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Fans Petition to Replace NOLA Confederate Monuments with Britney Spears Tributes


In the midst of a heated race for the city’s highest offices, New Orleans seems divided as of late. A new Change.org campaign seeks to remedy this with a proposal to pay tribute to the Princess of Pop. Yes, a new petition suggests that New Orleans install statues of Britney Spears in place of where its Confederate monuments once stood. 

 

In case you missed it, Mayor Mitch Landrieu led the initiative to remove four controversial statues — dedicated to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and the Battle at Liberty Place — from the city’s landscape earlier this year. The last of the statues was dismantled in late May. At that time, the City Office noted the intention to leave the column that houses the Lee monument intact, with further plans to incorporate public art on the site. The location where the Jefferson Davis statue was installed will be replaced with an American flag, while the Battle at Liberty Place monument site will remain as is. The City Park Improvement Association is still determining what will replace the P.G.T. Beauregard monument at the entrance of City Park on Esplanade Ave. 

 

Kassie Thibodeaux of Rayne, LA launched the campaign to encourage state lawmakers to “do the right thing” and “replace the Confederate statues with an actual Louisiana hero and influencial human being, Britney Spears.” The pop singer hails from Kentwood, a town in the Tangipahoa Parish of Louisiana. 

 

The Boot has never been far from the pop star’s mind. The petition cites her ongoing charitable efforts to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief, Louisiana flood victims, and state schools. "Not only has Britney proven her talent,” Thibodeaux wrote, "but she's 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.” 

 

And we must admit, it's a tempting proposal to look around New Orleans and be able to point to a monument and say, "It's Britney, bitch." 

 

As of press time, the Change.org petition has 4,387 supporters. It will eventually be delivered to Governor John Bel Edwards, Rep. Cedric Richmond, and Senator Bill Cassidy. 

 

Check out the petition here




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