Posted on 03/09/2022 at 11:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Kentucky state legislator has found himself on the receiving end of some online anger from Dolly Parton fans.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky lawmakers were discussing a possible partnership with Parton's Imagination Library nonprofit, which distributes free books to young children.

During the discussion, Kentucky state Sen. Stephen Meredith wanted to add language specifying that it would be "subject-appropriate" books, in addition to language already in the bill stating that the books are "age-appropriate."

Meredith ultimately voted for the bill, but Dolly Parton's sister Stella has made it clear to the traditional media and social media that she found his questions offensive.

"For him to cast a hint of aspersion against a book program that is a nonprofit and has been doing great work since 1995, I have just been incensed by it," she told Nashville's NewsChannel5.

Her initial tweet about the matter sent her sister trending.

Meredith told the Courier-Journal that he was disappointed but not surprised by the social media firestorm and that he stands by his original concerns about codifying guidelines.

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