Ever a Bastion of Humility, Dolly Parton Asked Tennessee to Stop Building a Statue in Her Honor

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There’s no other way to say it: We could all stand to be more like Dolly Parton.

The country legend has been in the news frequently lately, and the latest headlines speak to the consistency of her principles. Specifically, when she heard that state legislators in her home state of Tennessee had began plans to erect a statue of her on Capitol grounds, she told them to stop.

Her statement shared on social media Thursday was one of pristine humility and in that classic Dolly Parton tone of, “This is nice, but I’m not worthy.”

“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.”

Deadline noted that State Rep. John Mark Windle, a Democrat, introduced a bill last month to honor Parton. He cited her contributions to the state, and said that the statue would have been funded through private donations.

This latest development in the world of Dolly comes shortly after she spoke at length with the Associated Press about a number of topics, including her involvement in the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine … and why she doesn’t plan on “jumping the line” for a shot just because of her stature:

“No. I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that. I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. I turned 75. I was going to do it on my birthday, and I thought, “Nah, don’t do that.” You’ll look like you’re just doing a show. None of my work is really like that. I wasn’t doing it for a show. I’m going to get mine. I want it. I’m going to get it. When I get it, I’ll probably do it on camera so people will know and I’ll tell them the truth, if I have symptoms and all that. Hopefully it’ll encourage people. I’m not going to jump the line just because I could.”

Keep being you, Dolly.

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