Dolly Parton drops 'Dixie' from Stampede dinner show amid "changing attitudes"

Dixie Stampede from the website

Dixie Stampede from the website

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede will have a new name when it opens for the 2018 season.

Dolly Parton's Stampede shows operate in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo., but the operating company is looking to expand to new markets.

A big change was made to the name of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede.

The company seems to indicate that enough patrons and cities took issue with the name Dixie Stampede.

"Dolly Parton is an American icon", Cohen said. "Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede".

World Choice Investments operates Parton's Stampede dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Branson, Missouri.

They range from many saying they are going to boycott any and all Dolly Parton attractions. "They do not realize the Stampede is a very patriotic, spectacular, horse show with 32 handsome horses as the stars".

It says the dinner show features, "A friendly competition between North and South". In a piece for Slate, writer Aisha Harris panned the show as making light of the Civil War. Instead, it romanticizes the South. Harris compared it to Springtime for Hitler, the musical featured in The Producers.

Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she's done for our community, which is her community, and I'm disappointed that they're yielding to political correctness.

According to the press release, the production team is hard at work updating the existing shows for 2018.

"It has added to confusion in discussions about the expansion of our dinner theaters to new locations across the country and around the world", Owens said in a statement.

"There is interest in several parts of the United States and internationally to host one of our unique dinner attraction shows", Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO, said.

The show is scheduled to reopen on January 19.

"We try to create family entertainment that welcomes everyone, and when we create those shows we want to make sure that when your family comes to our show that you feel comfortable, " Owens said.

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