Petition asks that Outkast members be added to massive Confederate tribute in Georgia
Stone Mountain, a few miles outside of Atlanta, Georgia, is known for its massive bass relief showing Confederate leaders of the American Civil War Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback (it's also the home of Kenneth Parcell, the fictional hillbilly character of 30 Rock fame). The relief is the biggest in the world, 120 meters high and covering three full acres.
In the rush to dismantle the tributes to the Confederacy that dot the south, hip hop fans have stepped in to make their suggestion at Stone Mountain. A petition from MoveOn.org asks that a depiction of Atlanta rappers from the group Outkast, Andre3000 and Big Boy, be added to the relief. "By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art," write the petition's authors. "We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There's plenty of room." The petition specifies that the rappers be riding in a Cadillac. "This will help the new carving blend nicely with the Confederates who are on horseback," the authors write.
As silly as this petition sounds, Stone Mountain is no stranger to pop culture. Since 1983, Stone Mountain Park has hosted a laser show projected onto the face of the cliff. The show, known as the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, features the history of the South and pays tribute to famous Georgia musicians like Ray Charles and R.E.M. Outkast certainly wouldn't be out of place.