In case you were not aware, Dolly Parton is a beautiful angel whose wings rest inside her many wigs, which is why it always looks like she’s floating on air. And if you ever say anything bad about her I will personally pull up to your house and sing Jolene for nine hours straight, which is the punishment nobody wants or deserves. Clearly, you see I Stan for Dolly. And now, after finding out she stands 100% in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement don’t be surprised if you see me next week waiting by the gates of Dollywood for my hero to arrive so she can sign my VHS copy of Straight Talk.
In a recent interview with Billboard via Skype, Dolly spoke about a bunch of topics, ranging from how the pandemic changed operations at Dollywood to how she slapped down a deal with Elvis Presley singing I Will Always Love You because his ass wanted half of the publishing rights. But things took a turn for the woke when Dolly began speaking about how important it was for her not to offend anyone. As we all know, certain reminders of confederacy have slowly been scrubbed like the Dixie Chicks changing their name to The Chicks. Dolly came to this realization a few years ago when buzz began stirring around the word “Dixie” and its ties to a bygone era where everyone is the South was happy and carefree as long as they were white.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she says now. “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.”
And speaking of history, Sistah Dolly knows what’s going on now with the current state of social injustices against Black people and has no problems speaking up. At one point in the interview she traded her standard wig for the highest blonde Afro she could find to remind everyone that Black Lives Matter by calling out anyone who believes otherwise.
Parton hasn’t attended any recent marches, but she is unequivocal in her support of protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement. “I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she says. “And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!…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.”
I’m sure a chunk of Dolly’s fan base will be pissed at this but I doubt Dolly would give a fuck even if that fuck was a blonde wig.
Now that we know where Dolly stands I can’t wait for her to show up at the next protest wearing a BLM mask with one fist raised in the sky singing Coat of Many Colors. As a matter of fact, let me start working on my picket sign now because that protest is going to be LIT!
Here’s Dolly voicing her support for BLM:
— billboard (@billboard) August 14, 2020