Dolly Parton requests that Tennessee lawmakers remove bill to place a statue of her at the capitol
Dolly parton Another honor is denied.
The country star and philanthropist, who revealed this month that he Presidential Medal of Freedom refused From former president Donald Trump On two occasions, Thursday said she did not want a statue of her to be erected on the Capitol Ground in Nash, Tenn. State lawmakers introduced a bill last month that would eventually do the same, and is expected to consider the formation of a committee. A “Dolly Parton Fund” to pay the cost of the statue on Tuesday Tennessean.
“I am honored and humbled by his intentions, but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove any and all bills,” Parton said in a statement on Thursday. “Given everything that’s happening in the world, I don’t think it’s appropriate to put me on a pedestal at the moment.”
Parton said she wants the statue to be one day, “many years from now or maybe after I leave,” if people still think she deserves it.
In response, the rape John Windley, who Introduced the billThe local newspaper reported that laughed out loud.
“I believe it’s completely reasonable,” Windley said. “I certainly respect her wishes, but I am about to give my fans a chance to change her mind. Because she is wrong. She deserves it.”
Parton, whose Dollywood amusement park is located in the town of Pigeon Forge, has long been respected in the state for her talent as well as her philanthropy. His Imagination Library has provided more than 100 million books to children around the world, since he started it there in 1995. He helped students in his native Sevier County by giving scholarships to students, presenting beneficial concerts for victims of natural disasters in the state. , Last year, famous Donated $ 1 million Research of coronaviruses, which led to the creation of a modern vaccine against COVID-19.
Talk of a Parton statue in the state capitol began last year, as lawmakers debated the removal of several statues, including Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathaniel Bedford. He has more than 25,000 fans signed Change.org petition Calling all state statues to replace Confederate leaders with one parton.
A tribute to the singer “Here You Come Again” was completed in 1987 in her hometown Sevierville.
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