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A Virginia Man Is Petitioning To Replace A Confederate Monument With A Statue Of Missy Elliott

"Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it."

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An online petition is now calling for that statue (and the 35-foot monument it's part of) in Portsmouth, Virginia, to be torn down and replaced with one of Missy Elliott — and the internet is here for it.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PETITION YOU WILL EVER SIGN. https://t.co/mPx4JnCWiV

Virginia resident Nathan Coflin created the petition four days ago, and Twitter quickly took notice.

@KarsinXXX @NathanKnope @savannah_landau @13NewsNow I never signed something so quick

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As Coflin explains in the petition, Missy was actually born and raised in Portsmouth — which he believes makes her much more deserving of a statue than some random Confederate general:

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.

And based on the response he's received so far, a lot of people agree with Coflin.

"Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it." I'm here for a @MissyElliott monument!… https://t.co/Qykm6z0nR4

A statue of Missy Elliott to replace a Confederate monument? Uhm, that works fine too. 👌

missy elliott has done 100 times more for the people of america than any confederate general

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Important questions have been asked, and properly answered.

@ValerieComplex @thefader @MissyElliott Depends. I love the yellow jumpsuit "Supa Dupa Fly" era but I am concerned… https://t.co/uxvNHwWHFz

Coflin is reaching out to Missy stans from all walks of life.

Please sign the petition if you have any of the following: -Cute face -Chubby waist -Thick legs (in shape) -Rump shaking (both ways) Thanks

And Missy Elliott herself has even weighed in a few times:

@DrPhilGoff I don't know what to say🙏🏾 just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me🙏🏾

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"I love history, but unfortunately history is full of both the good and the bad," Coflin told BuzzFeed. "I really thought honoring a contemporary piece of Portsmouth history would be a refreshing change."

"I really hope [Mayor John Rowe] and the rest of City Council could see why making this bold and trailblazing move would put Portsmouth on the map," he added. "Just how Missy put Portsmouth on the map when she won her Grammy awards."

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