Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton defended by Stephen Fry as fans accuse singer of miming
National treasure wades in on lip syncing debate after the singer's Pyramid Stage performance
The most talked about performance since last night’s epic headlining set by Metallica, the legendary singer/songwriter seemingly attracted more revellers to the Pyramid Stage with her endless slew of classics than any act since the Rolling Stones last year.
Featuring a special live appearance from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Twitter feeds from Worthy Farm were awash with praise for the pint-sized, rhine-stoned legend of country.
Yet reviews from fans watching the singer strut her way through “Nine to Five” and “Jolene” at home were a little less glowing.
Many followers who eagerly tuned into the BBC’s live coverage of the event to catch Parton in action noted the slight time lapse and accused the singer of miming:
As much as Dolly Parton *is* fabulous, it does look like a bit of miming going on #Glastonbury Or effects of too much plastic surgery?wafflycat (@wafflycat) June 29, 2014
I don't know what with Dolly Parton miming and Arjen Robben diving, that's my Sunday ruined I tell you.Darren Hamer (@DarrenHamer) June 29, 2014
I'm really glad that Dolly Parton's miming is on top form :)lydia (@lydiaahughes) June 29, 2014
Dolly Parton miming. If only there was a way we could have known that not everything about her is real. If only. #glastonburyDyl Mei (@dylmei) June 29, 2014
Unsure if Dolly Parton is miming or her lips have had so much work they move independently to her voice. #GlastonburyCraig Wallwork (@craigwallwork) June 29, 2014
Say what you want about Metallica headlining Glastonbury but at least they weren't miming like Dolly Parton! #GlastonburyPeter Elston (@woodcuttersson) June 29, 2014
Enter Stephen Fry who, after describing the singer as one of “very few people on the planet” he admired more, noted the Dolly backlash and quickly leapt to her defence:
There are very few people on the planet I admire more than @DollyParton - does that make me cheap or shallow?Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 29, 2014
I think I know quite a lot about how TV is made. Why are people saying @DollyParton is miming? She’s fooling me…Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 29, 2014
Well look at my last two retweets. How divided the world is! xStephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 29, 2014
And he wasn’t alone. Several closet Parton fans came out of the woodwork during her hour-long performance. Find out who they were here.
Video: Dolly Parton talks Glastonbury experience
A representative for Dolly Parton has since rubbished the miming claims as "ridiculous". "She's an amazing singer and stole the whole festival," he added.
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