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.
Are you kidding me? #dollyparton is kowtowing to the PC police and removing #Dixie from her show in #Branson, now i… https://t.co/ClyLusLeRb— DeniseGallia (@DeniseGallia)1515592900.0
Hoping this is a phone news hoax, Very sad Dixie Stampede is dying :( Moment of Silence) @DollyParton— Sky (@Sky)1515592180.0
Dolly Parton drops the name "Dixie" because it not PC. Very disappointed in her. I guess Dixie Cups isn't PC. Sho… https://t.co/LjOzaHsqPR— Columbus County Vols (@Columbus County Vols)1515588232.0
@DollyParton If this Miss Dolly you need to stop this renaming of Dixie. Very sad. Good bye. Good luck.— Ron Sellers Go MAGA (@Ron Sellers Go MAGA)1515578398.0
Bad move @DollyParton ! Dixie stampede should not be messed with!— Sonya Curl (@Sonya Curl)1515567228.0
wow they changed the name of the Dixie Stampede to Dolly Parton’s Stampede because someone was offended by the word “dixie”......— maybe: em (@maybe: em)1515562534.0
@DollyParton so your doing away with the word “Dixie” huh. After years of supporting you, I have to say you are pat… https://t.co/kPOJdnYvwA— Just_Me (@Just_Me)1515558078.0
@DollyParton are y’all taking the nativity out of the show too? Screw all of you that had a part to play in changin… https://t.co/hsCu5RAotW— 💯 Cindi Ryan (@💯 Cindi Ryan)1515554962.0
Just like all the Confederate monuments they and I mean Pigeon Forge,TN is removing "DIXIE" from their business's i… https://t.co/SyM0DcikTl— David L.Cornell (@David L.Cornell)1515550753.0
Dolly Parton's 'Dixie Stampede' renamed https://t.co/vSI53hRahc So stupid catering to idiots! That is what is wron… https://t.co/QoFvyAnZhG— Cin (@Cin)1515549004.0
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 (@Amanda Gibson)1515544080.0
@seanhannity So Dolly Parton is now changing the name of her dinner show located in Pigeon Forge, TN from Dixie Sta… https://t.co/TST9OFu7Fd— steve keener (@steve keener)1515553864.0
@DollyParton it is so very sad that you have allowed others political views to make you change your DIXIE Stampedes… https://t.co/OH6rHI2eye— concerened citizen (@concerened citizen)1515545795.0
@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… https://t.co/HiihJBu2RV— styl queen (@styl queen)1515545949.0