The statement is a surprising but welcome change, since Parton has mostly stayed apolitical throughout her career in fear of dividing her fans. “Of course I have my own opinions,” she told the Guardian in 2019, when asked about her political views. “But that don’t mean I got to throw them out there because you’re going to piss off half the people.”
And since nothing is without controversy, her comments have unsurprisingly received backlash from her more conservative fans who are calling for a boycott.
In the wide-ranging profile that spans everything from the pandemic to her social media savviness, Parton also spoke about her decision to change the name of her Civil War-themed Dollywood attraction from “Dixie Stampede” to “Dolly Parton’s Stampede”:
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 dumbass.