Recently, singer Elle King’s performance at The Ryman Auditorium during the “Opry Goes Dolly” event drew criticism from Stella Parton, Dolly Parton’s sister. Stella took to social media to share her strong opinion and condemn King’s behavior, which she believed showed disrespect towards her family.
Stella Parton’s Fury: Elle King’s Dolly Tribute Sparks Controversy
Just a few days following King’s performance filled with explicit language, Stella Parton expressed her disapproval on social media. She criticized King’s actions during the tribute to the “9 to 5” singer, stating that they showed disrespect towards her family.
“I didn’t witness the Grand Ole Opry birthday tribute to my beloved sister Dolly this past weekend. However, it seems that a certain young lady named Elle King not only lacked knowledge of one of Dolly’s songs but also went as far as cussing and insulting some of Dolly’s fans.
She even admitted to being ‘hammered’—her words, not mine,” Stella expressed on X, formerly known as Twitter. “But let me make one thing clear: it wouldn’t be the first time a musician took the Opry stage under the influence. Yet, apparently, it’s only acceptable if you’re male. Oh, the double standard! Heaven forbid a woman behaves in such a manner! The Opry is now apologizing! How amusing.”
Stella went on to criticize King for her forgetfulness when it came to the lyrics of “Marry Me,” a beautiful song written and recorded by Dolly Parton. “To all those who believe they can learn the lyrics of Dolly’s songs with a lazy listen, here’s a surprise for you!
You’ll end up looking just as foolish as that young lady. It’s important to do your homework, people. Memorize the words to ‘Jolene’ or ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ My sister cherishes words; she is a gifted wordsmith.”
Later on, Stella added, “There are countless ways for a female singer to establish herself and gain recognition, and one of them is simply doing your damn homework. In my humble opinion, that pretty much sums it up.
As for the Opry stage, it holds immense significance for every singer, whether country or otherwise, who has graced it, as well as for every devoted fan who has ever sat in that audience. We consider it a sacred space and a divine opportunity.”
To any lil ego thinking they can learn the lyrics correctly with a half assed listen to one of Dolly’s song. Surprise! You’ll end up looking as silly as that lil girl. Do your homework people. Memorize the lyrics to Jolene or COMC. My sister loves words. A brilliant word smith.— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) January 22, 2024
In the Spotlight: Stella Parton Reveals Motive Behind Speaking Out
Stella Parton’s sister, Stella herself, took to social media once again the day after her initial commentary to shed some light on why she felt compelled to speak up about the situation that had garnered significant attention in the media.
In a heartfelt message, Stella expressed, “When someone disrespects a member of my family, it’s as if they disrespect every one of us. I have chosen to use my personal platforms to share my thoughts because it is my right to do so.
Having faced my fair share of disrespect in the music industry, I have learned that staying silent is no longer an option when I witness people behaving badly.”
She went on to make a clear point, stating, “Here’s the bottom line: if you are fortunate enough to have the privilege of performing in front of a paying audience, it is your duty to give them your absolute best or step aside.
I refuse to buy into the weak excuse of using alcohol or other substances as a crutch before going on stage. It is the fans who provide our livelihoods, and it is important to acknowledge the sacrifices they sometimes make to support us.”
behaving badly. The bottom line is this, if you’re lucky enough to stand before a paying audience give them your best or get off the stage. I don’t buy the lame weak excuse of getting “ hammered” to get out there. The fans pay our wages FYI. They sometimes sacrifice to do so.— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) January 23, 2024
Elle King’s Opry Confession: ‘Hammered’ During Dolly Parton Tribute
During the “Opry Goes Dolly” event at the Ryman Auditorium, country star Elle King caused quite a stir with her candid admission of being drunk onstage. At 34 years old, she faced criticism for her visibly intoxicated performance, which was meant to honor Dolly Parton’s 78th birthday.
King started off with a breathtaking cover of Parton’s iconic “9 to 5,” but things took a surprising turn when she forgot the lyrics and began blurting out expletives while engaging with the audience.
In a moment of jest, King jokingly pleaded with the crowd not to inform Dolly about her state, saying, “Don’t tell Dolly, holy sh*t. I swear to God if you guys tell Dolly…” She openly confessed that she didn’t know the lyrics to the song she was performing, leading her to question the audience about their expectations.
She humorously wondered aloud, “Everyone’s like holy sh*t we bought tickets for this sh*t. Holy sh*t, I’m not even gonna fu**ing lie, y’all bought tickets for this sh*t?”
When a heckler in the crowd called out to her, King defiantly responded, “You ain’t getting your money back. I’ll tell you one thing more: ‘Hi, my name is Elle King [and] I’m f**king hammered.'”
Adding fuel to the fire, King’s background vocalist chimed in by saying, “We’re celebrating Dolly Parton’s birthday the good ole fashioned way. We’re celebrating Dolly’s birthday with the bottle.”
In a rather self-deprecating manner, King was then asked by her background vocalist to perform one of her own songs. In response, she jokingly expressed doubt in her ability, saying, “I can barely play another person’s songs, let’s see if I can play one of mine.”
It was certainly a memorable and unconventional moment during the event, showcasing King’s candid and unfiltered personality for better or worse.
Ryman Ruckus: Elle King Faces Backlash for ‘Disrespectful’ Act
The recent performance by King at The Ryman has caused a significant backlash, with concertgoers flooding social media to share videos of what they deemed as a “disrespectful” and “intoxicated” performance. These videos quickly went viral and made major headlines.
One fan took to TikTok to express her disappointment, sharing a clip captioned, “Elle King disrespected the Ryman and Dolly Parton.” In the clip, she explained, “I believe we just witnessed the downfall of Elle King’s career, and it happened during Dolly’s Birthday Tribute show at The Ryman.
She used profanity about 15 times prior to this and even forgot the lyrics to the Dolly song she was supposed to sing. In the end, they closed the curtain on her, ended the variety show, and bid everyone goodnight.”
Furthermore, many other fans expressed their strong opinions, stating that Elle King should never be given the opportunity to perform on the sacred stage of the Opry ever again. Comments such as “Oh Elle King is never getting invited back to the Opry” and “Elle King committed one of the most disrespectful acts towards that stage” were prevalent among the disappointed fans.
@jamiek721 Elle King disrespected the Ryman & Dolly Parton 🤦🏼♀️ #elleking #grandoleopry #nashville #countrymusic #dollyparton #tributeshow #countrymusictiktoks #cancelled #dollyfam #dolly #drunk ♬ Oh No No No Laugh – Sound Effect
Opry’s Mea Culpa Over Elle King Fiasco, Awaiting King’s Response
In response to the backlash and disappointment expressed by fans in attendance, the esteemed Grand Ole Opry took swift action and issued a heartfelt apology.
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, a representative for the Opry expressed deep regret for the language that was used during the second Opry performance on Twitter. They acknowledged the impact of their words, extending their sincere apologies to those who were affected.
Ever since this incident took place, the talented singer behind the hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” has been facing a wave of criticism both on social media and in the media at large. However, neither Elle King nor her representatives have made any public statements regarding the matter at the time of writing this article.
Hi Judas, we deeply regret and apologize for the language that was used during last night’s second Opry performance.— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) January 20, 2024
The event in question, “Opry Goes Dolly,” was a special celebration organized by the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This year, the occasion marked the second annual event dedicated to honoring the legendary country music icon, Dolly Parton, on her 78th birthday, which fell on January 19, 2024.
To commemorate the milestone, the Opry hosted two shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m., allowing fans to revel in the magic of Parton’s timeless music.