Britney Spears’ Fans Want Louisiana to Honor Her in a Surprising Way
Britney Spears is a pop legend who rose to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hit songs like “…Baby One More Time,” “Oops!… I Did It Again,” and “Toxic.” She has been called the “Princess of Pop,” and she has even influenced many female artists of the next generation.
Although Spears often made news in the mid-2000s for some erratic behavior, she has since bounced back and proven herself as a caring mom for her two sons.
Given her amazing career, fans have been calling on the state of Louisiana to honor Spears in a big and surprising way.
Britney Spears is from Kentwood, Louisiana
Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, but grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She had a Southern upbringing that included a lot of religious influence, and Spears even got her start singing in a church choir.
Friends and family members in Kentwood also recall Spears often put on shows and performed for an audience, as shared by Spears’ mom, Lynne, in the 2000 book Heart to Heart.
Lynne understood that her daughter could have a shot at a life outside of their small town, but others in Kentwood were skeptical. One resident told Splinter News in 2016: “We just couldn’t believe that Lynne was gonna take that girl all the way up to New York City. It seemed too ridiculous.”
Of course, the decision paid off well for Spears. After studying performance art in New York City, Spears ended up joining the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, where she gained notoriety. This led her to have her own solo music career, and the rest is history.
Today, Kentwood has a small museum dedicated to Spears and very much prides itself on being her hometown.
Fans want Confederate statues in Louisiana to be replaced with Spears
Having Kentwood honor Spears is not enough for fans, however. They believe Louisiana should also do something to honor one of the biggest stars from its state.
Amidst the recent call for removal of Confederate statues across the country, fans are bringing back a petition that urges Louisiana to replace those statues with Spears’ monuments instead. The petition is addressed to Governor John Bel Edwards as well as the Louisiana State Senate.
“Not only has Britney proven her talent, 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,” the petition read.
It also went on to list a few charitable contributions Spears has made throughout her career, including her efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Louisiana floods.
One fan said: “Britney Spears is a musical legend and has been always been an active ally for the LGBT and POC communities. She also has influenced countless people in the music industry.”
“Not every star continues to care for their home state as she has,” another person wrote. “She’s a good ambassador for Louisiana tourism too.”
Spears has been supporting the BLM protests
It’s not clear how Spears is feeling about the call to erect statues in her honor, but she has been showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Earlier this month, she wrote on Instagram: “What the world needs now is love….. my heart breaks for my friends in the black community…. and for everything going on in our country. Right now I think we all should do what we can to listen…. learn… do better…. and use our voices for good.”