Legendary country singer and artist, Dolly Parton aired her support to the Black Lives Matter movement during an interview with The Billboard.
“Of course, Black lives matter,” she told the Billboard.
“Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!”
However, this is not the first time the country singer showed her awareness of such an issue.
Just this year, two known bands whose former names are reminiscent of Confederate-era America changed their band names to show support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lady Antebellum is now known as Lady A, while another country-pop band, Dixie Chicks, is now known as The Chicks.
Parton, however, took a similar course of action two years ago.
In 2018, Parton renamed her dinner attraction, from “Dixie Stampede” to just “Stampede,” as she became more aware of the upsetting nature of the term “Dixie.”
“Don’t be a dumb**s,” she said.
According to her, if something “is a problem,” people “should fix it” and added that she “would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”
Parton will release a new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, on October 2nd, as per the Billboard.
Why Is It Relevant?
Country music has a reputation for being a genre for political conservatism, and Parton’s pronouncement is a rare occurrence for country music artists.
Saying something political for a country artist might even spell disaster to that person’s career.
In 2003, The Chicks career fell apart after saying a political statement during their event in London.
Lead singer, Natalie Maines told a London crowd they’re were ashamed, then-President George Bush is from Texas.
Maine’s pronouncement against Bush concerns his 2003 announcement on the Iraq War.
A lot of country music fans denounced the group and ended their career in a short time.
According to Radney Foster, a country singer and songwriter during an interview with the Billboard, people’s reaction against The Chicks back then “put the fear of God in any country artist out there.”