Dolly Parton Drops “Dixie” From Attraction Name

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports:

Dolly Parton’s Pigeon Forge dinner attraction, Dixie Stampede, has a new name. It’s now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, according to a news release from World Choice Investments. It also has a location in Branson, Missouri. Parton explained in the press release that the change streamlines the name of the show, will remove any confusion or concern about it, and will help efforts to bring the show into new cities.

“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Parton said in the news release. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities.”

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said he was disappointed that the show yielded to political correctness. “Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she’s done for our community, which is her community, and I’m disappointed that they’re yielding to political correctness,” Burchett said. “What’s next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company? You know, I just hope they don’t change their Christmas program.”

Stand by for Todd Starnes to set his hair on fire. Other right wingers are already wailing in predictable fashion.

  • Tatonka

    Good for her. She seems like a genuinely sweet lady. Good luck to those potato-faced Tennessee blumpkins trying to score political points off her.

    • roadtripboy

      Dolly’s a lot bigger than they are. They’ll whine and complain, but they’ll go to her attractions. In fact most of them are so out the news cycle, they’ll probably never really notice the name change.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Political correctness = decency.

    Good for her.

    • Todd20036

      Funny how PC = anything that doesn’t promote white, male privilege in their eyes.

    • Nic Peterson

      I immediately thought of this song when I saw the headline. Not even remotely related to Ms Parton’s work but it seems to fit. Enjoy.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM

      • Daveed_WOW

        I fell in love in Levon Helm for this performance. Whoa.

      • Kenster999

        Written by a Canadian (Robbie Robertson)! I find it fascinating when someone from outside can see things so clearly and can sum up a reality so succinctly.

      • JCF

        If I understand the POV of this song (which has long puzzled me), it’s a Southerner who’s cheering the Dixie down-driving?

        • prixator

          The song is a first-person narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the protagonist, a poor white Southerner, during the last year of the American Civil War, when George Stoneman was raiding southwest Virginia.

          From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_They_Drove_Old_Dixie_Down

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    • Strepsi

      I’ve seen people on the left try to drag Dolly too – NOT ON MY WATCH.

      She’s a treasure. And did you know if you live in Pigeon forge and have a kid, she GIVES you a book a month until the kid enters school, to encourage literacy? She’s the best thing that ever happened to that State.

    • Kruhn

      Dolly Parton was Social Justice Warrior before it was cool to be Social Justice Warrior. She was pro-LGBT rights in the 90s and her music and roles have been of strong, independent women, so haters can suck it.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Good for her! I like her personality and spunk, but I really admire her as an artist.

  • Joe in PA

    yielded to political correctness.

    Makes my blood boil when I see this. They really are saying that like it’s a bad thing.

    • djcoastermark

      They always do, they always do. I usually refrain from this, ” Sigh, ” but it is fitting.

  • skyweaver

    “Heritage” – always always always a Southern stand in for “celebrate whiteness” and “attack anything that isn’t”

    • Todd20036

      white, male, Christian, straight

      • JCF

        -ist.

    • Randy

      Yes. You don’t think all these folks suddenly got interested in historical preservation, do you?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Lynching recreations are for weekend dinners only.

  • Joe in PA

    Isn’t “social justice warrior” a good thing?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Depends. Some are legitimate warriors for social justice, alas most nowadays are merely warriors for brownie points and intimidation. Like Political Correctness, what started out as a reasonable construct has morphed into a cudgel to coerce & silence anyone who is not of the “correct” mindset….which should be a concern for all rational people.

  • Blake Mason

    Wait till they find out she is a a homo and n* lover.

    • clay

      and that she sells tickets to Yankees!

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        And she wears WIGS!!!

        • OdieDenCO

          and has been married to the same man for 50 years

    • Prost Seattle

      Dolly is someone Jesus Christ would recognize as a true follower. She has done A LOT to help those less fortunate than her, and I’ve never heard her say a bad thing about anybody.

      In all of her years in business, and all of the money she has amassed and made for others, has anybody heard a bad thing about her?

      Dolly is the kind of woman who truly makes this world a better place.

