A Georgia artist came up with a hilarious idea for improving a notorious Confederate monument.

Short of completely destroying the thing, this is basically the best option possible.

Stone Mountain is one of America's most popular Confederate memorials.

Photo by KyleAndMelissa22/Wikimedia Commons.


The north side of the 825-foot rock in Georgia features a giant carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

Photo by David Iliff/Wikimedia Commons.

The park surrounding it is Georgia's most-visited attraction.

But for many in the Atlanta area and beyond, the idea of glorifying the people who fought hardest to preserve slavery in America doesn't sit right.

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, calls to remove the monument grew louder.

Others insisted that the carving was part of local history and should be left standing.

Which gave local artist Mack Williams a brilliant idea.

Don't destroy Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain.

Just add a carving of legendary hip-hop duo Outkast in a Cadillac.

"I'm sorry, General Jackson." Image by Mack Williams, used with permission.

"There's nothing that unites the people of Atlanta like Outkast," Williams told Upworthy. "Their music transcends race, class, creed and unifies the entire Metro area."

"With all the debate about Confederate symbols in the news today, I felt like I'd come up with a solid compromise that stopped short of sandblasting it off," he said.

The site of Big Boi and Andre 3000 straight chillin' next to some of the most infamous men in American history might be alarming to some.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.

But Williams sees the revision as an attempt to right a historic wrong.

"The current sculpture represents a pretty awful time in the history of Georgia and our nation," Williams said. "A lot of Confederate revisionists may argue otherwise, but they're just misinformed. Adding Outkast to the sculpture would bring balance to the force."

Using comedy to rob terrible things of their power has a long and storied history.

A petition to add the sculpture has already gathered over 7,000 signatures. The petition was even endorsed by Big Boi himself on Twitter.


"Getting a thumbs up emoji from Big Boi is certainly a high point of this whole thing," Williams said. "I'm glad to know he digs the idea. No word from Three Stacks [Andre 3000] yet!"

No matter how big the petition gets, Williams knows his idea is unlikely to come to fruition.

But since it also looks like the monument won't be removed anytime soon, he's already accomplished at least one important goal: The more people laughing at Stone Mountain, the better.

"I am for reeeeeeaaaal." Image by Mack Williams, used with permission.

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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