Dolly Parton shuts down Tennessee lawmakers' attempt to erect statue of beloved singer at state Capitol

DOLLY Parton shut down lawmakers' attempt to erect a statue of her at the Capitol and said it's "not appropriate at this time."

She had also turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Donald Trump twice.

Dolly, 75, took to Twitter to reveal she didn't want to be commemorated with a statue in Tennesse.

She wrote: "I want to thank the Tenneessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled but I have 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.

"I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I'm gone, if you still feel I deserve it, then I'm certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.

"In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud."

Her Twitter post comes just after she revealed she turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Trump twice.

The 75-year-old singer explained her reasoning was due to concerns surrounding Covid-19.

During an interview with TODAY on Monday, Dolly revealed Trump's administration tried to give her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She admitted that she turned down the nation's highest civilian honor not only once, but twice.

Dolly said: "I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn't travel because of the COVID."

The Jolene singer has been married to Carl Thomas Dean, 78, since 1966.

She then told the outlet that Joe Biden's administration has also reached out to her about the award, though she has some reservations about accepting it.

Dolly explained:  "Now I feel like if I take it, I'll be doing politics, so I'm not sure."

The legendary singer continued: "But I don't work for those awards.

"It'd be nice but I'm not sure that I even deserve it. But it's a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it."

TODAY host Hoda Kotb then told Dolly: "I think everyone thinks you might deserve it."

 In addition to her work as a singer and actress, she runs the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Over the past 26 years, the literacy program has donated more than 100 million children's books.

Back in 2016, her Dollywood Foundation donated $1,000 per month to hundreds of families in East Tennessee that lost their homes due to wildfires.

She has also been involved in helping find a vaccine for Covid-19, as she donated $1 million to help fund coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University.

The university eventually helped make the Moderna vaccine.

Dolly spoke about her donation during an interview with TODAY in November, stating: "I'm just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good. Evidently, it is."

Between 2017 to 2021, Trump handed out 24 Presidential Medals of Freedom.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was supposed to accept an award, though turned it down following the storming of the capitol earlier this year.

Biden has not yet given the award to any recipients yet.

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