A new petition is currently circulating that seeks to replace a Confederate monument in the state of Virginia with a statue of local native, rapper Missy Elliott. The monument is in Portsmouth, Virginia, which is Elliott’s birthplace.
The Change.org petition, started by Nathan Coflin wants the city of Portsmouth, Virginia, to replace a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. When the petition was first posted a few days ago on change.org, they were seeking 35,000 signatures to deliver to Portsmouth, Va. mayor, John L. Rowe. At the time of writing, it had already been signed by over 30,000 people in just a couple of days.
“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?” the petition stated.
Missy Elliott made her solo debut in 1997 with “Supa Dupa Fly” and was introduced to a new generation of music fans when she performed as a guest during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Her most recent studio album, “The Cookbook,” was released in 2005, but she has released a handful of singles and produced for other artists since then. She has won six Grammys, 15 MTV Video Music Awards, 15 BET awards and eight American Music Awards.
Nathan Coflin of Virginia, who posted the petition, argued that Elliot has had five Grammy Awards and has sold over 30 million albums. Elliott responded to news of the petition on Twitter last week, saying: “I don’t know what to say just to see this warms my heart and it’s so humbling to me.”
— Phillip Atiba Goff (@DrPhilGoff) August 19, 2017
Back on Aug. 12, white nationalists protested the removal of Charlottesville, Virginia’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Three people were killed and dozens were injured in the aftermath of the race-fueled violence.