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3 celebs fans want to see replace Confederate statues

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In the midst of a national debate over the value of Confederate history – and the removal of landmarks by various state and local governments – some fans are launching petitions to replace such statues and monuments with slightly less controversial icons.

Here are three suggestions.

Missy Elliott
A petition boasting more than 30,000 signatures wants to raise up a statue of hometown musician Missy Elliott in Portsmouth, Va.

“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,” the petition reads. “All this without even once owning a slave.”

The Portsmouth City Council is currently debating whether to remove its Confederate monument and the mayor has suggested relocating it to the cemetery, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Britney Spears
Another – slightly less popular – petition asks for “one of the world’s most important and influential pop legends” to replace confederate statues in New Orleans. The petition lists the contributions Britney Spears, who was born in Louisiana, has made to her home state as evidence the pop star should replace Confederate statues there.

The New Orleans City Council removed the last of four Confederate monuments in May after a long and contentious public debate between opponents and supporters.

A local marine celebrity
In southern Florida, a petition asks for Florida’s state marine mammal to be commemorated in a statue to replace a Confederate memorial statue in Bradenton, Fla. Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee in captivity, died in July. He lived at the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton.

The county removed a Confederate memorial – which may be the one the petition asks to replace – from courthouse grounds earlier this week, according to the Bradenton Herald.

A few lesser known suggested replacements with their own petitions on Change.org include Bionicles, dinosaurs, and a petition-maker’s “friend Taylor Krussow.”

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