"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," Parton said, in response to the protests that have continued since George Floyd's murder at the hands of police. "And of course, Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"
Parton also addressed her decision to remove the word "Dixie" from her popular "Dixie Stampede" dinner theater attraction. (In 2017, Parton changed the name to Dolly Parton's Stampede.)
"There's such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that," Parton said. "When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody. This is a business. We'll just call it The Stampede.' As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a dumbass. That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose."
And while she's as busy and healthy as ever, the "I Will Always Love You" singer also said she's working on preparing her will and getting her estate in order-- just to be prepared.
"I would not want to leave that mess to somebody else," Parton said. "A word to all the other artists out there: If you haven't made those provisions, do that. You don't want to leave that mess to your family for people to have to fight over. You need to take care of that yourself, even if it's a pain in the ass -- and it is."
Parton will release her first Christmas album in 30 years, A Holly Dolly Christmas, on October 2. The album features duets with Billy Ray Cyrus, goddaughter Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, brother Randy Parton and Michael Bublé.