Dolly Parton is changing the name of a popular entertainment show to exclude a reference to the Confederacy — and internet racists howled.
The country music legend decided to drop “Dixie” from her decades-old horseback “stampede” dinner show at the Missouri entertainment destination in recognition that “attitudes change,” reported the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Instead of being called the “Dixie Stampede,” the show will be called Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Parton said. “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.”
Some of Parton’s fans lashed out angrily on Twitter.
— DeniseGallia (@onlinelady77) January 10, 2018
Hoping this is a phone news hoax, Very sad Dixie Stampede is dying :( Moment of Silence) @DollyParton
— Oogie The Great (@Tsamsiyu) January 10, 2018
Dolly Parton drops the name "Dixie" because it not PC. Very disappointed in her. I guess Dixie Cups isn't PC. Should people named "Dixie" be shunned until they change their name? #DollyParton I'm just saying. This may backfire #Dolly.
— Columbus County Vols (@NCSCVCAMP794) January 10, 2018
If this Miss Dolly you need to stop this renaming of Dixie. Very sad. Good bye. Good luck.
— Ron Sellers Go MAGA (@ronsellers1847) January 10, 2018
Bad move @DollyParton ! Dixie stampede should not be messed with!
— Sonya Curl (@TamaleLadyKnox) January 10, 2018
— SassyPatriotGirl (@PatriotSassy) January 10, 2018
wow they changed the name of the Dixie Stampede to Dolly Parton’s Stampede because someone was offended by the word “dixie”……
— em (@Queenemilyy_) 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
— Miss Reb (@miss_reb) January 10, 2018
Just like all the Confederate monuments they and I mean Pigeon Forge,TN is removing "DIXIE" from their business's including Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. She is caving in to all those who want to change everything Southern.When the hell will all this liberal bullshit ever end? https://t.co/3vLLEsic7s
— David L.Cornell (@ussboston) January 10, 2018
Dolly Parton's 'Dixie Stampede' renamed https://t.co/vSI53hRahc So stupid catering to idiots! That is what is wrong with society. Freaks can't handle words..except for the F bomb!
— Cin (@slow_cmap) January 10, 2018
@DollyParton Dixie Stampede is a great family friendly atmosphere. The term Dixie is often used in reference to the south. Taking it out of the show, something you built to be so much fun and entertaining for families is a sign of weakness. If you give in everyone gives in. #sad
— Chris young (@chrisyoung0115) January 10, 2018
You were my idol! Why would you let them remove "Dixie" from Stampede?! You have lost so many fans because of this. @DollyParton
— Amanda Gibson (@mandycliff97) January 10, 2018
So Dolly you're not going to answer the question I mean everybody wants to know why the hell you're taking Dixie Stampede and taking the word Dixie out I meant how in the hell can the word Dixie offend somebody this world has turned upside down and you're helping
— Diane Gordon (@Kempo69Diane) January 9, 2018
@seanhannity So Dolly Parton is now changing the name of her dinner show located in Pigeon Forge, TN from Dixie Stampede to Dolly's Stampede. I guess you can just imagine why. Totally insane.
— steve keener (@keeners1) January 10, 2018
— K W (@kweaver9406) January 9, 2018
@DollyParton it is so very sad that you have allowed others political views to make you change your DIXIE Stampedes name. The name of the attraction SHOULD not be changed because someone gets mad. The name has been around for many years. #changeitback #STAMPEDE #standup #USA
— concerened citizen (@VOTEFORTRUMP9) January 10, 2018
@DollyParton hey I'm with you dolly I ain't letting them take away our Dixie stamped ok I am going to fight for it I have went there sense I was a kid and so did my mom those are my memory's and you are great to make Dixie stamped keep it running pleas🙁🙁
— styl queen (@QStyl) January 10, 2018
Political correctness run a muck! “Dixie” offends the snow flakes. Maybe Dolly Parton is a snowflake! https://t.co/OAOlxPf4vs
— Michael Deyton (@mdeyton) January 10, 2018
— FirstinLine (@SouthernBeeler) January 10, 2018