Dolly Parton Praised After Asking Tennessee Not to Erect a Statue of Her
Dolly Parton was lauded on social media over the last few days after she made an impassioned plea to Tennessee legislators, asking that they not go forward with a bill to put a statue of her likeness at the state's Capitol.
"Given all that's going on in the world, I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time."
"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," read a statement tweeted out by the country music legend on Thursday. "Given all that's going on in the world, I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time."
Earlier this year, Tennessee Rep. John Mark Windle proposed the bill to erect a statue of Parton on state Capitol grounds in an effort "to recognize her for all she has contributed to this state."
“At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is (a) kind, decent, passionate human being?” said Windle when he announced the bill in January 2021. ”(She’s) a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”
The statue was slated to face the Ryman Auditorium, a music venue where Parton had played throughout her career and would have been paid for by the "Dolly Parton fund," as per CNN.
After hearing Parton had rebuffed the bill, Windle told local outlet The Tennessean that he certainly respects "her wishes but I'm gonna give her fans a chance to change her mind." He told the publication, "because she's wrong. She does deserve this."
Parton added in her statement to her followers that despite her pushback on a statue, for now, she hopes "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," she concluded.
In response to the 75-year-old philanthropist's statement, many expressed their love and support for her decision. One fan called her an "actual human goddess" while others said she was "the definition of Grace" and "consistently very good" at being famous.