Skip to comments.Dolly Parton responds to Dollywood Splash Country T-shirt controversy
Posted on 08/02/2011 3:12:45 AM PDT by don-o
Rarely has a T-shirt been the cause of such a national discussion. Now Dolly Parton has weighed in on an episode at Dollywood's Splash Country in which a same-sex Knoxville couple were asked to leave because of the shirt one of them wore.
"I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian T-shirt incident at Dollywood's Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome," said Parton in the statement.
While Parton did not apologize for a park dress code policy that forbids offensive T-shirts, she did conclude: "I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all."
While a meeting was initially set up between Odom and Tipton and Dollywood officials for Aug. 2., Dollywood called off the meeting because Odom and Tipton wanted to include Jasmine Beach-Ferrera of the Campaign for Southern Equality.
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Never mind...I went to the link and saw them....looks like..well...drunk punk rockers with an attitude.
I'll be sure to stay away now. I liked Pigeon Forge more anyway before Dollywood when you could splash in the Little Pigeon River.
It seems a safe assumption that the woman in question was socially aware enough to realize that she was deliberately provoking controversy. Perhaps she wrote the letter more out of a guess that she’d find, so to speak, a sympathetic ear. But regardless, this was the desired outcome on the young lady’s part. On that I would feel sure enough to bet a few guitar picks. When my Shorter, Cuter Half and I married, we visited Pigeon Forge for our honeymoon. We, too, will stay away, these days.
The original stories is that they were asked to turn the shirts inside, which they did.
Learn to proofread don-o. EVERY TIME!!!
The original stories stated that......
Either “_______ is go gay” is unacceptably rude and politically incorrect, or it isn’t. Gays need to take a vote and settle this question one way or the other. Then get back to Dolly on this one.
I used to think a lot more of Dolly before I learned of her “open marriage”.
They were not asked to leave, she was asked to reverse her shirt, which she did. People who purposefully stir up trouble because they consider themselves “special” are a PITA. The park has a policy, which they enforce with everyone, not just gay people looking to impose their views on everyone else. To wear a shirt saying “marriage is gay” to a family park full of children means you hoped to get “picked” so you could make a stink and get publicity for your “cause”.
Nothing is sacred even in the heart of the Bible belt.
Yeah, right. Sure. That's all they wanted. Homosexuals never lie about their agenda. /s
Dolly has always been a great performer and a smart lady who knows how to make money.
She has never been a great moralist or even a great Patriot.
In fact she made a movie with the traitor Jane Fonda.
Listen to her music and try to avoid her liberal leanings.
At a local big biker event, a vendor was selling shirts that said “Homos Are So Gay”.
They were right beside all the anti-Obama shirts.
Never saw any bikers getting the vapors.
My better half (also shorter and cuter) and I married in Sevierville 11 years ago and honeymooned in Pigeon Forge.
We didn't go to Dollywood, and probably won't go there next time.
Parton has an open marriage? Good Lord.
“Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome,” said Parton in the statement.
I’m sure polygamous and incestuous familes will be thrilled to know that, Dolly. The Manson family would be thrilled as well.
Call me “Really Late” to the party but .. What does ‘Open Marriage’ mean?
I know that she was rumored to have had a thing with Kenny Rogers a while back?
Be careful with those!
You’ll put an eye out!
“What does Open Marriage mean?”
It means that Dolly and her husband had an agreement with each other to have sex with others.
No wonder she and the homosexuals get along so well.
You knew this was coming. Parton is not country. She’s Hollyweird.
Why would you assume that she is afraid to stand up?
The music and film industries are full of queers; it's a cinch that she knows a bunch more of them than you or I do. Maybe she actually agrees with the queer movement.
"We are gay, and we thought the shirt was a nice way to express our pride in what we are"
Is that so hard that they actually needed a 3rd party advocate to "represent their positions". Are they that clueless about why they wore a shirt that they need someone else to explain it for them?
Do they normally require someone else to explain how they pick their outfits? I hope the children don't need a professional dresser.
There have been Oprah-like rumors about Dolly for years.
“Odom said they wanted Beach-Ferrera to be present for “support and clarity” and to help represent their positions.”
Allow me to offer “clarity” about my position.
You are nothing but shit-disturbing perverts looking to undermine the foundational family unit on which western civilization was built.
Productive people of good will, do not have time to engage in disruptive “activism”. I’m guessing your are useless “educators” protected by some hate-filled lesbian cabal at whatever academic institution you infest.
I can provide more clarity if you desire.
Here's a link to a column I wrote back in 2008 after my first family visit to Dollywood:
I feel sorry for atheists. Not just because they have no relationship with their Creator or because of the eventual eternity of separation from God. They dont even have a symbol for their belief to display for the holiday season.Yes, they have an actual chapel in the park, and my family attended a worship service in the chapel, complete with hymns and a reasonable sermon.
My family is spending the days before Christmas in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the Dollywood theme park. They put on a huge Christmas celebration here, and they dont mind calling it Christmas. They have four million lights and a dozen shows and attractions, some with decidedly religious messages.
At first, I felt uncomfortable, wondering how they could call Jesus our Lord and Savior in a show without getting protested. I am so conditioned to worry about avoiding offense that I couldnt enjoy a celebration of my own beliefs.
But hearing people sing, speak and express their faith and beliefs openly with love and respect soon warmed me up despite temperatures that were below freezing. It was refreshing to not feel embarrassed about the message of Christmas, to watch a public nativity play, to actually attend a chapel worship service in a theme park.
So while I am put off by Dolly Parton's support for homosexual marriage, I will say that, as of 2008 anyway, Dollywood was one of the most Christian-friendly public theme parks I had ever attended.
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