Dolly Parton has rejected a move by lawmakers in her home state of Tennessee to erect a statue of her on the Capitol Grounds in Nashville.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Parton urged state legislators to withdraw a bill Rep. John Mark Windle introduced last month to honor her contributions in music as well as philanthropy.
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” the 75-year-old singer said.
While acknowledging that she is “honored and humbled” by the legislators’ intention, Parton said she has 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,” she tweeted. At the same time, Parton said that she is open to having a statue of her erected after her death.
The country superstar, who twice turned down former President Donald Trump’s offer of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, promised that she will “continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
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