With ongoing deliberation on racism and white supremacy, spurred by Virginia’s Charlottesville riots and the removal of a Confederate monument, it was only a matter of time before we saw the rest of America begin eyeing more Confederate memorabilia in the nation.
But we didn’t need to look very far now that a Virginia fan of the femcee hip-hop legend Missy Elliott has drawn up a petition to have her statue standing in place of a Confederate monument. Right on the Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer’s home soil of Portsmouth, the petition calls for their real hometown hero to stand as the face the city.
We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero,” Nathan Coflin, the Virginia native who created the petition wrote on Change.org. “Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award-winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott?”
But, is it worth it? Well, the “Work It” emcee’s fans certainly believe so.
Wow👀#Humbling— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 19, 2017
Please sign the petition if you have any of the following:— NɅTHɅN💫 (@NathanKnope) August 20, 2017
-Thick legs (in shape)
-Rump shaking (both ways)
I never signed something so quick— KING MARC ✪ (@goawaymarcus) August 20, 2017
Missy Elliot deserves a statue more so than 99% of history, George Washington never taught me to but my thang down, flip it, and reverse it— 常闇踏陰 (@honzogonzo) August 20, 2017
Replace every confederate statue in the 7 cities with Missy, Timbo, the Neptunes, the Clipse and Allen Iverson.— Furious Styles (@TheBlkofWallSt) August 19, 2017
Can we get a Missy Elliott monument in every city...? https://t.co/RMF6U5WAHg— Eliot (@cmonilean) August 21, 2017
I would camp out under this statue, just to bask in the shadow... https://t.co/QCQEb0pqo4— Meaghan O'Malley (@meaghano9) August 20, 2017
(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for FYF)