After politicians voiced support for the erection of a statue for Tennessee legend Dolly Parton in the state’s Capitol, the “Jolene” singer declared recently that she doesn’t want the legislature to approve the sculpture.
Enshrining Parton at the Capitol had been talked about for years, and the idea picked up steam after the possible removal of statues of famous Confederates from the Capitol became a flashpoint for debate. Given the current political climate, many a Dolly fan may’ve agreed that her statue could’ve united lawmakers from different sides of the aisle.
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” she wrote. “I am honored and humbled by their intention.” The country-pop superstar said that she has “asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration. With all that is going on in the world, I don’t think that putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”
Dolly Parton was recently featured in a Super Bowl advertisement when the singing/songwriting legend transformed her classic “9 to 5” hit into “5 to 9” for a new campaign with website building and e-commerce platform Squarespace.
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