Multiple news sources over the last few weeksIncluding NPR) Run the story Dolly PartonWith the royalties she made, claiming she had Whitney HoustonThe cover of “I Will Always Love You” was invested in the black community of Nashville decades ago. These reports couldn’t admit how accurately the singer invested in the neighborhood — beyond buying real estate in a highly gentrified area in recent decades — Parton’s own claims. He also made a misleading claim about. The report resurfaced an American love affair with a country star. Regular fact checks have been overlooked because media sources have become so fast in providing a pleasing story to the general public about Parton.
Dolly Parton is spending a moment — and so for the past half century.The singer who took a big break first Porter Wagoner Show In 1967, he endured as one of the most savvy business minds in the entertainment industry, transforming himself from a great singer-songwriter over the past few decades and becoming a life-size figure that expanded the brand to include themes. rice field. Parks, popular movies, and her own adorable caricatures that have been fascinated for generations.
Parton’s tireless work ethic and cheerful personality have created a strong desire of the American people for an endless stream of pleasing Paton content, amplified during the turbulent times of the Trump, Black Lives Matter, and coronavirus pandemics. I did. However, while the singer’s widespread appeal has long connected fans across race, sexuality, and political beliefs, her persona has shown almost saint-like symptoms in recent years.
There are many news articles about Parton’s often deserved praise. In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, the singer donated $ 1 million to fund the Moderna vaccine. After Black Lives Matter gained mainstream attention last summer, Parton expressed his support for Black Lives. Notorious conservative Country music industry.
A recent false report that Parton claimed to have invested in the black community decades ago was about how collective enthusiasm for the singer drove her beyond blame, and proper fact-finding. Raises doubts.
With Bravo’s recent appearance See what happens with Andy CohenParton was asked what was her best purchase from over $ 10 million, earned from the cover of Whitney Houston’s 1992 song “I Will Always Love You.”
Parton explained that he bought the property in the then Black district of Nashville, Sebia Park, saying, “It was a great place to think of it as Whitney,” and “I thought this was great, so my people. But come here with some of her people. “
Shortly after the interview aired, several articles appeared, pointing out the story as evidence that the singer resembled a long-standing civil rights icon, and the black community long before Black Lives Matter became mainstream. Supported. Most notable The Washington Post ran the story (Causes some additional stories) Parton misrepresented that he bought the property in Sevier Park in 1997, and without direct evidence other than the purchase of the property in question, the singer of the black community in Nashville. Depicted as a champion. These claims came after the singer was recently forced to rename her “Dixie Stampede” dinner show to celebrate the alliance, and are also examining the details of Parton’s property ownership claims. not.
Online real estate records from the Nashville Planning Department show that Parton has acquired the property in question. Two adjacent compartments on the corner of 12th Ave S and Elmwood Avenue. 1990 When 1991 (Then moved to Parton’s trust in 1997) — In 1992, before the Houston cover was a huge success. body guard soundtrack. These stories were also presented without explicit instructions on how she contributed to the black community beyond the purchase of real estate-the compound has a large gate built around it-the past dozens. A highly gentrified area over the years, now called 12, one of the whitest, tourist-led and expensive areas of the South and Nashville.
according to Jessica Wilkerson, Associate Professor of History, West Virginia University and The person who wrote about the existence of Parton in a popular imaginationParton’s recollection of the real estate in question is part of a pattern of how the singer described her real estate investment and how she branded herself.
Just as the singer claims to have bought real estate in Sevier Park as a way to give back to the black community, Paton does the same when discussing real estate owned in Sevier County, the region of East Tennessee where she is from. She now co-owns Dollywood, a popular theme park bearing her name.
“”[Parton] When she buys real estate, she has a pattern that claims to invest in places that are helping people, “explains Wilkerson. “When she’s doing it in her hometown, I think she can escape with it. It’s hard to do it in a black community where she doesn’t live and doesn’t come from, and she has real estate. I’m doing it as a wealthy white man who can buy it. “
Parton’s purchase of real estate at the then Sevia Park, in the heart of Nashville, also took place in parallel with the wider nationwide scale. trend This is an example of “urban regeneration” in which many white Americans returned to the city center and began to expel colored inhabitants in the process. Downtown Nashville also began renovations in the 1990s, including the restoration of the historic Ryman Auditorium in 1994.
according to Learotha Williams Jr.The purchase of Sevier Park’s assets by African Americans at Tennessee State University and Associate Professor of Public History, Parton, should not be construed as a conscious contribution to the black community there, and should not be interpreted as a conscious contribution to the black community there, Gentrification in Nashville. It should be interpreted as part of the larger story of fiction.
“She invested money in areas with a rich black history, but they were actively weakened as a result of gentrification,” he explains. Williams Jr., the story of Sebia Park is part of a larger historical pattern in the city, with similar trends in black migration in East Nashville, North Nashville, Edge Hill, Neighborhood with black residents Actively fight gentrification..
The recent report of Parton as the champion of the black community is not the first time the star’s name has been mysteriously mentioned in a conversation about racial justice. For the past year, as the demand for the removal of the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan’s first Grand Wizard, from the Tennessee State Capitol has increased, they have made the statue a Dolly Parton monument. others, Including writer Marcus K. DowningSuggested that black-figure pots such as Aida B. Wells would be a good alternative to Forest busts.
The growing obsession with Parton raises the question of why the media and the wider American population have developed such a strong desire for stories about country music stars.
To MacArthur Fellow Dr. Tressy McMillancotm, Associate Professor iSchool at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and someone who wrote about her. “Dolly moment” Such a story isn’t really about the singer, but the American public has invested deeply in her positive portrayal – and that’s what it says about themselves.
“This isn’t about Dolly,” explains McMillan Kottom. “Love Dolly is a substitute for how we correct our love for the country, as Dolly is part of that American apple pie iconography.”
When unpleasant racial conversations are at the forefront of national dialogue, McMillan Kotto explains that Parton provides grace from its news cycle, explaining: Our citizenship, the bonds of the country. [Parton’s] How to do it even if you are not a nationalist. “
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