Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Missy Elliott statue should replace confederate monument petition says

Missy Elliott statue should replace confederate monument petition says

The petition proposes removing a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, have the rapper, overall hero and Portsmouth native stand in its place, in greatness, where it belongs.

The petition needs 25,000 signatures to be delivered to the city's mayor and vice mayor, as well city council members.

Photo via Wikimedia CommonsBut rather than lead a mob to topple it, he started a petition to replace it - with a statue of native daughter Missy Elliott, the rapper, dancer and record producer.

In it, he propositioned putting up a statue of Missy Elliot in her hometown - Portsmouth - to replace the existing Confederate statue. Since her first single "Supa Dupa Fly" came out 20 years ago (sob), Missy Elliott has made a mark on pop culture.

As the nation debates the role of Confederate iconography in its parks and public arenas, one thing we haven't yet asked ourselves is, what should replace all those statues?

In the wake of the Charlottesville demonstration last weekend, there's been a call for the removal of Confederate monuments.

"I'm not talking to the president now, I'm sorry, after what he said about my child", she told ABC News. "People are taking it seriously - whether the Portsmouth City Council will take it seriously is another matter".

According to the author, "Missy is all of us" and represents "everything the Confederacy was not".

Coflin said he didn't expect the petition to garner so many signatures so quickly, but he's happy to see others band with him.

Currently, the Civil War monument at the intersection of Court and High streets memorializes figures representing the armed services mounted around a granite obelisk.

Elliott herself is aware of the petition, and is apparently touched by it.

Elliott did not immediately respond to requests for comment through her publicist.

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