It was one thing that Democrats and Republicans in Nashville may agree on: a statue of the nation music legend Dolly Parton on the grounds of the State Capitol.
The solely downside? It doesn’t have Parton’s vote.
The singer launched a statement on Thursday asking the Tennessee General Assembly to drag a invoice that may have began the method for commissioning a statue of her.
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton mentioned within the assertion, which was posted on Twitter and Instagram.
A monument to Parton gained help throughout a debate over whether or not to take away the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate normal, slave dealer and chief of the Ku Klux Klan, from the Tennessee State Capitol. In 2019, a Republican House chief, Representative Jeremy Faison, suggested Parton as a potential replacement for the Forrest bronze; in January, a Democratic legislator, Representative John Mark Windle, introduced a bill to provoke plans for the statue on Capitol grounds. According to the invoice, the statue could be positioned to face Ryman Auditorium, a storied nation music venue.
In her assertion, Parton, 75, left the choice open for a statue to be erected sooner or later, writing, “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.”
The singer was being thought-about for her function in nation music historical past, her philanthropy and her robust Tennessee roots. (She was born in Sevierville, Tenn., or as she likes to say, “the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.”) It helped that Parton has lengthy stored her political beliefs to herself, saying within the 2019 podcast collection “Dolly Parton’s America” that she averted the topic as a result of “I have too many fans on both sides of the fence.”
Representative Windle’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon whether or not he deliberate to take away the invoice from consideration. The invoice was scheduled to be thought-about by a House committee on Tuesday.
On social media, Parton’s assertion asking for the monument plans to be put apart drew plaudits from followers and fellow musicians who known as her a “national treasure,” making some even more assured that the singer was deserving of such a tribute.