Johannes Leak and Kamala Harris (Images: AAP/Joel Carrett and Gage Skidmore/WikiCommons)

Dolly Parton had some great advice over the weekend for anyone caught up in disputes over racist imagery and commentary: “don't be a dumbass”.

Asked about the removal of the word "dixie" from her show in the latest issue of Billboard, Parton said: “As soon as you realise that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is: I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”

It's a timely message for the editors at The Australian. And, in fact, all of Australian media right now.