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Dolly Parton defends Miley Cyrus in Time essay

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Dolly Parton defends Miley Cyrus in Time essay

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Apr 25, 2014

The just-published Time 100 list of the most influential people of the world includes controversial pop superstar Miley Cyrus. In the magazine's Cyrus' godmother, country-pop icon Dolly Parton, pens an essay about the young star, and begins by writing "If I didn't know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her."

Explaining that she she's not concerned about the 21-year-old because she has watched her grow up, Parton writes, "She knows what she’s doing. She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever. And she was just smotherin' and chokin' in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her."

Parton also notes that Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" is "a great song. The whole album is great. So I'm hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is. 'Cause the girl can write. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. And she doesn't have to be so drastic. But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can't she do it her way?"

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.