American actress and model Christie Brinkley loudly defended Dolly Parton after the singer faced backlash over her halftime show appearance.
The 77-year-old singer took the audience by surprise as she performed at the halftime show at the NFL Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas.
For the occasion, the Jolene hitmaker sported a black and white Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit and showed off her toned body.
While many praised the country star for her performance and her bold look, others slammed her and suggested she wasn’t dressing appropriately for her age.
Now, Christie hit back at the critics as she called Parton an “icon” that can’t be defined by a number.”
“Whoever had the nerve to suggest that the one and only Dolly Parton should dress her age should sit down!” the Vacation alum wrote in her Instagram post.
“You should know you can’t define an icon like Dolly Parton by a number! Also immeasurable are her too numerous to count talents, her boundless good energy and effervescent humor, and her golden philanthropic heart full of love! And the fact that she can also rock a Dallas cheerleader outfit too is inspiring and fun!”
The post continued: “Oh and not to mention @dollyparton is also topping Billboards chart this week! Brava you go girl! I’ll cut this short like your killer outfit and just say, LOVE YOU DOLLY!”
Rushing to the singer’s aid were also other celebrities and allies including her sister, Stella, and Whoopi Goldberg.
“I personally thought my big sister Dolly was cute as hell in her Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume at the half time show on Thanksgiving,” Stella, 74, said.
“To those of you being so critical of a 77-year-old kicking up her heels, I say f*** yourself. Shame on you not her.”
“Shame, shame on y’all. She’s somebody who doesn’t care what you think. She’s someone who’s thinking for herself, and I’d like to see each and every one of you haters … do half of what she did on that stage,” Goldberg fumed.
“Let’s see your dance videos that you haven’t cleaned up. Don’t be shady, man. Life’s too short.”
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