  • gaycuckhubby

    She may look like a Faux Queen but is about as authentic as you can get

    • MichaelJ

      As Dolly herself put it, “My boobs are fake, my hair’s fake, but what’s real is my voice and heart.”

  • gaycuckhubby

    What a snowflake cuck
    /s

  • Reasonoverhate

    And they call us snowflakes??? SMDH….

    • Todd20036

      Projection.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I wouldn’t mind the Apocalypse so much if Dolly was riding one of the four horses.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Now I’m going to have to watch Transamerica again

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Dixie Normous could not be reached for comment.

  • Ranger One

    Saw her in concert last summer. a total joy. Really, really nice.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW25foOMkwI

    • Butch

      Strangely – I just got the new Pentatonix album and Dolly Parton is featured on one of the songs – by coincidence, Jolene. I found the version really moving because it’s Parton singing without having to worry about the Parton persona.

      • Ranger One

        She talked about her very modest upbringing. Her mother made her a dress of patchwork scraps, and she was so proud of that. They had nothing, but her mother made them feel so special.

        She also told this story about “rock soup.” The mother said to the kids to go outside and find the nicests rocks they could find. Then she would put the rocks in her soup pot to make kind of a magic soup for them.

        • Butch

          My comment wasn’t meant as criticism at all. But she, like all performers, is playing a role, at least part of the time, and she drops that persona for this song. There’s more emotion in this one performance than I usually associate with her (and I have seen her in concert).

    • skyweaver

      Awesome, thanks for posting that

  • Tawreos

    If they only had the same type of problem with the president labeling anything critical of him as fake news

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    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Love how the author of the article notes how we’re becoming more pugnacious with Trump. This is quite accurate. Ottawa has grown tired of Trump and, as also noted in the article, Canada is going around him to the source. In simpler terms, Trump has made DC somewhat irrelevant in the discussions. True, DC has the final say, but even then, with China, India and Europe knocking at our door….

    • OdieDenCO

      ok, off to Ottawa to hang around the capital steps.

      • Prost Seattle

        Won’t be able to swing a dead cat there without hitting 4 score and seven homos. And I’m already on the steps, so step back!

  • clay

    I certainly hope that all those right-wingers have been boycotting KFC, as well, since it dropped the regional identifier from its moniker.

  • iambu

    Calm the fuck down, JESSICA.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    “Jimmy Dowdy” Is upset by Dolly changing the name of something she OWNS in order to make the attraction more appealing to a wider audience.

    Suck it.

    • Strepsi

      Why do Republicans hate free market capitalism?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Funny, they’re all about business owners rights when it comes to denial of public accommodation, but when a business owner wants to change the name of the business, suddenly it’s “you can’t do that.” If the irony weren’t so damned painful, I’d probably laugh.

    • carlstrauser

      Dammit, I should have read down before commenting almost the same exact thought.

      And you said it better too.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Stampede” is still too cowboy-privileged, recalling the cruelty of stampeding innocent animals.

    • ECarpenter

      Stampeding is something animals do, not cowboys. You’re confusing stampeding with f ucking, which is what cowboys do to innocent animals.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    The southern ideas and people have been poisoned by the likes of Roy “she was 16!” Moore…. When I think of Dixie I don’t think slavery …I think old predatory white men waving small guns ,small bibles and small minds around.

  • Ben Urban

    The whiner’s tweets have 22 hearts and 8 retweets. Look out, it’s going viral!

  • GayOldLady

    Good for Dolly. It makes more sense to call it Dolly Parton’s Stampede. It belongs to Dolly, not Dixie.

    • Paul Ohbehr L

      I love your new avatar. I haven’t noticed it previously.

  • Vinny DeFeo

    Maybe the name “Dolly Parton” draws more business than “Dixie”? Not PC, but just business.

  • jimbo65

    These southern racists.lose their shit at the slightest of slights don’t they?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Flakes of snow are easy to blow

      • ECarpenter

        (shudder) I do not want to blow these snow flakes.

  • Chris Gardner

    To all those whiny ass bitches who feign outrage over her changing the name of HER business, if you adore Dixie so much, why don’t you change your first or last name to Dixie?

  • DisqusD37

    Aggrieved again! Aggrieved!

