It’s universally accepted that a single emoji has a variety of meanings. That’s why – regardless of what their official descriptions read – a ? = a butt, ? = a sassy woman/response, and ?= “Como La Flor” and/or Selena. Perhaps because we’ve already shown a disregard for emojis’ official designations, Texans have decided that Chile’s flag can stand in for their own. Depending on how you look at things, you may either find this hilarious or completely obnoxious. Rep. tom Oliverson, R-Cypess, falls in the latter camp. He filed a bill, HCR 75, last week pleading Texans to drop the use of the Chile flag in their Texas-related messages.
“All too often, the Chilean flag emoji is used as a substitute for the Lone Star Flag in text messaging and on social media platforms; the Chilean flag proudly represents its country but, despite its similarity to the Texas flag, it does not represent the State of Texas; and whereas, the colors of the Chilean flag depict sky, snow, and blood spilled while fighting for the freedom, but the blue, white, and red of the Lone Star Flag stand for the texan values of loyalty, purity, and bravery,” HCR 75 reads.
“… Just as our flag could never fully embody the country of Chile, neither can the Chilean flag inspire feelings of pride and passion in the heart of a true Texan; now, therefore, be it resolved, that the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.”
Oliverson provided a synopsis of what each flag represents, but people wondered – especially given the current political landscape – if there wasn’t something better he turn his attention to.
H/T The Week