According to Dolly Parton, she was asked, not once but twice, to come to DC and be awarded the Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump! However, the living legend refused both times, but not out of principle and in protest of Trump’s controversial moves while in power!
What better way to show one’s disapproval of someone else than to turn down something really desirable if it has to come from them?
Dolly definitely had that power in her hands but it appears that she would have actually received the honor if not for other circumstances.
Still, upon learning about it, social media could not stop praising her!
It’s no secret that, aside from being such a well-known and beloved singer, Dolly Parton is also a very passionate and involved philanthropist, and yet, she still hasn’t received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her efforts.
However, as mentioned before, it was not for lack of effort!
She explained, during her new interview with TODAY, that it was not because of her dislike of the former POTUS that she turned it down.
Instead, ‘I couldn’t accept it because my husband [Carl Dean] was ill and then they asked me once again and I would not travel because of COVID.’
That’s not to say that she’s lost her chance forever as Dolly shared that she’s already heard about it again, this time from Joe Biden – just three weeks into his presidency!
‘Now I feel like if I take it, I will be doing politics, so I am not sure. I don’t work for those awards. I am not sure that I even deserve it. But it is a nice compliment for people to think I might deserve it.’
Her fans definitely think so and some praised her for not taking the medal from Trump, even though it was not supposed to be a political move.
For instance, author Saeed Jones tweeted: ‘It always feels like you are walking to the edge of a cliff the more you openly declare your love for a celebrity but damn, Dolly ain’t failed us yet.’
Other users praised her ‘moral compass’ while another expressed their hope that their daughter would grow up to be just like the star!