Country music legend Dolly Parton has always stood by her convictions and never been shy about sharing her opinions.
In a recent interview with CNNMoney, she proved this point when she was asked to comment on North Carolina’s law concerning transgender restrooms.
The 70-year-old “Queen of Country Music” responded by saying, “I think everybody should be treated with respect. I don’t judge people. I try not to get too caught up in all the controversy of things. I hope that everybody gets a chance to be who and what they are. I just know if I have to pee I’m gonna pee. I don’t care where it’s gonna be.”
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With that said, Parton she assured her North Carolina fans that she would still be entertaining them.
Her choice to continue performing in the state stands in contrast to decisions by several other entertainers who have canceled concerts there.
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Entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Pearl Jam have said they would not perform in the state in protest of HB2, the new law requiring people to use public restrooms and changing areas based on their sex rather than their gender identity.
Other artists, however, like Parton, have proceeded with plans to perform in North Carolina, including Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Buffett and Gregg Allman. One group that opposes HB2, North Carolina Needs You, has asked musicians and other artists that oppose the law not to boycott the state, but instead to perform there and raise money and awareness.
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