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 7:50 PM
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Gotta give the Dollywood folks credit for cancelling the meeting. The 2 women wanting to bring that other person along would have served no purpose other than to generate some more exposure in the news.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:37 PM
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Lord Gonchar is so gay.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:40 PM

Holy Mackerel!

I finally got one right!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:40 PM

I am shocked and offended by some of the comments in this thread. Shocked and offended I say.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:44 PM
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GoBucks89 said:
I am shocked and offended by some of the comments in this thread. Shocked and offended I say.

Some, well, a couple, ok maybe none of the posters here on CB apologize if you're offended and shocked by what was said..

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming

Last edited by 67440Dodge, Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:56 AM
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:53 PM
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GoBucks is do gay. Or maverick.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 9:04 PM

Podcasts will be replaced with sensitivity sessions. And lots of them. I demand it.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 9:38 PM

Sensitivity Sessions are so....

;-)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:09 PM
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I miss the Gay 90's.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:20 AM
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Brian Noble said:
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.

Yep. Semantically, it's a very fine line between "apologizing" and actually taking responsibility.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:08 PM

To me, that such statements are reviewed by PR/legal departments takes away much of the meaning they otherwise may have had. What the park does in response beyond the statement is what really matters. Actions speak louder than words in any event but in cases like this, I think that is even more true.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 2:26 PM
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GoBucks89 said:
Podcasts will be replaced with sensitivity sessions. And lots of them. I demand it.

Gonch can facilitate with his nurturing ways.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 6:56 PM
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To quote Demetri Martin:

Saying "I apologize" is the very same as saying "I'm sorry" - they're the very same.

Unless you're at a funeral.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:50 PM

Here is a CNN news clip I came across of Dolly talking about love and segregation. She's so great, she makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Also, I'm glad she directly commented on the incident... she didn't have to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlZkvC5J_9w&feature=player_embedded

Last edited by aerodynamic, Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:52 PM
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:57 PM

Jerry said:
I miss the Gay 90's.

One of the best clubs in the nation. But I digress.

Dear Attention-Whoring Lesbians at Dollywood:

You're not helping the cause. You should be thanking Dolly for loving teh geys unconditionally. Furthermore, this isn't about you, the gay rights movement or your right to be an "equal." It's about your shirt.

Love,
GW


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 10:07 PM
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Very good, that's one opinion (that may or may not be shared by a few folks on here).


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