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Following last week's events in Charlottesville, Virgina, the debate about America's Confederate statues has gained momentum.

With many right-thinkers of the belief that the statues should be removed, one man reckons he has found the perfect replacement for a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Local resident, Nathan Coflin, has launched a Change.org campaign calling on the town's mayor to erect a statue of local hero, Missy Elliot.

“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,” he wrote.

“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?”

The petition has garnered over 10,000 signatures so far and Twitter seem more than happy to get on board.

Protests for Confederate statues and monuments to be removed have spread throughout the country in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

Earlier this week, four statues were removed over night in Baltimore and Maryland following a unanimous decision by the city's authorities with more towns likely to follow suit. 



Missy Elliot has made her first public appearance since the summer and her new slimmer figure has hit headlines everywhere. 

The singer, songwriter and rapper performed at Alexander Wang’s H&M Collection launch in New York when she posted a photo to Twitter, writing: Just got off stage thank @ALEXANDERWANGNY and @hmusa for having me perform I enjoyed.”

Missy was diagnosed with Graves’ disease back in 2008, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, which in turn can affect metabolism. 

She spent much of 2008-2011 focusing on her health, speaking about the disease back in 2011, she said: “I feel great. Under my doctor’s supervision, I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition though diet and exercise.”