- Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire opened the 2019 CMA Awards with some colorful jokes.
- Most fans loved the playful jabs, but others weren't so sure they embodied the empowerment theme.
The show kicked off with a powerful medley of prominent female country stars and launched into the opening monologue where hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton riffed off each other.
On a night celebrating the women in country, Carrie said that it meant the world to her getting to work with Dolly and Reba, her two “she-ros.” Even if that meant sharing a dressing room.
“There are racks of clothes and dresses everywhere,” Carrie said. “And for some reason Dolly’s rack is so much bigger.”
“Well Dolly’s rack is so much bigger!” Dolly said, not missing a beat. “I’m just addressing the elephants in the room.”
The jokes didn’t end there, as Carrie went on to say that everyone was welcomed at the awards, even their “fantastic men.” When Dolly told Carrie to speak for herself, Carrie asked what Dolly had against men.
“Well me if I get lucky!” said Dolly, laughing.
Some people on Twitter found the jokes about the country legend funny:
Dolly’s rack IS so much bigger 😂 https://t.co/jpziVWg7W4— Sierra Franz (@SierraFranz2) November 14, 2019
DOLLY’S RACK OMG— Allison💋 (@reputallison13) November 14, 2019
Carrie whispering “For some reason dollys rack is so much bigger” 😂😂😂😂— Liz Lowe (@QueenCarrie928) November 14, 2019
While others thought the jokes were a bit tone deaf on a night for women:
Super powerful opening to the #CMAawards, and then they had to kill it with a joke about Dolly’s “rack”.— Angela Peterson (@amp1297) November 14, 2019
Three women co-hosting and we still get jokes about Dolly's rack. Come on. #CMAawards— Jane Burns (@jrburns) November 14, 2019
Except you take away from the message of empowering females with jokes about Dolly's rack, age and getting on men. Disappointed in the scripting.— Mandi Besancon (@MandibOb21) November 14, 2019
And then hearing how women would be honored but then the women talking about Dolly’s “rack”. That’s not women talking to women for real. Only have ever heard men refer to breasts as a rack. Wow. 😔— LAURA WALSH (@LAURAWA38323559) November 14, 2019
Still, Reba said the night was for all the little girls watching who dreamed of ruling the country music world, or "maybe just ruling the world" and that definitely came through.
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