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Dolly Parton voiced her support for Black Lives Matter in an interview with Billboard, saying that while she has not taken part in any marches this summer, she supports the protest movement and its push for racial justice.
“I understand people who need to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she told the magazine. “And of course life matters. Do we think our little donkeys are the only ones that matter? No!”
Two years ago, Parton was renamed the Dixie Stampede dinner theater show – one of the many business ventures she runs – following criticism in the wake of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. (The renaming of the retreat was the subject of an episode of Dolly Parton’s America podcast).
In her interview for Billboard, Parton addressed her controversial, saying she was guilty of “innocent ignorance” and “would never dream of hurting anyone on purpose.”
When they said “Dixie” was an insulting word, I thought, “Well, I do not want to offend anyone. This is a business. We’ll just call it “Stampede,” she said. “Once you understand that [something] is a problem, you have to fix it. Do not be dumb. Here is my heart.
The local band formerly known as The Dixie Chicks came to the same conclusion earlier this year.
The 74-year-old singer, businesswoman and philanthropist also said her entire business empire has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but she still hopes for the future.
Read the full Billboard profile.