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Georgetown student petitions to rename Reagan National Airport after LGBT ‘Dance Moms’ star JoJo Siwa

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Ben Zeisloft, Campus Reform

A Georgetown University student has started a petition campaign to rename Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., after JoJo Siwa, a social media star who rose to fame on the Lifetime show Dance Moms.

Georgetown undergraduate Dylan Long authored the one-sentence petition, which has garnered over 71,000 signatures. “Why on earth is there an airport named after this war criminal,” reads the petition, which was addressed to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority John Potter.

Siwa, a seventeen year old, came out as a member of the LGTBQ community in January via TikTok. She identified herself as “pansexual” in a People exclusive last month.

“I really did not put too much thought into who it was, but my reasoning for picking JoJo Siwa was related to the fact that Reagan in his presidency did a lot of really terrible things with regard to the LGBTQ communities, specifically with the HIV and AIDS pandemic,” Long explained in his interview with Georgetown student newspaper The Hoya. “I decided to pick JoJo Siwa because she’s been this recent rise as a new LGBT figure.”

Metropolitan Washington Airports spokeswoman Christian Saull explained to Campus Reform that “since Reagan National Airport is owned by the federal government, any change to the name would be handled by the federal government and approved by Congress.”

University of Massachusetts history professor Asheesh Kapur Siddique — who said in April that “the problem with academia today is that it has too many conservatives” — endorsed Long’s idea.

“This is a genuinely phenomenal idea,” tweeted Siddique. “After all, JoJo hasn’t funded Central American death squads or joked about AIDS.”

Campus Reform reached out to Long, Siddique, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.

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