Dolly Parton voices support for Black Lives Matter, explains why she removed 'Dixie' from Dixie Stampede

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Friday, August 14, 2020
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Country music legend Dolly Parton voiced her support for Black Lives Matter and the protesters pushing for change in America.

Parton was featured in a story in the August 15, 2020, issue of Billboard magazine.

In an interview with the magazine, she said she had not personally attended any of the recent protests, but she supported them.

"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," she said. "And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white (expletive) are the only ones that matter? No!"

In fact, in 2018 the singer took out the term "Dixie" from her Civil-War themed family dinner show attraction previously known as the "Dixie Stampede."

Parton said she learned that the word was offensive and decided it should be changed. The event is now known as "Dolly Parton's Stampede."

"There's such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that," she said. "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.' As soon as you realize that (something) is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a (expletive). That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose."

In addition to her singing superstardom, Parton has also become quite well known for her philanthropy. She recently donated $1 million to help fund coronavirus research. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has sent millions of books to children.

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Parton is also planning to release her first Christmas album in 30 years.

"A Holly Dolly Christmas" will be available on Oct. 2. It will be a 12-track album mixing classics with originals, and the album will feature plenty of guest stars.