Dolly Parton says what she thinks.
The legendary country star recently spoke to Billboard about racial tension in the United States and around the world and expressed her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I understand that people have to come forward, feel and see themselves,” Parton said when asked about the protests. “And of course black lives matter. Do we think our little white girls are the only ones that matter? No! ”
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The 2018 decision to rename the popular Dollywood dinner attraction formerly known as the Dixie Stampede, which is now simply called Dolly Parton’s Stampede, was also discussed.
The change was made when it was brought to the attention of the singer of “Jolene” that the word “dixie” was offensive.
“Dixie” is a term associated with the southern United States in the lead-up to the abolition of slavery.
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According to The Atlantic, the term was popularized by songwriter Daniel Emmett, a star of minstrel shows, which are widely regarded as racially inappropriate, before becoming synonymous with the period and region.
“There is such a thing as innocent ignorance, and many of us are guilty of it,” Parton said. “When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t mean to offend anybody. It’s a company. We’ll just call it the Stampede. ”
She advocated taking action when you learn or realize something is wrong.
“As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you need to solve it, ”
Said Parton. “Don’t be a fool…. This is where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting someone on purpose.
Two years after Parton abandoned the term of its attraction, country groups Lady Antebellum and The Dixie Chicks followed suit.
Now known as Lady A and The Chicks, respectively, the two groups announced the name change this summer.
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The Chicks seem to have avoided controversy since then, but Lady A has taken legal action to secure the rights to the name against Anita White, a blues singer who has used the nickname for decades.