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WATCH: GOP Senator Questions Appropriateness Of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Books — And Her Sister Goes Off

WATCH: GOP Senator Questions Appropriateness Of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Books — And Her Sister Goes Off

Dolly Parton Medal of Freedom refusal

Everybody loves Dolly Parton, but there might be no greater love for the star and philanthropist than that of her sister Stella. This can be seen in her quick defense for Dolly when a GOP state Senator for Kentucky dared to question whether books selected by Parton’s Imagination Library program would be both “age-appropriate” and “subject-appropriate.”

Dolly Parton Medal of Freedom refusal
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You can watch the hearing below, with Kentucky State Senator Stephen Meridith’s comments starting at the 6:45 mark. What you’re seeing is a hearing on a proposal that would have the State of Kentucky provide funding to bring the program to more children in the state. Partnering with private groups helps the Imagination Library deliver free books, one per month from birth to age 5, to children across the country, but these private groups often have geographical limits. This bill would make the program accessible to more children in Kentucky.

However, Meridith had a concern: would the books be appropriate?

“Only concern, this may be a strong statement, don’t mean it as such, but on page one, section two, we talk about age-appropriate books and I think that certainly is warranted given today’s environment but I wonder if that’s enough. you know, should it be uh subject appropriate as well?”

He goes on to say that he’s seen books for kids as young as preschool in which he doesn’t consider the subject matter appropriate for the age group.

Though Meridith doesn’t get into specifics, Republicans have been fighting to get literature addressing LGBT issues and racism out of schools.

Stella Parton wasn’t having it. She tweeted, “I’m outraged this morning that anyone…would question my sister Dolly or even insinuate something sinister about the “Imagination Library” program for children,” ending with a call for “GOP nimrods” to reveal their IQ scores.

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