Last month, Tennessee State Rep John Mark Windle introduced a bill to bring a statue of Dolly Parton to the the state Capitol Building in downtown Nashville. The idea was originally proposed by Republican state Rep. Jeremy Faison in December of 2019, however now, a bill on the matter has finally been authored.
And Dolly shot it down.
In a statement released today, Dolly urged lawmakers not to pass the bill:
“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.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
Dolly is pretty much loved by all, and would make a fine addition to the State Capitol, however, Dolly has also tried to remain as apolitical as possible. When Dolly was recently asked if she would accept the medal from President Biden on Today with Hoda and Jenna, Dolly said she wasn’t sure:
“Well, I actually have to be honest in all fairness. I got offered the freedom award from the Trump administration and I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill.
Then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID, so now I feel like if I take it I’ll be doing politics. So, I’m not sure.”
And on top of the inherent political implications, Dolly said she’s not sure if she even deserves it.
“I don’t work for those awards… It’d be nice, but I’m not sure that I even deserve it.”