Dolly Parton rejected an earlier proposal of erecting a statue of her that will sit on the state Capitol grounds to recognize her for all she has contributed to the state.
The popular Country music songbird issued an official statement which was shared on social media.
The proposed statue would have stood where the Confederate monuments stood. According to the bill, the statue’s design would’ve been informed by the public’s opinion, and funded by the “Dolly Parton fund,” which includes grants and donations.
The statement continues, “Given all that’s going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. 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.
Last year April 2020, the “Islands in the Stream” singer donated $1M to fund the Coronavirus vaccine efforts. According to a previous report on The Sauce, Dolly Parton donated $1 million towards crucial research for the Covid-19 vaccine.The ‘9 to 5’ hit-maker’s financial contribution is credited in footnotes of a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine, which reveals she helped with funding for research by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which was involved in trials for Moderna’s vaccination.
In regards to getting the precious vaccine, Parton does not seem in a rush at all. As reported, she noted she is patient enough to wait her turn and has no expectations for special treatment.
She shared: “No. I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money. I’m very funny about that. I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m at the age where I could have gotten mine legally last week. I turned 75. I was going to do it on my birthday, and I thought, ‘Nah, don’t do that.’ You’ll look like you’re just doing a show. None of my work is really like that.”
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