Dolly Parton lends her support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a recent interview with Billboard, the 74-year-old country superstar showed her support for the campaign, which denounces police brutality and systemic racism.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” the legend said. “And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
In regards to her philosophy about allowing people “to make themselves known,” the “Jolene” singer condemns any form of judgment.
“First of all, I’m not a judgmental person. I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who are we, and it is not my place to judge,” she said. “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.”
Of course, Parton has a history of making progressive actions.
Back in 2018, she renamed her dinner theater from Dixie Stampede to Dolly Parton’s Stampede because of the connections between the word “Dixie” and the Confederacy.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she told Billboard. “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. Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
Back in June, a Change.org petition was created demanding that all Confederate statues in Tennessee be replaced with one of “a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” who was born in Locust Ridge.
“Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton’s philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better,” it read, adding, “Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away. Let’s replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together.”
As of this writing, the petition has amassed over 23,000 signatures.