Dolly Parton has asked Tennessee state officials to remove a bill that would see a Dolly statue erected in Nashville from “any and all consideration”.
The bill was introduced last month. It aims to honour Parton for her contributions to the state.
Democratic state representative, John Mark 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.”
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” wrote Dolly Parton in a statement posted to Twitter.
“I am honoured and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration.”
Parton goes on to say that she doesn’t think it’s appropriate to be putting her on a pedestal given the climate of the world.
“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now, or perhaps after I’m gone if you feel I still deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.
Dolly Parton then assures fans she’ll keep doing the work to make her state proud of her.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) February 18, 2021
Dolly Parton recently shared a rework of her iconic hit ‘9 to 5’. It’s a take on the side hustle created for Squarespace called ‘5 to 9’.