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Replace Confederate monuments with statues of Britney Spears, petition says

In 2012 photo, singer Britney Spears arrives at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson in Beverly Hills, California.
In 2012 photo, singer Britney Spears arrives at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring Richard Branson in Beverly Hills, California. AP/file

Some Britney Spears fans have a message for Louisiana lawmakers — Confederate monuments are toxic. And hundreds are asking officials to “gimme, gimme more” of the pop star.

More than 700 people have signed a petition asking Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to replace Confederate monuments in New Orleans with statues of Spears.

The pop singer who has had numerous hits over the past two decades is originally from Kentwood, Louisiana.

Kassie Thibodeaux, the author of the petition, says Britney is an inspiration to millions of people.

“She’s already earned her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and now it’s time for her home state to honor her with the tribute that she deserves,” Thibodeaux wrote.

Thibodeaux notes that The Britney Spears Foundation donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Spears also partnered with Ellen Degeneres and donated $250,000 to 2016 flood victims in Louisiana.

Four Confederate-related statues have already been removed from the Crescent City, including the prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Matt Stopera, a writer at Buzzfeed, published a blog about the petition Tuesday. He joked about Spears’ perfume lines before saying he believes the Confederate statues should be replaced.

“But seriously though, imagine seeing a statue of someone this inspiring and gorgeous every damn day, Stopera said. “I can see the positive community influence and impact now.”

Thibodeaux is asking Edwards to “do the right thing” and “replace the Confederate statues with an actual Louisiana hero and influential human being.”

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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