Dolly Parton Passes on Statue at Tennessee Capitol, State Rep Responds

by Evan Reier

Dolly Parton’s call to shut down a bill looking to erect a statue in her honor is now being supported by someone who first suggested it.

Tennessee State Representative Jeremy Faison has publicly come out and said he thinks Tennessee’s government should honor her wishes.

While he didn’t give a quote, Faison talked with TMZ after Dolly requested that the bill be dismissed. Per TMZ, Faison said that the bill is still up. However, he expects his fellow representatives will move on from the bill.

Back in 2019, Tennessee was looking to replace Confederate Army-based statues and were pondering ideas. Faison was the first to bring up Dolly Parton as a potential option.

However, the legendary country singer figured their were more important tasks at hand.

Dolly Parton Releases Statement on Statue

On February 18, Dolly Parton took to social media to address the potential statue. In a touching post, Parton mentioned the current state of the world as her primary reason for turning it down.

“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erest a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” Parton said. “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is approproate at this time. I hope, though that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great state capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”

And, in classic Dolly Parton fashion, she concluded with a statement of intent.

“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”

It’s hard to think of many Tennesseans more deserving of a statue than Dolly. The timeless singer and actress has dazzled generations of Americans over the years, while also being a beacon of positivity and goodness.

But while that may be true, it’s Dolly herself reminding folks of what’s truly important. Instead of getting caught up in herself and the buzz, Dolly always takes her own path. The true life of an Outsider.

Cole Swindell Praises Dolly

There’s been a shower of deserved praise for Dolly Parton since her statement. A part of that has come through modern country star Cole Swindell.

The 37-year-old singer and songwriter responded to Dolly’s post, asking for others to follow her example.

“What did we do to deserve her?!!! Imagine a world where we all looked at life like Dolly does…I’d move there yesterday.”

It goes without saying, but so would we Cole, so would we.