Country legend Dolly Parton has called on the state of Tennessee to drop a bill that would place a statue of her 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 all scrutiny,” Parton said in a statement. declaration Thursday, adding that the timing was not “appropriate. ”
Tennessee Representative John Mark Windle introduced the bill last month, calling for a statue to honor Parton’s contributions to his home state, The Hill reported.
Last year, the singer, who recently turned 75, donated $ 1 million to COVID-19 vaccine research and launched a virtual series where she read bedtime stories to children, a reported the Deseret News. Since the founding of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1995, the singer has donated more than 100 million children’s books, according to “Today.”
A petition to replace Confederate statues in Tennessee with those of Parton gained momentum last year, attracting the attention of figures including actor Henry Winkler and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Deseret reported. News. And just days ago, the New York Times ran an opinion piece titled “Give Dolly Parton a Statue Already.”
But Parton says now is not the time.
“Considering everything that’s going on in the world, I don’t think putting myself on a pedestal is appropriate right now,” she said. “I hope, however, that somewhere down the road several years from now or maybe after I leave if you still think I deserve it, then I’m sure I’ll be proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessian. .
“In the meantime, I will continue to try to do a good job of making this great state proud.”
This is not the first time that Parton has refused a major honor.
Earlier this month, the “Jolene” singer revealed that she twice refused the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the Trump administration for personal reasons, The Hill reported.
“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was sick and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t be traveling because of COVID,” Parton told NBC’s “Today”, adding that she had since heard from President Joe Biden. receiving the award.
“Now I feel like if I take it I’ll be in politics so I’m not sure,” she told “Today”. “But I don’t work for these prices. It would be nice but I’m not sure I deserve it. But it’s a nice compliment for people to think I might deserve it.
Parton’s statement on Thursday seemed to garner even more admiration and support from his fans.