Fans all over Tennessee rallied together online to build statues of Dolly Parton to replace the offensive Confederate statues being removed. The state of Tennessee obliged but Dolly has turned it down.
Dolly Parton Rejects Statue
According to CBS the online petition calling for the statues of Dolly said, "Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton's philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better."
Tennessee agreed with the sentiments and created a proposal for a statue of the treasured Dolly. Dolly birthed The Dollywood Foundation back in 1988 that helps with literacy and education in Tennesee and even helped fund research for the coronavirus Moderna vaccine with a $1 million donation!
So in thanks, the state of Tennesse drew up a plan and Dolly had something sweet and beautiful to say about it. She posted to Instagram saying, "I want to thank the Tennesse legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored 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."
"In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud."
This won't be the first time she has turned down major accolades. She told The Today Show she rejected Trump's offer of the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice. "I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn't travel because of the COVID."
She has since been offered another Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Biden administration but she says she is nervous to accept because she rejected it in the past! "Now, I feel like if I take it, I'll be doing politics, so I'm not sure."