Dolly Parton Apologizes Over Dollywood Gay-Rights T-Shirt Incident
Dolly Parton has apologized to a fan who was ordered to turn her gay-rights T-shirt inside-out before she was allowed to enter the star's Dollywood theme park.
An unnamed woman visiting Dollywood's Splash Country in Tennessee last month with her female partner was stopped by the park's security who took issue with her top, which was emblazoned with the slogan 'Marriage is so gay'.
She was asked to turn the T-shirt inside-out to adhere to the venue's "strict dress code," and agreed to the request before entering. She filed an official complaint with park bosses after her visit, and now Parton has apologized over the incident - insisting she fully supports the gay community.
The singer says in a statement, "I am truly sorry for any 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."
"We do have a policy about profanity or controversial messages on clothing or signs. It is to protect the individual wearing or carrying them, as well as to keep down fights or problems by those opposed to it at the park. We even offer free shirts in exchange to those who want to remain on the park.
"I am and was on tour when this was brought to my attention and 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."