Dolly Parton Wins the Red-Flag Meme With This ‘Jolene’ Tweet

Even though it only started on Monday, Twitter’s red-flag meme — where people are posting questionable opinions and quotes followed by a series of red-flag emojis in warning — has already taken over the social media site, with everyone from politicians to brands co-opting the trend.

But everyone can pack up their flags and go home, because Dolly Parton has offered up the best red-flag tweet yet.

On Wednesday (Oct. 13), the legendary singer/songwriter tweeted, “When her beauty is beyond compare with flaming locks of auburn hair,” followed by three red-flag emojis.

The line is pulled straight from Parton’s 1973 Hot Country Songs No. 1 song “Jolene,” in which she begs another woman not to steal her man “just because you can.” So yeah, Jolene’s infamous beauty is, indeed, a red flag.

When her beauty is beyond compare with flaming locks of auburn hair

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 13, 2021

The song has taken on new life thanks to a series of high-profile cover versions, with Lil Nas X most recently tackling the country classic last month in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Parton even co-signed Nas’ take on the song, tweeting, “I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X had done my song #Jolene. I had to find it and listen to it immediately…and it’s really good,” she wrote while sharing LNX’s performance video. “Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX.”

Find more “Jolene” covers — and vote for your favorite — here.

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