There’s only one way to deal with a Confederate statue: put it down, flip it and reverse it.
A new Change.org petition urging the mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia, to replace a confederate statue with a statue of Grammy winner Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott already has over 20,000 signatures. Elliott, one of the G.O.A.T.s of the rap game, was born in Portsmouth in 1971.
The petition reads: “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.”
The controversy over keeping up monuments to slavery Confederate statues has reached a fever pitch ever since August 12, when white nationalists, Neo-Nazis and other hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the city’s plan to remove its statute of Robert E. Lee riding a horse. Since that rally, which left one person dead and dozens injured, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh removed four confederate statues from the city’s grounds and the University of Texas’s Austin campus has followed suit.
Given that Elliott is not only one of the best rappers of all time and a Portsmouth native, erecting a permanent honor to her is a no-brainer. But, past erecting it, the question remains: which iconic look should the statue show?
Would it be her futuristic garbage-bag look from “The Rain”?
Or perhaps the fatigues-and-hoop-earrings look from “Get Ur Freak On”?
Or her out there robot look from “Sock It 2 Me”?
No matter what look they choose it’ll be supa dupa fly.