Dolly Parton asks 'are White a***s only ones that matter?' as she backs BLM, fans call her their 'personal Jesus'
The protests and riots caused by the death of 46-year-old Black man George Floyd witnessed many celebrities come forward to join the movement. Country music legend Dolly Parton is the latest to speak up against the injustice towards the Black community and once again, she is being lauded for her words about the systemic racism that's sent people on Twitter into a frenzy.
Expressing her opinion about the Black Lives Matter movement in an interview with Billboard, Parton said, "I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen. And of course Black Lives Matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"
Explaining the principles that drive her life and career, she further added, "First of all, I’m not a judgmental person. I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge. 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."
Although Parton wasn't seen at the BLM protests or heard talking about the same until now, she had previously taken a stand on social issues and worked towards rectifying the same. In 2018, she decided to rename her Civil War-themed Dinner theater 'Dixie Stampede' as she became aware of how offensive and hurtful the term 'Dixie' is, as it traced its roots back to the bloody war between the Union and Confederates. It was reportedly advertised as an "extraordinary dinner show… pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry".
Not only did Dollywood Company consider renaming its themed-dinner attraction, it also halted its international expansion. Taking about this move Parton told Billboard, "There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that. 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 dumba**. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose."
Fans have been trending the 'Jolene' singer on Twitter after hearing her opinion about the Black Lives Matter movement, which has only earned her more love and admiration. One fan wrote, "I’m not religious and I don’t mean to offend but Dolly Parton is my personal Jesus." Another added, "She is honestly one of the most wholesome celebrities out there."
I’m not religious and I don’t mean to offend but Dolly Parton is my personal Jesus.— Beka Loy 💗💜💙 (@beka_loy) August 13, 2020
She is honestly one of the most wholesome celebrities out there.— Yousoismah (@yousoismah) August 13, 2020
Meanwhile, one fan urged fellow Twitter users to visit Dollywood and extend their support to the music icon. "Y’all gotta promise you’ll all go to Tennessee and invest in a visit to Dollywood one day. Giving that community your support is the best way to love Dolly. She’s been walking the giveback walk from day one. #dollyparton," read a tweet.
Y’all gotta promise you’ll all go to Tennessee and invest in a visit to Dollywood one day. Giving that community your support is the best way to love Dolly. She’s been walking the giveback walk from day one. #dollyparton— Dot (@dotdjohnson) August 13, 2020