Dolly Parton‘s dinner show attractions are getting a name makeover.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede — which currently has performances in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri — are dropping the “Dixie” from their brand name to avoid negative connotations with the antebellum South ahead of the 2018 season. “Dixie” is a nickname for the 11 Confederate states that seceded from the country during the Civil War era.
“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” the country singer said in a statement through World Choice Investments, LLC, the attraction’s parent company. “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.”
Do you agree with this? Dixie Stampede is now Dolly Parton’s Stampede and the name change is already up outside on the building after the announcement was made Tuesday. Photo courtesy: Clifford Joyner from Sevier Co. @wbir pic.twitter.com/F9A9uwKoBa
— Madison Wade (@madisoncwade) January 10, 2018
An August 2017 Slate article criticized the performance as “a lily-white kitsch extravaganza that play-acts the Civil War but never once mentions slavery.” However, some say the change was a bend to political correctness.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett told Knox News, “Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she’s done for our community, which is her community, and I’m disappointed that they’re yielding to political correctness. What’s next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company? You know, I just hope they don’t change their Christmas program.”
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— SassyPatriotGirl (@PatriotSassy) January 10, 2018
— Miss Reb (@miss_reb) January 10, 2018
@DollyParton so your doing away with the word “Dixie” huh. After years of supporting you, I have to say you are pathetic. You’ve became a sellout because that’s what this comes down to. Money. Your pathetic and I for one hope you see this. Money is worth your heritage huh. #$ $ $ $ $
— Just_Me (@jhendry40) January 10, 2018
— DeniseGallia (@onlinelady77) January 10, 2018
So @DollyParton decided to side with the democrats. She is removing “Dixie” from The Dixie Stampede. I visit Pigeon Forge about 5 times a year and I will not be doing Dollywood or anything else with her name attached to it.
— Mike Clark (@mikclrk1) January 9, 2018
— MD (@USMCYEMX) January 11, 2018
So Dolly Parton has dropped the “Dixie” from Dixie Stampede. I guess “Yankee” Candle will be next?
— BeccaBlueBelle (@BeccaBlueBelle7) January 11, 2018
Many Twitter users joined Burchett in their disappointment of the name change.
“Don’t let the libs do this to your heritage!!! Don’t let them shame the heart of Dixie!” one wrote.
Another added, “Are y’all taking the nativity out of the show too? Screw all of you that had a part to play in changing the name and removing.”
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