“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,” Coflin wrote on the petition. “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?”
Making nods to Elliott’s 2002 single “Work It,” Coflin expressed his reasons for replacing the monument.
“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it,” he wrote. “Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”
In response to a tweet about the petition, Elliott said "just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me."
🙏🏾 just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 19, 2017