Almost 15,000 People Have Signed A Petition To Replace Tennessee’s Confederate Statues with Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton with blonde hair

It’s hard to argue against this one.

Our country is in a fierce debate about…well, everything right now.

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the protests for racial justice that have followed, protesters have been demanding that cities and states remove statues related to the confederacy (in some cases even toppling the statues themselves). Here in Tennessee, calls have grown for governor Bill Lee to remove a bust of confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol. And one petition gaining steam is calling for another famous bust to replace him.

A petition is asking the state of Tennessee to replace all confederate statues with statues of Dolly Parton instead. Citing Dolly’s work in providing books to children through her Imagination Library, as well as the millions of dollars she’s donated to COVID-19 research, the petition argues that “Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away.”

Can’t say I disagree with that. So could Dolly Parton finally be the answer that solves the debate around confederate statues?

Well, probably not. People can’t agree on anything these days, even somebody as beloved as Dolly Parton. But so far, almost 15,000 people have signed the petition – and Senator Ted Cruz is even on board with the plan.

Dolly has proven time and time again to be the one person who can unite all sides of a debate – Democrat or Republican, gay or straight, black or white, everybody loves Dolly Parton. So could Dolly’s bust come through once again when we need her the most?

And if you still need convincing, this guy makes a pretty good argument.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock