The 2016 presidential election seems to have brought celebrities out of the woodwork and into the endorsement game like never before -- or maybe it's just that social media has made the appearance of political engagement way easier. While in days past one had to actually show up to rallies, mention a candidate's name in interviews, and so on, voicing support for the politico of your choice is now simply a retweet button away.
And yet: Some celebs are carefully, pointedly staying out of the fray. Dolly Parton, for example -- she of iconic voice, sky-high hair and ample cleavage -- was quick to clarify her stance this week when a comment she made about supporting a "woman in the White House" was apparently misinterpreted.
Now, a few things here. For one, it's kind of refreshing to know that the 70-year-old Ms. Parton, in the midst of a months-long national tour, is doing her own social media. (No intern wrote that. Come on.) More importantly, I'll admit that this post provoked some mixed feelings for me -- if there's one thing female politicians don't need in the last lap of a historic bid for the presidency, it's more mentions of boobs and PMS as women's defining characteristics. Not to mention: Dolly. You really don't know what side you're on at this point? They're pretty different sides, folks. Do some reading.