In a new Billboard cover story, country music legend Dolly Parton shared her support for Black Lives Matter and the recent protests against police brutality.
On the topic of BLM, the 74-year-old proved that she’s definitely aligned with the times and fully on board with the protests against police brutality and white supremacy that have carried on since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” said Parton. “And of course, Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!” The Queen of Nashville has officially spoken.
Parton also engaged in a discussion about how racist monuments and other antiquated Confederacy statues have been taken down in the last few months.
Parton, as Billboard notes, actually did something similar in 2018, when she renamed her “Dixie Stampede” Civil War-themed attraction to “Dolly Parton’s Stampede”.
Although she was clearly ahead of her time — The Dixie Chicks only changed their name this past June — Parton admitted that she was guilty of “innocent ignorance” back then.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she says now about the name change. “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.”