Dolly Parton on Black Lives Matter: 'Do We Think Our Little White A**** Are the Only Ones That Matter? No!’

Do not mess with Dolly Parton

August 14, 2020

In a recent in-depth interview with Billboard, Dolly Parton dives deep into everything the world has been grappling with since the start of the pandemic. From making calls about safety protocols at Dollywood theme park to taking a stand for the Black Lives Matter movement, the famed country singer takes a rare, public, political stance for the world to see.

During her interview, Parton makes it clear that she wholeheartedly supports the BLM protesting occurring across the nation and is truly “unequivocal” when it comes to backing the leaders of the BLM movement.

“And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**** are the only ones that matter? No,” exclaims Parton.

In days preceding the initial Black Lives Matter protests in late May and early June, we saw many artists changing their names in order to rid themselves of titles rooted in racism. The Dixie Chicks dropped the “Dixie” and have moved on as The Chicks. 

Dolly too, had made decisions to drop racially charged words, however, her choice to drop the word “Dixie” from her “Dixie Stampede” dinner event and attraction came in 2018. Parton explains, “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,’ she continues, “I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”

Dollywood is dependent on tourism and also happens to be one of the largest employers located in rural Tennessee. After being plagued by the restrictions, pitfalls, and social distancing orders of the pandemic, Parton has spent so much of her time during quarantine attempting to find solutions to support her far-reaching staff. Dolly’s optimism seems to be playing a huge role in finding a way forward. “All of the things that I’m involved in are on hold, even my production companies and the movies — everything [took] a big hit. But I still believe, still, trust God, and I’m still hoping for the best,” shares the “Jolene” singer.

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