Dolly Parton voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dolly Parton and Her Support for Black Lives Matter
The “Jolene” singer spoke to Billboard about the movement, which only few country musicians have addressed publicly.
Parton said that she hasn’t attended any of the marches or protests but that she is “unequivocal” in her support of protesters and the movement itself.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she admitted. “And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
“First of all, I’m not a judgmental person,” she continued. “I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge.”
Parton even addressed the so-called “Christians” who are against the movement. “All these good Christian people that are supposed to be such good Christian people, the last thing we’re supposed to do is to judge one another. God is the judge, not us. I just try to be myself. I try to let everybody else be themselves.”
Dolly’s Removal of the Word ‘Dixie’
Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, has since removed the word “dixie” due to its southern racist Confederacy implications.
Back in 2018, Parton renamed her “Dixie Stampede” dinner attraction. She updated the name to “Dolly Parton’s Stampede.” The show itself is Civil War era themed and a far cry from racist.
Back in 2018, Parton renamed her “Dixie Stampede” dinner attraction. She updated the name to “Dolly Parton’s Stampede.” “There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she confessed. “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,” she added. “Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
Parton’s name change came two years prior to country music trio, The Dixie Chicks’ name change to “The Chicks.”
Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer told The New York Times that they disliked their name since 2003. They originally named their band The Dixie Chicks back in 1989 after the song” Dixie Chicken.
“We were literally teenagers when we picked that stupid name,” Maguire shared. “We wanted to change it years and years and years ago,” Maines shared. “I just wanted to separate myself from people that wave that Dixie flag.”