Dolly Parton Did Not Give Permission to Elizabeth Warren to Use Her Song on Campaign Trail

Democrat senator from Massachusetts has been playing the tune from '9 to 5'

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced her presidential run to the world while the Dolly Parton hit “9 to 5” played behind her.

Playing a hit song like that one — especially a tune that highlights the average American worker — can create quite a powerful moment for politicians.

Warren’s moment, however, was a bit unearned.

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It turns out Dolly Parton never gave the senator permission to use her song. Her reason?

The country music star never allows her music to be used for political purposes.

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“We did not approve the request, and we do not approve requests like this of [a] political nature,” Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell, recently told the Associated Press.

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Many musicians send cease and desist orders to politicians using their music, so Parton could stop Warren from using the song — she played it at a town hall in New York City on Friday.

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But there is no word on whether the singer plans to do that.

Dolly Parton is famous for avoiding politics at nearly all costs.

In a world in which celebrities are more and more outspoken and pushy with their beliefs every day, Parton remains a more pure entertainer.

“I’m not into politics. I’m an entertainer,” she said last year about avoiding politics.

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