Dolly Parton has asked for a statue of herself not to be erected at the Tennessee State Capitol as she doesn’t think it’s ‘appropriate’ with everything else happening in the world.
There had been calls for legendary Country star, 75, to get a statue in her honour for everything she had contributed to Tennessee, but the singer has politely declined.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their considerstion of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds.
‘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.
‘Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.
‘I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.’
She concluded: ‘In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.’
The idea for a statue of Dolly to be erected began in January after Democratic Representative John Mark Windle suggested the tribute would recognise ‘all that she has contributed to this state’.
According to the bill, the statue would have been funded through donations, private gifts and grants rather than through tax dollars.
Dolly, who is a Tennessee native, would have been honoured for her philanthropy, including her work to increase child literacy as well as her million-dollar donation towards the Moderna vaccine against coronavirus.
Last year, she was honoured with a mural in Nashville which celebrated her support of Black Lives Matter, featuring a quote from Dolly from an interview with Billboard which read: ‘Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter?’
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