  • Chris Gardner

    Dolly is an awesome lady and has been a strong lgbt ally long before it was cool to be one.

  • Blake J Butler

    Reminder that she supported a qualified pantsuit aficionado for the Oval Office.

    Dixie is apart of Americans history of whitewashing their past, interpreting how they wanted to instead of what history says it is. Shouldn’t be naming highschools after confederate generals for example.

    And dolly does whatever the fuck she wants. She may be local but she doesn’t need burchetts approval.

  • OdieDenCO

    If Dixie wasn’t associated with racist and bigots the name would not have to be changed. it is not PC that caused the change it is the refusal of the people of Dixie to change their attitude.

    • ECarpenter

      Lots of Southerners have changed their attitudes – but the ones who have rejected the racism and hatred of the past don’t say they live in Dixie, it’s a tainted term.

    • Kruhn

      If Dixie was such a source of pride, why do Marylanders, whose border is the Mason-Dixon line call themselves from the mid Atlantic, not the South?

      • Bj Lincoln

        Maryland was neutral during the CW so they associate with the ocean and the business it brought.

        • Kruhn

          I know. Was being cheeky

  • ccc

    Let me be a politically incorrect black man and tell these haters to go shove their shriveled up little dicks into Dixie cups

    • gaycuckhubby

      I like your style sir

    • jerry

      Except you should buy a different brand: Dixie Cups are manufactured by Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.

  • Duh-David

    One of the large regional food chains serves a sandwich with white American cheese on it. Now that they’re running television promos for it, the ads say, “with Swiss American cheese.” Clearly a result of bullying by the Social Justice League.

    • Mikey

      to be fair, wouldn’t “white American cheese” be a mild cheddar, while “Swiss American cheese” would be American-made Gruyere?

      • Duh-David

        You would think, but in much of the U.S., white American cheese is just American cheese without the annatto or artificial coloring. Swiss American doesn’t exist outside of ad agencies.

        • Mikey

          I guess I was thinking more along the lines of “american-made” Swiss cheese (Gruyere).

      • Bluto

        For many there’s only 2 types of cheese; white or yellow. Don’t cornfuse them.

        • charemor

          Don’t forget Velveeta!

    • BearEyes

      “American cheese” is a pasteurised, processed cheese-food product. It’s not cheese and claiming it’s Swiss is just insulting real Swiss.
      One of many reasons I hate misleading marketing

  • Paula

    She can name it whatever she wants to.

  • Mike C

    People upset that Dolly has suddenly gone “social justice warrior” must not know Dolly very well at all.

    And frankly with all the money and resources she’s devoted to that area of Tennessee and other parts of Appalachia over the last 40 years, turning what would be a hellhole of poverty into one of the country’s top tourist spots those people can kindly STFU.

    • Lazycrockett

      Her book program is a shining star!

  • lymis

    She has, from pretty much day one of her career, focused whenever possible on bringing people together, smoothing over tensions, sending out love and class, and just generally being a wonderful person in every way she seems to have available to her.

    If these people objecting to this had one hundredth of the class and genuine human goodwill she has in her little finger, “Dixie” wouldn’t be a problematical term in the first place.

    • prixator

      I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that almost every one of the people expressing their objection to Dolly’s decision is a Trump supporter,

  • lymis

    I love the story she tells:

    “I make jokes about it, but it’s the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn’t know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. Momma used to say, “Aw, she’s just trash,” and I thought, That’s what I want to be when I grow up. Trash.”

    This is not a woman overly concerned about what bigots think of her.

    • gaycuckhubby

      I love it! I was just starting to share that story down thread.

  • Butch

    And for whatever controversy there is about the name, I have to say that Pigeon Forge is actually one of the nastiest places I’ve ever visited.

    • EdA

      Oh no. I hope not. The Derek and Romaine Show (www.derekandromaine.com) is planning a fan pilgrimmage to Dollywood in the Fall.

    • charemor

      White trash Las Vegas.

  • Lazycrockett

    Dolly is pretty much a business woman first and foremost and this change is good for her brand. Good for Dolly.

