published Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Gay couple asked to reverse shirt at Dollywood

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    In a July 25, 2011 photo, lesbian couple Jennifer Tipton, left, and Olivier Odom are seen at a coffee house in Knoxville, Tenn. The couple are calling for Dollywood Splash County to be more inclusive to its guests after they were asked to reverse the pro-gay marriage T-shirt worn by Odom, during a recent visit. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

A lesbian couple is asking for changes at Dollywood after an employee there asked one of the women to turn her shirt that said "Marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others during a recent trip.

Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton told The Knoxville News Sentinel they want the park to be more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families after Odom was asked to reverse her shirt when they visited Dollywood Splash Country next to the Pigeon Forge amusement park. The story was first reported by WBIR-TV in Knoxville.

Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens said Dollywood is open to all families, but their dress code policy is to ask people with clothing or tattoos that could be considered offensive to change clothes or cover up.

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XGSBoss said...

Dollywood is correct, marriage is not always happy. Not sure where the offensive part comes in, most people have figured that out.

July 26, 2011 at 3:59 p.m.
observer279 said...

Sigh. Maybe one day this part of the country will progress.

July 26, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
johnnyreb3 said...

Dollywood's response was appropriate. Here's why the shirt is offensive: I don't expect to go to an amusement park and expect to see political/social issues put on display. Show some class, if you have any. I have a t-shirt with Johnny Cash giving the finger, but I don't wear it to my kids' school play. Just because I have free speech doesn't mean I should use it all the time. Show some restraint. That shirt was as inappropriate as a shirt calling for the ban of gay marriage. I don't really want to see either shirt at Dollywood or Wal-Mart. One more thing, look at the picture. We already know they are gay, thanks! No t-shirt needed. Utilize your privacy rights. I don't have "Redneck" on the windshield of my 4x4. Cancel the report from the Department of Redundancy Department.

July 26, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
55620 said...

I agree with johnnyreb3. I do find it offensive b/c i am married and have been for almost 16 years. I hope that my daughter will find the right man to marry when she gets older. If I wore a shirt bashing anyone else that has different beliefs than I then I would expect to be told to turn it inside out.

July 26, 2011 at 7:44 p.m.
senyahc said...

I married a great guy who bought me the same shirt. He knows I support all of my gay friends who don't have the basic right to marriage. If you were to wear a shirt that said Palin '12 or Obama '12, would they make you turn that inside out too? I doubt it. Political? Hardly, it's just the good ol' boys club who translate the bible into what they are to ignorant or afraid to accept...that we are all equal and have the right to the pursuit of happiness.

July 27, 2011 at 5:41 a.m.
u4icmusic said...

There was nothing offensive about the shirt in any way to anybody. There were no curse words on it, nor was it political in any way. Marriage is gay in New York state and several other states and countries around the world. It was just a statement of a fact.

July 27, 2011 at 5:55 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Man, I hate peoples that aint just like me. I cain't stand when them there folks where them faincy shoes that aint the ones I would buy, and they wear them dang socks that don't go right where mine do on thems legs.

Dern it! It makes me so dang mad to think bout folks that know stuff bout science and don't listen to brother preacher man bout what goes on where I caint see behind them thar clouds.

If thems folks wint to chirch more often, they wuld know thet makin nasty with others like em wuld send em to the bad place just like preacher money pot says they will.

July 27, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Johnny great point. Hey, guess what, its a private establishment. They can choose who the hail to support and who not to support. if they dont wanna support your lifestyle, get over it! Go wear ur flippin tshirt to somewhere that gives a crap. You got onto us for trying to thrust our influences down yalls throats, well quit trying to thrust your junk down mine!! We dont roll like that! Just like you have a right to cry when somebody makes you turn your offensive shirt around i have a right to cry when i see two grown men kissin!! Here's an idea...DONT GO TO PLACES THAT DONT SUPPORT YOUR BELIEFS AND QUIT TRYING TO MAKE ME GET ON BOARD THE GAY TRAIN!! Theres a place you can go and wear all the gay attire ya want....its called Disneyland! Have a nice day.

July 27, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
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