Dolly Parton asks for statue plans to be delayed as it is not currently "appropriate"
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time."
Country music star Dolly Parton has asked that plans to erect a statue of her in Nashville, Tennessee, be put on hold.
Parton was due to be honoured for her contributions to music in America and across the world, but has said that it would not be "appropriate" at this time.
She said: "I am honoured and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration.
“Given all that is 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."
She said that in the meantime, she would try to do "good work" and make Tennessee proud.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) February 18, 2021
While Parton may be best known for her classic songs (and writing 'Jolene' and 'I Will Always Love You' on the SAME DAY), she also recently made a million dollar donation to help with the development of the Moderna vaccine.
And if you want to see more from Dolly, then you're in luck, as she is appearing on The Late Late Show tonight.