South Carolina’s new flag design seemed like a fine idea — right up until everyone actually saw it.
As it turns out, people hate it. They really, really hate it.
The new design has garnered thousands of complaints since it was presented in a Post and Courier story this week. In response to the backlash, the historians who developed the new design plan to revise it before lawmakers can vote to approve it next year.
The new banner features a darker shade of indigo than some previous editions and a crescent in the upper left corner that is largely unchanged.
But critics say the flag’s designers butchered the iconic palmetto tree in the center, a crucial component that makes the Palmetto State’s flag one of the best in the United States.
The flag looks feeble, its wiry fronds resembling Freddy Krueger’s murderous fingers, some claim. Others say it looks like the tree just survived a major hurricane or a lengthy addiction to meth. The palmetto could pass for Charlie Brown’s pathetic Christmas tree, more than a few have commented. Some wondered if it was sketched by a particularly uninspired juvenile.
“How do we protest this design & arrange to have someone else produce a better one?” one North Charleston reader asked via email.
How much did taxpayers pay for this abomination, many wondered. (We checked. Nothing.)
Inevitably, the tree has become a meme in South Carolina internet circles.
Hate for the tree design has united Republicans and Democrats, Gamecocks and Tigers, cats and dogs — providing near-unprecedented levels of harmony on divisive social media platforms like Twitter.
In a Twitter poll by The Post and Courier Columbia, just 22 percent of respondents said they like the flag.
Twenty-six percent said the flag is bad. Twenty-three percent said it’s “really bad,” and 30 percent were willing to describe the flag as “total trash.” OK, it wasn’t a very scientific poll.