Dolly Parton Politely Tells Tennessee Legislature To Cancel Plans For Statue

( Country music legend Dolly Parton showed the world (once again!) just how humble she is, telling the Tennessee Legislature this week to cancel plans to erect a statue in her honor.

In a written statement, Parton expressed her deep thanks and gratitude that the state would consider erecting a statue of her but stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic issues plaguing millions of Americans meant that it was simply not the right time.

“I want to thank the Tennessee Legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state Legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration,” she said.

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton continued. “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.”

Parton has certainly received her fair share of honors for her work over the years, with 10 Grammy Awards, 50 total Grammy nominations, and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music.

In January, Parton received one of her greatest honors yet, when Tennessee state Rep. John Mark Windle sponsored a new bill that would erect a statue of Parton in the state capital, Nashville. Windle said that the statue would “recognize [Parton] for all she has contributed to this state.”

The Dolly Parton Fund would pay for the statue, should it be erected, would stand in front of the Ryman Auditorium, which is a legendary music venue in the state where Parton has performed many times over the decades.

Parton also famously denied opportunities to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Former President Donald Trump reportedly requested her presence at the White House to receive the award twice, though on both occasions, Parton turned the opportunity down owing to personal scheduling conflicts.

“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID,” she told NBC at the time.

The legendary country singer even indicated recently that she would turn down the offer again if President Biden makes the same request.