They’re begging her to please to take their men.
A petition to replace every Confederate statue in Tennessee with sculptures of Dolly Parton has racked up over 14,000 signatures on Change.org.
“Tennessee is littered with statues memorializing Confederate officers. History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise,” reads the appeal, written by Alex Parsons. “Instead, let us honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton.”
It’s not just the 74-year-old country legend’s music career which makes her an eligible replacement, the petition continues: She is a philanthropist, and has dedicated her life to uniting Americans.
“Let’s replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together,” Parsons concludes.
As of Tuesday, the five-day-old petition was less than 250 signatures away from reaching its 15,000-signature goal.
In a follow-up to the initial post, Parsons clarifies that while the idea of replacing all Confederate statues with Parton may seem like a joke, it is not intended as one — although it is less vital that Parton be the replacement than that the Confederate statues be taken down.
“The tyranny memorialized in those statues can no longer be allowed to stand, be it removed or replaced by someone worthy of praise, such as Dolly Parton or other deserving groups and individuals,” reads the second post.
Taylor Swift also recently took to social media to demand that Tennessee remove all public statues of “racist historical figures” and “white supremacists.”
Swift, 30, penned a lengthy Instagram post addressing her home state’s Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission, asking that the organizations “consider the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments. When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this.”
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