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Legendary singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton has managed to once again remind the world why she’s considered the “patron saint of America.”
How? By humbly rejecting an offer to have a statue of her erected in her home state of Tennessee. There aren’t too many people who’d turn down such an honor.
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. 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,” Parton wrote in a statement shared to Twitter and Instagram Thursday.
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean. In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) February 18, 2021
The humble gesture blew the public away.
Ms. Parton will deny it, but she’s obviously the patron saint of America. https://t.co/Q6ptT9sSiF
— Bryan S. Myrick (@BryanMyrick) February 18, 2021
I love u❤️
— Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) February 19, 2021
— Carolyn Rodz (@carolynrodz) February 19, 2021
You are a queen. Songs will be written about you and passed down for generations.
— Caryn M (@carynsue) February 19, 2021
Loving @DollyParton more each day. A model of decency.
— Rabbi Steven Wernick (@rebsteve) February 19, 2021
Humility and grace personified. @DollyParton
— Tom Schaad (@TomWAVYTV) February 18, 2021
— Adam Jay (@itsAdam) February 19, 2021
Last month, state legislators in Tennessee introduced a widely supported bill, H.B. 135, that would have mandated that the Tennessee State Capitol Commission “erect a statue of Dolly Parton on the capitol grounds” facing the Ryman Auditorium where she reportedly sometimes performs, as reported by The Tennessean.
“At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is kind, decent, passionate human being?” state Rep. John Windle reportedly said after filing the bill on Jan. 13th.
“The influx of people that have moved to Tennessee in the last several years is directly related to the kind, compassionate nature of Tennesseans, and she is the perfect example of that. She has contributed so much and sacrificed so much of her time to so many great causes,” Windle added.
According to The Tennessean, the bill would have procured the money necessary for the statue by establishing a “Dolly Parton fund” and then accepting “gifts, grants and donations” from private parties.
“The legislation also would allow the public and ‘other interested parties’ a chance to offer input on the design of the statue as well as other aspects of the plan,” the newspaper noted.
Dolly Parton’s case for her not wanting a statue is also a case for why we want to give her a statue https://t.co/iQftuyUVTW
— Obi Arisukwu (@ObiAris) February 18, 2021
Never trust anyone who doesn’t like Dolly Parton. pic.twitter.com/NR6mhTi8Q0
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) February 18, 2021
Windle emphasized to the paper that he hadn’t been goaded into drafting the bill on Parton’s behalf or anything like that. In fact, he claimed to not even know her.
“The only connection that Dolly Parton and I have is that we are both hillbillies,” he said.
Proud hillbillies, that is. Parton has never been shy about embracing her upbringing.
“[I]t’s a compliment to me. I mean we were really Hill. Billies. To me that’s not an insult. We were just mountain people. We were really redneck, roughneck, hillbilly people. And I’m proud of it,” she said in a 2014 interview with Southern Living magazine.
“‘White trash!’ I am. People always say ‘Aren’t you insulted when people call you white trash?’ I say, ‘Well it depends on who’s calling me white trash and how they mean it.’ But we really were to some degree. Because when you’re that poor and you’re not educated, you fall in those categories,” she continued.
“But I’m proud of my hillbilly, white trash background. To me that keeps you humble; that keeps you good. And it doesn’t matter how hard you try to outrun it—if that’s who you are, that’s who you are. It’ll show up once in a while,” Parton explained.
There’s certainly no denying that she’s humble — and loved. Though some have tried to come at her for the silliest of reasons.
Earlier this month she triggered lazy leftists by participating in an ad designed to promote entrepreneurship and hard work.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 8, 2021
One NBC writer, Kim Kelly, wrote a whole piece about it, slamming Parton for her “tone-deaf misstep.”
Responding to Kelly’s piece, fellow country singer/songwriter John Rich had a message to share with her Thursday.
Remember when @grimkim wrote a scathing story earlier this month attacking #DollyParton for daring to suggest that folks can work “overtime/5-9” to chase their dreams? Well Kim, this is your chance to write ANOTHER story and focus on the integrity displayed by this American Icon. https://t.co/tuHmfsivVR
— John Rich (@johnrich) February 18, 2021
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