Petition to replace Robert E. Lee with GWAR frontman reaches 50,000 signatures
A Change.org petition to replace Richmond, Virginia's Robert E. Lee statue with a statue of GWAR's late frontman Oderus Urungus has reached almost 50,000 signatures as of this post. The petition reads:
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.
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 also encourages people to donate to the Richmond COVID-19 Arts and Culture Relief Fund after signing.
A few days ago, a fully costumed Jizmak Da Gusha (GWAR's drummer) visited the recently redecorated statue of the Confederate general which is located in the band's hometown, encouraging random onlookers to sign. Naturally there is video, which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, despite Virginia governor Ralph Northam promising the statue would come down, it's still there thanks to a Richmond judge and some lawsuits. But the protests to get rid of it continue, with some awesome results.
GWAR -- who are always up with the current issues --- also just launched a new live YouTube show with Sleazy P Martini and Sawborg Destructo, discussion of the statue, other current events and guest Digestor of Ghoul included. You can watch the archived June 14th episode here:
We also just spoke to fellow Richmond band Strike Anywhere about the city's confederate monuments being knocked down (and a lot of other stuff too).
Hopefully one day soon we'll get to see GWAR live again. Meanwhile here are some 2019 photos from their sets at Riot Fest the Gathering of the Juggalos to remind you of the fun: