- Dolly Parton has turned down the Tennessee legislature's consideration of erecting a statue in her honour
- Dolly Parton expressed that she was honoured by their intention but said it is not appropriate at this time
- The legendary singer's fans have praised her for saying no to the statue amid the pandemic
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Dolly Parton has said no to a statue in her honour. The legendary US singer took to social media recently to share a statement where she addressed the Tennessee legislature.
The state legislature was considering a bill to erect a statue of the music icon on the Capitol grounds. The star declined the offer due to the ongoing pandemic. In the statement she posted on Twitter on Thursday, 18 February, Dolly said:
"I am honoured 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."
The I Will Always Love You hitmaker shared that she hopes the Tennessee government would consider erecting the statue several years from now or when she's gone.
Tweeps have shared mixed reactions to Dolly's statement. Check out some of their comments below:
"Every confederate monument should be dynamited and then replaced with Dolly statues, I've been saying this for years."
"One more reason to LOVE Dolly Parton."
"The timing may not be right but the idea is justified because of all the philanthropy work that you’ve done. And what speaks to your character is that you’ve never bragged about it and you put the focus on the work. That’s why you’re an American treasure."
"Dolly Parton is a woman that stopped waiting for any man to lead by example!"
"Your heart full of love and caring has made me cry. Or maybe it’s that there is too little of this love in the world that’s actually bringing tears to my eyes. #BeADolly and spread the love."
"With all due respect, it’s difficult to think of a private American citizen who has contributed more to our culture, well-being, and decency than @DollyParton. If she’s not deserving of a statue on the Capitol grounds, I suggest maybe putting her face on the Statue of Liberty?"
In other entertainment news, YEN.com.gh reported that Beyoncé has lent her support to the victims of the fatal Texas winter storm. Beyoncé announced on Friday, 19 February that her BeyGood Foundation has teamed up with Adidas and Bread of Life to assist those affected by the storm.
They are giving up to $1 000 (R14 639) to people who have been affected financially due to the storm, which has left the US songstress' fellow Texans without food, power or water. CBS News reports that the winter storm has claimed the lives of at least 34 people, 20 of whom are Texans.
Twitter users have shared mixed reactions to the Beyoncé's good deed. A tweep @imtoomuchnigga wrote:
"Did I just read that Beyoncé is offering urgent relief to everyone affected by the winter storm in Texas and any other state? WOW! The government is down bad."
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