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Dolly Parton Apologizes for Gay T-Shirt Incident

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"Sorry, y'all!"

We told you in July about the lesbian who was forced to turn her pro-gay marriage t-shirt inside out in order to enter Dollywood’s Splash Country. The situation sucked, the handling of it sucked, but we remained confident that when Dolly herself heard of the shenanigans, there would be hell to pay.

Homegirl makes us proud today by releasing an apology to Olivier Odom, and her family for the trouble that went down.

“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.”

Dolly adds that the policies on clothing or signs with profanity or controversial messages are in place to protect the person wearing the shirt and keep disturbances at the park to a minimum. Dolly concludes saying, “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.”

Big thanks to Olivier for being brave enough to speak out about the embarrassing situation, and to Dolly for making it right!

(via ABC News)

  • Seems to me like Dolly needs to get a handle on the homophobes that are working at her park. 

  • From what I’ve read, she’s not “technically” in charge of Dollywood, therefore this incident was not her fault, so her having to apologize is outrageous.  She’s a wonderful woman, though, to understand and stand up for LGBT people in the face of bigotry :3

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  • Jason L. Cowden

    This happened to me years ago on Gay Day at Dollywood (not endorsed by the park, it is a day planned by the area gay communities to all go to Dollywood on the same day and have fun as a community.) We were to wear red shirts so we could identify one another. My red shirt just happened to say “My Boyfriend Kisses Better than Yours.” I was cornered by two security guards and told to turn my shirt inside out or be escorted out of the park by force.

  • Robert Johnston

    Policies on clothing with controversial messages to keep incidents to a minimum is logical.  Is it really necessary to put Ms. D through this this?

  • Gretchen R. WhoDat Chateau

    Dolly’s name is on the park.  Makes sense that she would be the place where the buck stops.  Hooray for her for having the sensitivity to do so.  A little sensitivity training for the employees wouldn’t hurt.

  • Dolly will make it right. She totally rocks and has the LGBT’s back.

  • 1stGorch

    I agree that, no, she shouldn’t have to go through something like this.  I am just gratefull that she stood up and spoke out on the issue.

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