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Dolly Parton’s Jolene is actually a queer love story and this in-depth analysis proves it

Josh Milton January 17, 2020
Dolly Parton Jolene

Can 'Jolene' be considered the next queer women anthem? This Twitter user thinks so and it's glorious. (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

A Twitter thread about someone’s first listen of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and the queer subtext of it is deserving of a Pulitzer prize.

Well, the internet thinks so, at least.

In the viral Twitter thread, genderqueer user Alexis Hall takes his followers on a 36 tweet-long thread about his take on ”Jolene” which, he argues, “is literally, the gayest f***ing thing” he’s ever heard.

The thread is a tangled web of logic, intertwined with Glee gifs and the phrase ‘bone down’.

Hall analyses each lyric in dizzying detail, developing beautiful backstories for the characters, such as ‘Generic man, let’s call him Bernard’.

Hall’s dense slab of analysis for “Jolene” of Don DeLillo-proportions doesn’t end at a microscopic look at Dolly Parton herself. No.

In a similar way to how some fans feel about RuPaul launching spin-off after spin-off of Drag Race, the thread went on, and on, and on.

But Twitter users were here for every single word.

“And Jolene does,” Hall writes.

“Because they are all completely f***ing gay.

“The end.”

Considering that Hall’s analysis was longer than the Mueller report and the wait for Lady Gaga’s new album combined, it, of course. prompted some clashing reactions from the LGBT+ community.

Hall’s hot take on the memorable tune came after Parton herself gave ‘Jolene’ a drag makeover for a queer crowd.

More: alexis hall, Dolly Parton, Jolene

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