Dolly Parton doesn’t want a statue in Tennessee


American singer Dolly Parton asked Tennessee, from which she comes, not to proceed with a project approved by the local parliament to erect a statue of her, considering that the timing of this step is inappropriate “with everything that is happening in the world now.”Earlier this month, the Tennessee General Assembly studied a bill that would establish a statue of a country music star outside the local parliament in Nashville.
In a rare move in the current US political scene, Republican and Democratic representatives supported without any reservation the bill, which was to be referred to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.
However, the 75-year-old singer issued a firm stance on the project, on Thursday, saying: “Given everything that is happening in the world now, I do not think it is appropriate to erect a statue of me at this time.”
It announced that it had asked the deputies to withdraw the bill, while expressing at the same time its “honor and influence” with this gesture.
Parton is best known for many hits, including “Nine to Five,” “Julen,” and “I Will Always Love You,” remastered by Whitney Houston, and she is still one of the most popular public figures in the United States.
The singer, who comes from an incapable family, preserved her image as a humble woman close to the Americans. She also contributed to many charitable causes and works, leading to her contribution to financing the development of a vaccine against the Coronavirus in Moderna laboratories, with her donation of one million dollars.
Dolly Parton is insisting on staying out of politics, having twice rejected a proposal by former President Donald Trump’s government to award her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American civilian honor. The singer did not completely close the door to the idea of ​​erecting a statue of her, but after several years, “or maybe after my death,” according to “Agence France-Presse”.


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