Country music legend Dolly Parton doesn’t often get political — so when she went public with her thoughts on the recent protest movement, fans were left shocked.
According to the New York Post, Parton said plainly in an interview with Billboard: “Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!”
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” the singer and entrepreneur added of protesters aligned with the official Black Lives Matter movement, according to the Post.
Dolly speaks out
Parton went on to explain in her talk with Billboard that she’s simply “not a judgmental person.”
“I do believe we all have a right to be exactly who we are, and it is not my place to judge,” she said in her interview, according to Billboard. “All these good Christian people that are supposed to be such good Christian people, the last thing we’re supposed to do is to judge one another.”
Parton added: “God is the judge, not us. I just try to be myself. I try to let everybody else be themselves.”
Parton and cancel culture
Of course, as Billboard noted, “[o]ffending as few potential customers as possible is just good business” for Parton. That philosophy was perhaps behind the singer’s actions during her last brush-up with cancel culture.
As the New York Post reported, Parton changed the name of her “Dixie Stampede” restaurant to simply “Dolly Parton’s Stampede” after some complained that the word “dixie” is offensive.
“When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede,'” Parton told Billboard in her recent interview. “As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it.”
A rare occasion
The remarks from Parton surely come as a surprise to some, considering the star’s relative silence on political issues over the years. The singer has said she has fans and friends on both sides of the political aisle — and she’d like to keep it that way.
“I respect my audience too much for that, I respect myself too much for that,” Parton said in 2019, according to The Guardian. “Of course I have my own opinions, but that don’t mean I got to throw them out there because you’re going to piss off half the people.”
Only time will tell if that turns out to be the case here.