Stella Parton, Dolly Parton’s sister, has come to Elle King’s defense after a tribute performance that King gave while intoxicated, which led to some backlash.
Elle King, aged 34, performed at the Grand Ole Opry show in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to honor Dolly Parton on her 78th birthday.
Stella expressed her support for Elle on platform X by posting a message, “I didn’t see nor hear the Grand Ole Opry birthday tribute to my big sister Dolly over the weekend.’
“But some lil girl by the name of Elle King apparently cussed and insulted some of Dolly’s fans by not knowing a song. She did admit to being “hammered” her words not mine,” she continued.
Stella argued that male singers don’t get such scrutiny if they behave the same way, and Elle’s behavior came under fire because she’s a girl.
She remarked: “But let me just say this, it wouldn’t be the first time a Hillbilly went on the stage of the Opry “hammered” but I guess it’s ok if you’re a male but good lord don’t ever let a girl behave that way folks!”
She also mentioned: “Double f standard if ya ask me. So the Opry is apologizing! Lol.”
Dolly Parton celebrated her 78th birthday on January 19 and commemorated it by dropping fresh songs from her album Rockstar.