There’s been a lot of controversy lately about confederate statues and whether or not they should be torn down. Many cities and universities have begun dismantling their confederate monuments and replacing them with instead with new, less controversial memorials.
So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that people are getting creative and finding new things to replace confederate statues with. There was one particular petition that went viral, and personally, I’m not complaining.
That’s right — Missy Elliot fans are arguing that we should have a monument that celebrates the Queen herself. Because why honor racists when we can honor the hero who brought us “Get Ur Freak On”?
I mean, I think it’s a good idea.
The petition, which already has over 22,700 signatures, argues that the town of Portsmouth, Virginia should celebrate the great things that came from the city, not the bad things:
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. 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?
Before she was “Missy Misdemeanor” she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth’s lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30-million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave.
Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it. Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day. Ycamerpus Etihw!
Missy is all of us.
Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.
Honestly, I’m pretty convinced that this needs, to happen, as is many people on Twitter.
The only controversial thing about it is choosing which era of Missy Elliot the statue would depict.
Of course, Missy Elliot definitely noticed the attention, which seemed to leave her somewhat speechless.
What can we say? You deserve it, Missy Elliot.