Dolly Parton apologizes for "gay" T-shirt incident at Dollywood

Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:11 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Dolly Parton has weighed in on an episode at Dollywood's Splash Country in which a same-sex Knoxville couple were asked to leave because of the shirt one of them wore. Olivier Odom and her partner Jennifer Tipton, were entering the park when a Splash Country employee told Odom she would have to turn her pro-gay marriage T-shirt that read "Marriage Is So Gay" inside out before entering.

Read more and see video from The Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:16 PM

So....is the final verdict that "so gay" is just TOO gay, but regular "not in your face gay" is A-OK...or is Dolly committing to the "gay agenda"? ;)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:18 PM

Dolly has a huge ghey following. She is the Tennessee version of Donna Summer.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:57 PM

This was all I was expecting - a simple clarification of what she needed to say. I think this goes a long way toward any hurt feelings. It's too bad it happened, let's move on.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1:23 PM

I am very pleased.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1:40 PM

Which one is Oliver?

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1:49 PM

delan said:
Dolly has a huge ghey following. She is the Tennessee version of Donna Summer.

Only with much bigger cups!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 2:14 PM

Dolly rocks. This is good - now everyone knows that Dolly is ok with glbt folks and everyone is welcome.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:22 PM

Dolly ftw.

Is it just me, or does this style of "apology" bug others too? This:

Dollywood also apologizes if you felt uncomfortable or hurt in any way during your visit.

Is not an apology, IMO. "If you were" implies "but you should not have been." Instead, I would say: "apologizes for the discomfort you felt during your visit."

I'm sure that would get me in trouble with HFEC's general counsel, but still.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:31 PM

Jerry said:
let's move on.

I moved on pretty much when this whole non-issue hit the press.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:45 PM

Brian Noble said:
I'm sure that would get me in trouble with HFEC's general counsel, but still.

As with CF, WDW, SFI, etc....the legal advisors always get the last word.

As in...I rest my case.. ;)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3:51 PM

Vater said:


I moved on pretty much when this whole non-issue hit the press.

Yeah? Well, I was over it before it even happened.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:17 PM

The only thing that puzzles me is why people pick the outfits they do to go to an amusement park in the first place. There should be a website dedicated to bad amusement park outfits.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:37 PM

^ Look at me... look at me.....!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 4:41 PM

The park can't allow one person to make a political statement on one side of an issue without allowing people to make statements from the other side. Simple as that. How would these women feel if they were confronted by someone wearing a shirt with the words "so gay" on it, with the "other" meaning?

I don't know why everyone has a need to be in everyone's face anymore about how they think, feel, vote, etc.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:18 PM

CoasterDemon said:
Dolly rocks. This is good - now everyone knows that Dolly is ok with glbt folks and everyone is welcome.

That's one of the many reasons why I love her. :)

-Tina

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:55 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Yeah? Well, I was over it before it even happened.

Oh yeah? Well...

I got nuthin.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:05 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
I don't know why everyone has a need to be in everyone's face anymore about how they think, feel, vote, etc.

I blame Facebook. Everyone thinks their status and viewpoints are important to everyone else on the planet.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:40 PM

^How about not signing blame? We are complex humans who have feelings, emotions and different points of view that don't all match up. That's not too much of a shocking concept.

Some of us share everything on our mind; some of us repeat ourselves a little too much (me) about what we feel strong about; some don't care and keep it to themselves. Then you have a million places in between all that.

Obviously, the couples' POV was valid and important to some. Some folks don't care, some folks are (oddly) offended that someone would speak up about it, etc. I sure as heck wasn't there that day when it happened, I don't know what really happened or in what tone it was said.

Any way you look at it, I see the end result as completely harmless and a good thing if anything.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:01 PM

This story is so gay.

:)

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