National Treasure Dolly Parton issued a rare political statement in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Parton, 74, made the statement to Billboard in an extended feature released Thursday.
“I understand people have to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she said of the protests that broke out across America in response to police killing George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. “And of course Black’s life is very important. Do we think our little white ass is the only thing that matters? Is not!”
The colorful saying comes after revealing that Parton has been ahead of the curve when it comes to rebranding country music: In 2018, she renamed her Dixie Stampede dinner attraction at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, “Dolly Parton̵7;s Stampede”.
“When they said ‘Dixie’ was an insulting word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anyone. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede, ”Parton said.“ As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it.
“Do not be stupid. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anyone on purpose. “
It was a break in the stubborn non-political bias that Parton maintained for most of his career. Notably, she was beaten on stage next to her “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda when they started to bring down President Donald Trump in Emmys 2017.
“I have a lot of Republican friends like I have Democrats and I just don’t like to speak up about everything,” she explained to the Guardian in 2019 when asked about this time.
“I respect my audience too much for that, I also respect myself for that. Of course I have my own opinions, but that doesn’t mean I have to throw them out there because you’re going to piss off half the people. “
“I’m not judgmental,” she told Billboard in a new interview. “I believe we all have the right to be our own, and that is not my place to judge.”
“God is the judge, not us. I’m just trying to be myself. I try to let everyone else be themselves. “