Country queen Dolly Parton isn’t staying silent on Black Lives Matter, telling Billboard Magazine she stands with the movement.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Parton said in the feature story. “And of course, Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
She also talks about renaming the Dixie Stampede dinner attraction back in 2018 to simply Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Parton says the name change came about because she became more aware of how hurtful the term Dixie can be.
“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 dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose,” she said.
Parton says in the interview offending as few people as possible is the goal of her entertainment empire.
“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,” she says. “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. I just try to be myself. I try to let everybody else be themselves,” she said.
Parton’s newest song, “When Life is Good Again,” was released in May and was released in response to Coronavirus.
“Be safe, be respectful, wear your mask, lead with love,” she says in the video.