Country and folk singer Dolly Parton generally avoids politics but seems to have a generally welcoming attitude towards other people. She recently spoke out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. She also spoke about her earlier decision to drop the word ‘Dixie’ from the name of her theme park.
US country music star Dolly Parton has come out in support of Black Lives Matter, in a rare comment on politics.
She told Billboard Magazine: “Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
The entertainment mogul – who owns Dollywood amusement park in her home state of Tennessee as well as other attractions – also spoke about her decision in 2018 to drop the “Dixie” from her Dixie Stampede attraction.
“There’s such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that,” she told Billboard. “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 realise 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.”
“As soon as you realise that [something] is a problem, you should fix it”” is a good common-sense approach to life.
I wrote some time ago that “Don’t be a jerk” was a good philosophy to live by since it was simple and easily understood. Parton’s “Don’t be a dumbass” is also pretty good.