Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Parton Apologizes

Her Royal Dolly-ness has spoken.

Last month at Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park in Tennessee, a lesbian wearing a "Marriage is so gay" T-shirt was asked to turn the shirt inside out (see below). Olivier Odom complied, but she later wrote Dollywood asking for gay-friendly policies.

Now the bewigged one herself has issued a statement: "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."

If Parton hadn't spoken about the incident, she risked being knocked off the pedestal where gay folks keep her. We might've even halted drag queens from impersonating her. Harsh, I know.

Parton referred to Dollywood's policy of forbidding controversial T-shirts, adding, "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."

All hail the Dolly.