Dolly Parton Says White Folks’ ‘Little White Asses’ Aren’t The Only Ones That Matter
Let 'em know, Dolly.
August 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Dolly Parton needs folks to know that their “little white asses” aren’t the only ones that matter.
While the 74-year-old “Jolene” singer hasn’t attended a march herself, she does support those who have been protesting for the past few months.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she told Billboard. “And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
Parton said she is accepting of everyone because “God is the judge, not us.”
“First of all, I’m not a judgmental person. I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge,” she said. “I just try to be myself. I try to let everybody else be themselves.”
The 10-time Grammy award winner typically likes to stay out of politics, famously staying quiet at the 2017 Emmy Awards when her 9 to 5 co-stars, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, shared remarks about President Donald Trump. While Parton says she, of course, has her own opinions on the political landscape, she doesn’t feel as if she should offend someone by voicing them.
“I'm an entertainer; I can live it, I can write about it, I can joke, lift people up in my own way. But I don't see no reason for me to get involved in political fights," she said according to the Chicago Tribune.
She acknowledges that she has fans who align with different political parties and hopes that everyone can get along if they’re kind to one another.
"Half my people are Republicans, half of them are Democrats, and I always joke that I'm just a 'hypocrat' — and in a way I kind of am. ... I know we can't ever all get along. But we could get along a little better if we tried a little harder,” Parton said.
While her fans may be divided over politics, almost 23,000 of them collectively supported a petition to replace statues of Confederate soldiers with monuments to "honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton."
"Tennessee is littered with statues memorializing confederate officers. History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise," the petition states. "Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away."
The country crooner stuck to her word when she changed the name of her famous dinner show attraction from Dixie Stampede to Dolly Parton’s Stampede in 2018 after learning the origins of the term and its connection to the Confederacy, according to Billboard.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she said. “As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don’t be a dumba*s. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
Parton hasn't been the only one to drop their Dixie moniker. Back in June, The Dixie Chicks changed their name to The Chicks in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, reports Entertainment Tonight.
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