Why Dolly Parton rejected Presidential Medal of Freedom twice

Dolly Parton.
Dolly Parton.

US superstar, Dolly Parton has revealed why she rejected the nation’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.

Dolly Parton, 75 in an interview with TODAY said that former President Donald Trump’s administration tried to give her the honour but she had to turn it down.

“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID,” she explained, adding that she has since heard from President Joe Biden about the award as well.

“Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure.

“But I don’t work for those awards,” she continued.

“It’d be nice but I’m not sure that I even deserve it. But it’s a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it.”

TODAY’s Hoda Kotb assured her saying, “I think everyone thinks you might deserve it.

First, former President Obama admitted in December that overlooking Parton for the nation’s highest civilian honour was a mistake he would try to remedy via the Biden’s administration.

The Medal of Freedom was established by President Truman in 1945. Per executive-order update by President Kennedy in 1963, the medal now is given to citizens who have made an “especially meritorious contribution” to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.

Clearly, Parton has paved the way for world peace with her hands-off political stance, but yes, she’s most likely a nominee for cultural achievements. Though she did make a million-dollar donation to vaccine research last year.


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