Britney Spears fans petition to replace Confederate monuments with statues of pop star
The petition follows a similar campaign from a Missy Elliott fan
If Britney Spears fans have their way, a statue in her honor will be installed in the pop star’s home state of Louisianna.
A new petition on change.org looks to commemorate Spears’ legacy by installing monuments in place of long-standing Confederate statues. The petition, created by fan Kassie Thibodeaux, urges Louisianna Gov. John Bel Edwards to “do the right thing: Replace the Confederate statues with an actual Louisiana hero,” and lists the singer’s charitable endeavors — including funds she helped raise for victims of Hurricane Katrina — as reasons Spears deserves such an honor.
Additionally, as the petition states, Spears has “proven her strength of character by not only overcoming highly publicized mental breakdown, but by continuously working towards improving herself. She’s an inspiration to millions.”
More than 1,200 people have signed the petition so far.
The petition for the singer’s tribute comes as thousands are lobbying for a statue of Missy Elliott to replace a Confederate monument in the rapper’s hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia. Petitioner Nathan Coflin’s goal is to “put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it.”
Both campaigns follow a series of protests and counter-protests over the removal of Confederate monuments. At a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, on Aug. 16, 32-year-old counter protestor Heather Heyer died and 19 others were injured after a man drove a car into a crowd of counter protesters.