Dolly Parton asks home state not to build statue of her ‘given all that is going on in the world’


Dolly Parton has requested that plans to erect a statue of her be delayed in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Democrat congressman John Mark Windle proposed a bill that called for the country singer to be honoured in the grounds of the Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

But Parton, 75, issued a statement on Thursday saying: “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”

She thanked the Tennessee legislature for their “consideration” and said she was “honoured and humbled by their intention”.

The country music legend said that a monument to her might be more appropriate in the future.

“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,” she wrote.

“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”

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The singer said she hoped it might happen at a later date. Pic: AP

Introducing the bill in January, Mr Windle appeared to disagree on the timing, saying: “At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is (a) kind, decent, passionate human being?

“[She’s] a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”

Alongside her music career, Parton also has a history of philanthropy, establishing the Imagination Library in 1995, which sends books to children around the world in an effort to improve child literacy.

She also made a million-dollar donation to help with the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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