Dolly Parton Speaks Out in Support of Black Lives Matter

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Country icon Dolly Parton wants fans to know: Black Lives Matter.

The 74-year-old sat down with Billboard magazine to discuss her career, the empire she’s built, and the legacy she hopes to leave behind. During the interview, she shared her thoughts on some of the hot-button issues dominating the cultural conversation in the United States.

In response to the widespread protests against racial inequality and police brutality on the heels of the police killing of George Floyd, Parton was candid about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," she told the publication. "And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!"

The singer-songwriter also weighed in on her use of the word “Dixie.” Parton had used the term — which is a nickname for the southern states in America and associated with the Confederacy — to name her Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner attraction. In 2018, she renamed the venue Dolly Parton’s Stampede, which Billboard notes was because “the Dollywood Company said it was also eyeing an international expansion" and that " ‘Dixie’ wouldn’t translate abroad.”

Of the name change, Parton said: "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 dumba**. That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose,” she explained.

Parton’s move to swap out the word “Dixie” came years before the band previously known as the Dixie Chicks renamed themselves as the Chicks.

Tags: Social Justice, Pop Culture, Career, Career

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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