Missy Elliott praises Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of ‘Work It’

Missy Elliott.
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Missy Elliott.

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — A Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of Missy Elliott’s hit song ‘‘Work It’’ has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.

Mary Halsey, of West Warwick, recently performed a version of the 2002 hit at an outdoor party at a park and posted the performance on her Facebook page.

Elliott reposted Halsey’s video on Twitter and Instagram and wrote: ‘‘I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER.’’


She added that Halsey ‘‘straight killed’’ the song.

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Halsey’s video had been shared more than 140,000 times and had 7.1 million views as of Thursday.

Halsey, a recreation assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation facility, says she knew the video would be big ‘‘but I had no idea it would be this big.’’