It’s been a bit of a bumpy season for Ted Lasso. The feel-good (but not that good) show about an upbeat (but anguished) soccer coach amassed a ton of Emmys, including star/co-creator Jason Sudeikis. But the new season, which is still rolling out, has been hotly contested, and there’s been talk of a backlash, then a backlash to the backlash, then a backlash to the backlash to backlash, etc. But there’s one person who seems very pro-Ted Lasso: Dolly Parton.
That’s funny, when it comes to small talk I often ask myself what would Dolly Parton do? Start with the 9 to 5 and end with God Only Knows https://t.co/n2eFMTAGaP
— Ted Lasso (@TedLasso) September 28, 2021
It all started when a fan, dealing with the headache that is air travel, tried to overcome his frustrations by asking, “what would @TedLasso do?” The show’s Twitter account — which sometimes trades in motivational sloganeering — responded by asking a similar question of a real-life public figure.
“That’s funny, when it comes to small talk I often ask myself what would Dolly Parton do?” the account posted. “Start with the 9 to 5 and end with God Only Knows.”
The post didn’t tag the legendary country singer-songwriter and actress. But she found it anyway and responded.
You're too sweet, @TedLasso! I heard you left some @AFCRichmond tickets at will call under my name? 😉 https://t.co/1TcY8dFvOK
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 29, 2021
You’re too sweet, @TedLasso!” Parton wrote, adding, “I heard you left some @AFCRichmond tickets at will call under my name?” (That’s a reference to the team Lasso coaches.)
Twitter can be a hellscape of fury and paranoia, but sometimes you get a beloved musician trading jokes with a fictitious character. And people ate it up.
— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) September 29, 2021
— Claudia Gonzales Pino (ella/she/her) (@FulaneDeTal) September 30, 2021
Help this is so delightful and wholesome I might cry https://t.co/TMvuZH8iUq
— megs but spooky (@meg_lo_maniacal) September 29, 2021
This whole thread and exchange has made my day. https://t.co/RsbjDaKV5y
— Macie (@maciecakes13) September 29, 2021
This is the 🌎 I love! @DollyParton interacting with @TedLasso https://t.co/u0qnUyA5qK
— Jamie Toole (@JamieToole) September 29, 2021
…and then @DollyParton and @TedLasso became the Twitter friendship that I never knew I needed…. https://t.co/Lv3snX581A
— MarraBGad (@MarraBGad) September 29, 2021
@DollyParton and @TedLasso are my two absolute favorite people! https://t.co/Bt87pFh03j pic.twitter.com/9KBH8ITqPj
— Nick Yoder (@NickYoder86) September 29, 2021
Some imagined Parton going on Ted Lasso.
The world needs – NEEDS – a Dolly Parton/Ted Lasso collab.
After the last 18 months, we deserve this nice thing.
— The Dub Abides (@The_Dub_Abides) September 29, 2021
Can you imagine a #tedlasso episode with the Queens of country music @DollyParton and @reba both showing up at @AFCRichmond claiming their tickets? That would be amazing!
— 808 in the 818 (@rmhy) September 29, 2021
We need a @DollyParton @TedLasso cross over episode https://t.co/xZhQklXbQa
— Chaotic Neutral Barner (@aucatfish) September 29, 2021
Which she apparently watches.
OMG Dolly watches Ted Lasso https://t.co/vZoXqj1YHV
— 🩸𝖆𝖑𝖑 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖎𝖘 𝖙𝖊𝖒𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖆𝖗𝖞🦇 (@Veiledgg) September 29, 2021
And it came on the same day Parton gushed about Lil Nas X covering one of her most cherished songs, “Jolene.”
Dolly being supportive of @LilNasX AND @TedLasso IN THE SAME DAY?!
When I tell you I LOVE HER… https://t.co/uNFTgkclER
— Dr. Fangirl, PhD (Chrisha) (@drfangirlphd) September 30, 2021
To sum up: Twitter — sometimes it’s good.