Following the death of George Floyd in May, Dolly Parton vocalized her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Recently, she doubled down on her previous statements.
In an interview with Billboard in August, Dolly Parton first endorsed the movement. “I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Parton famously said in the interview. “And of course black lives matter. Do we think our little white a–es are the only ones that matter? No!”
Before the social unrest of 2020 even started, she also made the decision to rename her Dollywood diner, originally named “The Dixie Stampede.” She decided to rename the diner “The Stampede.”
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” Parton said. “When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it ‘The Stampede.’”
“As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it,” Parton added. “Don’t be a dumba–. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
Dolly Parton Doubles Down on Endorsement
Recently, Dolly Parton addressed her statements made back in August, backing up her stance. The 74-year-old country music icon claims to follow her heart when it comes to those judgment calls. Dolly Parton has always sworn by kindness and compassion for other peoples’ lives.
“Well, I don’t really realize it until it’s already said. I just answer from my heart when somebody asks me a direct question,” she told Billboard. “I love everybody. And, of course, Black lives matter. We all matter. We’re all God’s children. I hope people learn to love one another a little more than they do, and if I can be any help in that respect, then I hope to be.”
[H/T Fox News]