The famously apolitical Dolly Parton is taking a stance and saying that Black lives matter.
Parton has stayed away from commenting on politics for decades so that she didn’t offend any of her fans, well, at 74 Dolly doesn’t have much to lose anymore.
In a wide-ranging cover story for Billboard magazine, Parton said of the Black Lives Matter movement, “I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen. And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
“First of all, I’m not a judgmental person. I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge. All these good Christian people that are supposed to be such good Christian people, the last thing we’re supposed to do is to judge one another. God is the judge, not us.” She added, “I just try to be myself. I try to let everybody else be themselves.”
In 2018, she renamed her Dixie Stampede dinner attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, “Dolly Parton’s Stampede.”
“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,'” Parton said. “As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it.”
“Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
The world is a better place because of Dolly Parton!