WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tennessee state lawmakers proposed to replace a Ku Klux Klan leader’s statue with singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton’s statue.
- Dolly Parton is widely admired in Tennessee for her talent and her philanthropy.
- The country superstar has declined the offer as she thinks it is inappropriate during this time of the pandemic.
Singer Dolly Parton has been admired by her fellow Nashville, Tennessee residents for her talent and her philanthropic works. She has performed for benefit concerts for natural disasters, donated more than 100 million books to children all over the world through her Imagination Library, given scholarships to students who needed help in her native Sevier County, and donated $1 million for COVID-19 vaccine research.
For this and more, Tenn state lawmakers have passed a bill to erect a statue in her honor at the capitol. A committee is also expected to create a “Dolly Parton Fund” to pay for the statue’s cost.
But the singer is refusing the honor.
In a statement, Parton said, “I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration. Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”
This is not the first time that the singer has turned down accolades.
Last month she revealed that she declined on two occasions the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Donald Trump.
Although Parton said that, “several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone,” if people still think she deserves it, she would welcome a statue.
On the other hand, the bill’s proponent Rep. John Windle believes that the statue is totally appropriate. Windle said, “I certainly respect her wishes but I’m gonna give her fans a chance to change her mind. Because she’s wrong. She does deserve this.”
Parton’s statue was supposed to replace Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathaniel Bedford’s statue.