As we continue to tear down our nation’s monuments to old racists, we’re going to need something to replace them with. Instead of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, might the internet suggest … Oderus Urungus, late frontman of the Richmond metal institution GWAR?
Last week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond. And after former GWAR member Danielle Stampe, aka Slymenstra Hymen, posted a Photoshopped image of an Oderus Urungus statue in its place, a viral change.org petition began circulating to make that dream a reality.
“Robert E. Lee is a failed war general that supported a racist cause. For too long, the city of Richmond has been displaying statues of him and other loser civil war veterans,” the petition reads. “We the scumdogs of the universe call on the city of Richmond to erect a statue of great local leader Oderus Urungus in its place. While Oderus comes from the planet Scumdogia, he called Richmond his home, working with the local art community and employing local artists and ladies of the night.”
The petition has already gotten over 30,000 signatures. And now it’s getting a boost from GWAR drummer/bleach-drinking advocate JiZMak Da Gusha, who visited the statue to drum up support for Oderus Orungus. “There is a petition to put GWAR on that horse instead of Robert E. Lee,” he told the crowd assembled to graffiti the monument. “I strongly encourage that everyone sign that petition online. Fuck that guy.”