this health crisis. Many fans laud Parton as a patron saint, of sorts. In her native Tennessee, people are petitioning to replace statues of Confederate soldiers with the singer’s likeness instead. Perhaps, in the wake of Dolly’s recent intervening to help cure coronavirus, those calls to memorialize her will be taken more seriously.

4 thoughts on “Dolly and the Pandemic

  1. Hi Step & Sandy, Good morning. Hope this finds you well. Kinda sad around 13/15 Elcott Rd. Kitty Kitty Pearson was put down on Saturday 3/6/21. As always Kitty gave it a great fight, but Bob & Janet felt it was time. Stella got to see her favorite Kitty once more on Saturday, Kitty was purring & Stella was both sad & happy. Happy because she got to see him one more time and sad to see him go. As were we all. Jonathan & Ellie told Stella that Kitty was crossing over the Rainbow Bridge ( look it up) and would finally be happy & no longer sick. Step, Great week of columns. Very varied and I learned a lot as well.😎 Have you seen the movie Dumplings? All Dolly and a really sweet film. Nothing ground breaking but worth a view. I’m off to work, talk later, Stay safe, Be good, Steve & Bethy PS: Hugs to Sandy & Have one or more, for Kitty❤️

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    1. Sad news about Kitty, Kitty. Jacob and Whitney had a baby girl at 7:21 this morning. One door closes, and another opens …

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  2. Dolly has done more to promote vaccination than anyone else in the country!
    Yes, we are sad about Kitty, Kitty, Post Island’s mascot for so many years. And another grandchild to cheer us up, Congratulations, Step and Sandy

    1. Thank you, SBs Mike and Cyndy. You’ll be seeing a pic of the newly minted grandkid in next week’s photo contest. Make sure to send a pic of Will.

      On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 9:45 AM The Silverback Digest wrote:

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