Replace Statues With… refers to a series of tweets which offer humorous suggestions of statues that could replace statues of controversial historical figures. The jokes began growing popular when several statues of Confederate generals were removed or destroyed as a result of 2017 protests and saw a second rise in popularity when statues were removed or destroyed as a result of the 2020 George Floyd Protests.
Jokes about replacing statues depicting controversial historical figures began growing popular online in 2017. One of the earliest known examples was tweeted by user @IanBoothby, who on March 22nd, 2017 suggested replacing all statues of Christopher Columbus with fictional detective Lieutenant Columbo, gaining over 150 retweets and 300 likes (shown below).
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