This time we’re gonna talk about changes. As you know, a lot of representatives of the country music have warm and kind hearts. Dolly Parton is another proof of this statement. Throughout her life and career, the artist has shown many times that she relies on her heart to make decisions that affect her personal life, music, and business. When the network got information about Dolly’s intention to rename one of the most famous attractions tied to her East Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, the fans did not doubt that this decision was taken on the basis of deep thought and concern for them.
The park, named after Dolly, is part of an extensive network of institutions, including places such as Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The list of attractions also includes Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, which will now go by the name of Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Also, the network has its locations in both Branson and Pigeon Forge, according to Rare Country.
The need for change became necessary when people were affected by the word “dixie”. The question was in cultural disagreements. According to the Austin American-Statesman, there was a “public criticism that the long-running Civil War-themed show romanticized the slavery-era south.” The official website of the show was described as “pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry.” That “public criticism” gained momentum last August, right after the review of the show, published by Slate.
“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Dolly said in a recent statement. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities.”
There is interest in several parts of the United States and internationally to host one of our unique dinner attraction shows,” added Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments (WCI), representative of the company that runs and supports Dolly’s dinner shows. “We provide spectacular family entertainment at a great value. We continually listen to our guests and our desire to expand coupled with our desire to stay relevant in today’s changing world led us to simplify our shows’ names.”
The described news could not help but cause a stormy reaction from the fans. Powerful comments shone with sadness and disappointment. The WBIR television station, which was following the dramatic course of events, went back to a spokesperson at the WCI in order not to draw conclusions based only on the angry comments on the network, but also to ask his own opinion.
“It’s really about that misunderstanding by the developers and others as to what the show is, and that affects our opportunities to expand the business elsewhere,” WCI spokesperson Pete Owens said. “It caused us some issues because it created a mischaracterization as to what our show is about. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is about America. It’s about all of America. We certainly welcome all of our guest opinions and what their input is, and we have for 30 years, and part of these changes that we are making are all because we listen to our guests. We try to create family entertainment that welcomes everyone, and when we create those shows we want to make sure that when your family comes to our show that you feel comfortable.”
Knowing Dolly, she is probably very worried about this situation. She already has something to focus on. For example, the continued success of her latest album “I Believe In You,” her first ever collection of children’s songs. Good luck, Dolly!