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American country singer Dolly Parton revealed that she twice rejected the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the Donald Trump administration.
The artist said she did not accept the awards because her husband was ill and did not want to travel due to the pandemic.
Parton is not sure if she would accept the medal from President Joe Biden, as it could be seen as a political gesture.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian recognition in the United States and it has numerous categories.
Previous recipients include Bruce Springsteen, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Bill and Melinda Gates, among others.
What is the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom
- It is the highest civilian recognition in the United States.
- It began to be presented in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy, replacing the Medal of Freedom.
- It is awarded for: “An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other important public or private endeavors.”
- Main categories of the awardees: politics, business, military, music, cinema, and journalism.
What exactly did Parton say?
Dolly Parton was interviewed on the show Today from the American television network NBC.
“They offered me the freedom award from the Trump government. I could not accept it because my husband was sick. Then they consulted me again about it and I would not have traveled because of the covid,” he said.
The singer said that she had already been contacted by the Biden government and assured: “Now I feel that if I accept it, it will be to do politics, so I’m not so sure.”
Parton added that she doesn’t feel worthy of the award. “But it’s a good compliment let people think that I could deserve it“he added.
Aside from his musical career, Parton has a history of philanthropy dating back several decades.
She supported child literacy initiatives through her Dollywood foundation and also donated and raised money for wildlife and HIV / AIDS charities.
The artist donated $ 1 million last year to research covid vaccines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
This was one of the trial sites for Moderna’s vaccine, which has been approved for use in several countries, including the UK and the US.
Last year, comedian Stephen Colbert asked former President Barack Obama why the country singer didn’t have the award yet.
“I think I assumed she already had one and that was wrong. I’m surprised, she deserves one, “Obama said, adding that he would call Biden to discuss the matter.
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Dolly Parton: why the singer twice rejected the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump