NYT Publishes ‘Redesigns’ of Old Glory, It Didn’t Go Well

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The New York Times’ latest opinion piece is an exact reason why their readership is declining. A recent article imagines new designs for the American flag while attacking the country for being deeply flawed.

Fox News reports:

“The American flag is a potent piece of national iconography, but its design shifted frequently until the early 1900s. What if it were redesigned today? We asked artists and graphic designers to try,” the Times wrote. “Some are functional designs, others artistic renderings; some represent America as it could be, others how the artist sees the country now.”

One design from Andrew Kuo shows a flag split into four rectangles with one square consisting of red and white stripes while the other three are solid blue, yellow, and green rectangles. According to the artist the red stripes represent the past, the white stripes represent the future, while the solid colors represent “untapped potential,” “repairing systemic racism,” and “taking care of our planet.”

Another design titled, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” merges several prominent flags like the “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Black Lives Matter” into one, while another monochrome, gray one with stars “represents America surrendering to its fall from power and loss of the ideals it once stood for.”

Obviously, it wasn’t long before the internet got to work and called out the designs for what they are, ugly and unnecessary.


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