Dolly Parton Under Fire For Donations To Big Pharma

Dolly Parton’s halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game has generated a flurry of criticism on social media. Many users took issue with Parton’s previous donation towards COVID-19 vaccine research, arguing that it was inappropriate given the ongoing vaccine debates.

Parton wore a Cowboys cheerleader outfit during her performance and entertained the audience with her iconic hits, including “Jolene” and “9 to 5.” She also surprised fans with a cover of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” However, these moments of joy were overshadowed by the social media backlash.

Critics pointed out that Parton had donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which significantly developed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. She later contributed another $1 million to the university for pediatric infectious disease research.

Following Parton’s performance, singer Brad Skistimas of Five Times August took to social media to express his disappointment. He criticized Parton for her association with the Moderna vaccine and accused her of calling those who chose not to get vaccinated “cowards” and “chicken squat.”

Skistimas also penned an open letter to Parton, highlighting stories of individuals who claim to have experienced severe injuries from the Moderna vaccine. He blamed the government, big pharma companies, and influencers like Parton for encouraging people to trust the vaccine.

The backlash against Parton has divided social media users. Some fans defended her, emphasizing her philanthropic efforts and positive societal impact. They commended her for using her platform to make a difference and argued that her actions were more commendable than the claims made by anti-vaxxers.

Amidst the heated discussions, it is evident that Parton’s performance has become a cultural battleground. Supporters admire her humanitarian work, while critics accuse her of being a pawn in a government-sponsored agenda. The controversy surrounding Parton highlights the ongoing challenges and debates surrounding COVID-19 vaccines.

FactCheck.org, a non-profit website dedicated to debunking misinformation in American politics, refuted the claims made by the anti-vaccine group, the Vaccine Damage Project, which alleged that COVID-19 vaccines were responsible for a significant number of deaths.

While there were indeed “excess deaths” – a higher-than-expected number of fatalities across the population during a specific period – in the U.S. during 2021 and 2022, these were primarily linked to cases of COVID-19, as well as increased deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol-related incidents, and motor vehicle accidents. The CDC reported that a significant portion of the 1.3 million excess deaths recorded from February 2021 to April 2023 were attributed to COVID-19.

Parton’s impact as a musician and philanthropist cannot be denied, regardless of the criticism. She continues to be a force of kindness and inspiration for many.