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Missy Elliott Meets Her 'Funky White Sister' On Ellen and I'm Yelling

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In August, a video of a Rhode Island woman named Mary Halsey singing Missy Elliott’s 2002 hit “Work It” went viral. Predictably, Halsey ended up where so many a viral star takes their final stand : Ellen. On today’s episode, Halsey rapped her very white and admittedly endearing rendition of the song. But there was a surprise waiting in the wings while she put her thang down, flipped it, and reversed it: Missy herself.

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There was surprise.

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There was elation.

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There was, uh, Kristen Bell???

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There was Ellen awkwardly mouthing the words and wiggling from the sidelines.

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There was a group hug.

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And there was Halsey’s trusty shofar, a trumpet used in religious Jewish ceremonies. Halsey really loves the shofar! Maybe it’s good luck? Maybe she likens Missy Elliott karaoke to a religious experience? If so, wow, same.

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Elliott tweeted about the video on August 8, calling Halsey her “funky white sister.”

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And now, the moniker has been immortalized, online and courtesy of Degeneres in the form of a bedazzled jacket:

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Happy belated Rosh Hashanah, y’all!

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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Why is Kristen Bell there and not Mary’s home girl from the hood? They should have had her tiptoeing across the stage with her plate of food.