Dolly Parton usually stays clear of political issues, but she’s come out strongly in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement during a new interview with Billboard magazine.
The 74-year-old country music star said,
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen. And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
She also discussed her 2018 decision to rename the popular Dollywood dinner attraction previously known as “Dixie Stampede”, which is now simply called Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Dolly claims the word “Dixie” has racist overtones, and she decided to remove it from the name.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that. 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.”
Ignoring (or totally unaware of) the looting, violence, and rioting, she was quick to jump on the popularized bandwagon and criticize the faith of others by saying, “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.”