Dolly Parton is aware of a factor or two about flaunting pretend … er, “assets.”
Her alleged TikTok, nonetheless, isn’t one in all them.
Followers of the beloved 75-year-old nation icon were thrilled to see the Grammy Corridor of Famer and “Run, Rose, Run” co-author on the video-sharing platform, the place she purportedly provided a message of hope to viewers, telling them to “keep the faith.”
Sadly, that religion can be rocked by the invention that the newly launched TikTok account was a forgery, and the viral video message was really from final yr, initially recorded to advertise Dolly Parton’s Creativeness Library youngsters’s literacy nonprofit.
It was an enormous letdown for followers — some 700,000 — who clamored to the app in droves to comply with the “9-to-5” singer and COVID vaccine collaborator. Her not-yet-verified video had already racked up greater than 5 million likes as of Monday earlier than the apparently fraudulent account was swiftly shut down, to the dismay of followers.
“The number of trolls I’ve (and other creators) have reported on TikTok and somehow they choose to ban the pride of America, Dolly Parton,” mused one on Twitter, as another vented, “TikTok banned Dolly Parton now we riot.”
A spokesperson for the music legend confirmed the account was pretend on NBC’s “Today” present on Tuesday morning, urging viewers to “take a closer look” on the “doctored” clip for proof. In the meantime, TikTok acknowledged that the video had certainly been eliminated for violating the app’s coverage on impersonation.
Ought to Parton change her thoughts and determine to launch an official TikTok account, she might depend on a minimum of as many followers because the 4.4 million she at present boasts on Instagram.
Followers initially had been over the moon at Parton’s energetic TikTok debut, reported the Daily Mail, whereas fellow trade manufacturers, corresponding to CMT, welcomed “the Queen” to the platform; Spotify, too, known as it “the moment we’ve all been waiting for.”
“GOOD GOLLY MISS DOLLY!! Welciome to tiktok! We’re so glad you’re here,” fawned TikTok forager Alexis Nikole, earlier than the pretend publish was eliminated.
“I’ve never hit follow so fast,” exclaimed one Parton die-hard, whereas one other starstruck fan wrote, “This cured my acne, paid off my debt, healed my psoriasis, and fed my soul.”
Parton’s would-be TikTok presence supplied a welcome, if temporary, respite from other cringeworthy celeb content on the platform, which has ranged from ex-Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez failing on the Renegade dance problem to Reese Witherspoon studying to TikTok from her tech-savvy son Deacon Phillippe.