But, as it turns out, it wasn’t actually her or anyone from her team who made the video or TikTok account that went mega-viral yesterday.
It was a doctored video from some random person on the internet, who used old footage from her Imagination Library website and edited it to appear as though Dolly was announcing her new account on the platform.
There were dozens of news sites, like CMT and People, who reported on it and shared the video. The official Spotify TikTok account even commented on the fake video, saying it was “the moment we’ve all been waiting for”.
And, had it actually been Dolly, they would’ve been very right. Of course, tons of fans had liked the video millions of times and left thousands of comments sharing their excitement that Dolly was actually going to be a TikTok star.
But, the account was never verified or confirmed on any other of her social media accounts, which makes me wonder why so many people were so quick to jump the gun and start sharing the account. I wanted it to be true as much as everybody else, but in today’s world of social media, you have to be cautious when it comes to stuff like this.
As of yesterday afternoon, the fake account @itsdollyparton, had been removed from the site. A spokesperson for both Dolly and a representative from TikTok confirmed to Today that it was removed due to a violation of community guidelines dealing with impersonation.
The fake video, which you can watch below, shows Dolly walking into a room and sitting on a piano, announcing her new account and encouraging everyone to stay hopeful.
Then, she sings a few lines from the title track of her 2017 children’s album, I Believe in You. If you look closely at her mouth at the beginning, you can tell something doesn’t quite add up:
“Woohoo! Well hello, I guess I’m on TikTok! I just dropped in to say everything’s gonna be okay. You keep the faith.”
But, this whole fiasco has me thinking, if she did ever get on TikTok, what would she post? Would we see hair tutorials? Makeup lessons? A closet tour? New music? I don’t know, but whatever she came up with, I know it would blow all the other shit out of the water.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens, but now I think it’s an absolute necessity that she start participating. I think I’d break down and join it myself just to follow her. I don’t think anyone else on there would be able to hold a candle to Dolly.
After the incredible reaction millions of people had thinking it was her, I don’t see why her team wouldn’t at least suggest the idea.
Plus, with other country legends like Randy Travis already on there, I think it’s only a matter of time until we get a real Dolly account, too. Just make sure there’s a little blue check mark on it before you start sharing.