    • robindaybird

      and she’s actually a pretty damn good person, one of the earliest supporters for lgbt acceptance, and pushed hard against the sexism that’s running rampant in the country genre

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    So what about Dolly for (Democratic) President? She would get a LOT of the Southern Trump voters, we know she’s for justice and equality and behind the dumb blonde facade is, by all accounts, a very smart cookie.

  • penpal

    Cue the fauxtrage from right-wing racist assholes, and immediately afterwards cue the vapid arguments from liberal apologist enablers who will babble incoherently about how we shouldn’t erase history. I’m done with both groups.

  • carlstrauser

    I would have thought all those conservatives would be supporting Dolly in her decision to exercise her rights as a business owner to legally do whatever she wants.

    Huh.

    Guess that’s that there hypocrisy coming back around again.

    • Chris Baker

      “Wow, the name of my business offends some people, I guess maybe I should change it.”

      Sounds reasonable.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I love how she’s basically a gay man. she has fun with her sexuality, has a racy public persona, has been married for decades with no children, appears to be in a monogamish marriage, and her life’s work is to make art and spread Joy.

  • Jon Doh

    When I was a young man Dolly helped me confirm my gayness. I worked at one of her concerts and at the end she personally thanked all of us from the local venue and kissed us on the forehead. Obviously that positioned her bodacious boobs around my neck and instead of thinking about what I would like to do with them, I was thinking about her outfit.

    I was impressed with her graciousness and appreciation for her fans. It showed in everything she did.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      I love this story.

      • Jon Doh

        This was back in the late seventies as she was getting popular as a solo artist. It was a small stadium and as I stood at the side of the stage, I noticed as a fan would stand to take a photo of her, she would move the microphone off to the side and look directly at that person until the flash went off. Who else would care that the fans got a great photo? Class act back then and I believe she still is.

    • JCF

      Did “all of us” include young women, too? [Because I think that might have confirmed MY gayness, too!]

  • EdA

    Keeping in mind also that the “Show Me” state still has a murderously racist reputation, it only makes sense for Dolly to make it clear that her theatre in Branson is associated with HER (as various other performers have their names clearly associated with their venues). Probably most people who would go to a place labelled Dixie would be willing to go to a place labelled Dolly Parton’s and to buy T-shirts and other merchandise as well, whereas there are probably a lot of people who wouldn’t be comfortable attending a performance at a place labelled “Dixie” and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing something emblazoned with “Dixie.”

    After all, it’s Dolly Parton’s own business how she chooses to promote her businesses, the same as any other business owner.

  • ECarpenter

    They’re all for states’ rights unless your state does something they don’t like, and they’re all for corporate rights unless your corporation does something they don’t like.

    And they are totally incapable of seeing their own hypocrisy.

  • KnownDonorDad

    How long before this becomes the War of Dolly Aggression?

  • Daveed_WOW

    Dolly just threw the bigots under the tour bus.

  • JWC

    good move

  • -M-

    Make the word ‘Dixie’ toxic, then whine about “political correctness” when good people don’t want to be associated with it. 🔄

  • Treant

    Well, at least they use American flags instead of Traitor Flags. So I’d say they were 90% of the way to Perfectly OK before they started.

    There’s nothing wrong with saying something is in Dixie; we know what you mean. And when you’re Dolly Parton, there’s very little doubt as to where you stand on things. 🙂 So I’m glad she did this, but don’t really feel she needed to.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Edumacate me please. What’s wrong with the name “Dixie”?

  • TheManicMechanic

    As if I didn’t need more reasons to admire Dolly. Good going!

  • Dayglo

    Dolly knows her stuff. She could teach Washington Redskins management a thing of two.

  • Randy

    A little more than 50 years ago, Judy Garland changed the lyric from the old Al Jolson favorite she was singing in concerts and on television, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody.” She kept the Dixie, but had a reference to “Old Black Joe” changed to “soft and low”, and sang it that way afterward. Everyone understood, no one complained about political correctness, and the world as we knew it went on. Plus, at the end of the day, I guess Dolly Parton can change her show if she wants to.

  • JCF

    About time, but thanks, Dolly.

  • Ore Carmi

    “Dolly Parton has officially allowed liberals to beat her down”–Yeah, because she’s SO conservative! /s