Image via WikipediaAs I reported here about a week and a half ago, Olivier Odom went to Dollywood with her partner, Jennifer Tipton and the children of a friend. Odom was informed at the gate by a park employee that her [marriage is so gay] t-shirt was offensive and that she would not be admitted to the park unless she either changed it or turned it inside out. Rather than spoil the day for the kids, Odom complied.
The young woman took her story to her local TV station to call attention to what she considered to be an arbitrary and discriminatory policy. The gay blogosphere was all over this story for days before the mainstream press picked up on it. It took even longer for the park's namesake and founder Dolly Parton to respond publicly on Monday. Via ABC News Radio:
"I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood's Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome." Dolly adds that the policies on clothing or signs with profanity or controversial messages are in place to protect the person wearing the shirt and keep disturbances at the park to a minimum. Dolly concludes saying, "I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all."
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