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FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville. In a statement released Thursday, Parton says that given current events, she doesn't think being put on a pedestal “is appropriate at this time.” (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
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Dolly Parton asks Tennessee not to put her statue at Capitol

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By TRAVIS LOLLER

Dolly Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville.

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton said in a statement issued Thursday.

Democratic Rep John Mark Windle introduced the bill last month that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state."

Aside from her status as a music icon, Parton is a lifelong philanthropist. She founded the Imagination Library, which mails books to children under the age of 5 across the world to improve child literacy, and her million-dollar donation to Vanderbilt University helped develop the highly effective Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Her advocacy for racial justice was recently celebrated in a mural in Nashville.

In advocating for the statue, Windle said, “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? (She’s) a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”

In her Thursday statement, Parton thanked the legislature for their consideration of the bill and said she was honored and humbled by their intentions.

Although she asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill for now, Parton said "I hope, though, 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.”

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Dolly Parton is very smart and doesn't want to be appropriated for some govt purposes.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

Dolly Parton is always ‘a class act’! Ever humble; she was grateful but declined because there are ‘other more important things in the world to focus on now’. Noting stated about protest or political/ideological agendas. Despite how some people have perceived her appearance, Dolly Parton is extremely intelligent, business minded, ever loyal to family and friends and,... remarkably talented.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Yep. Both of the above comments spot on.

Dolly is a class act. And that includes the rhinestones and the Big Hair.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Guess it would be top heavy and could collapse.

Sorry! Joke from my childhood. She is class and I'm classless!

Great singer and good actress, too. Went to Dollywood as a kid and had a great time seeing live performances and riding the rides.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

A class act.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I've always liked Dolly.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

She's a classy lady.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

She’s superb. She writes, plays, performs and despite all this talent, has a great ability to take the p##s out of herself.

Top class.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Many years ago I was on a small commuter flight just a few large front of the plane business seats all full with businessmen and one with her. As young disabled man was being helped on by airline staff trying to get him to the regular seats not one businessman offer his seat but she did insisted and took a seat at the back of the plane.

No one said anything but those men in business class got some nasty looks from staff and passenger during the flight and as we got off.

This was some 40 years ago.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

A gracious and talented lady. I love the way she doesn't take herself too seriously, with quotes like " it takes a lot of money to look this cheap."

10 ( +11 / -1 )

One of the greats.

I will always love her.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

There are a lot of things about her which are fake, if you know what I mean, but her heart is real. She comes across as a very selfless, humble and loving person, not to mention her musical talents. Wasn't she born into poverty? She's had to work hard for it all. It's very difficult to say a bad thing about Dolly. And Here You Come Again is an underrated classic!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

This was a very Dolly Parton way of asking someone to not make a Dolly Parton statue.

Its very hard not to really really really like her.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

it takes a lot of money to look this cheap

She’s got a load of cracking quotes about herself. She described her singing voice as a cross between Tiny Tim and a nanny goat.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

From 9 to 5 until now Dolly stood up for what is right.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Statues should be for commemoration. Wait until she has passed on (may that be long into the future) and then erect your statue to Tennessee's favorite daughter. Doing so now will only embarass her and she deserves better treatment than that.

Dolly has given great service to her native state and her country. As many others have already mentioned, she is all class.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Always loved Dolly, a real true American Patriot, bless her!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What is that hanging in front of her? Some kind of protective armour?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

The think the statue would be fine in the sun, but if she stands out there too long she might bust or melt!!!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I met her backstage once she's the kindest person I have ever met.

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