Little Havana is an amazing, interesting, beautiful place. Little Havana's new flag, which debuted yesterday, is none of those things. The flag is hideous. It's a flag that includes 22 other flags plus one rooster.
If you're staring at the monstrosity above and wondering, Why does that look like a Facebook meme designed by a baby boomer?, that's because it basically is a Facebook meme designed by a baby boomer. The flag was the brainchild of Miami City Commissioner "Loco Joe" Carollo, a paranoid and largely unstable-seeming man who once was arrested for (allegedly) beating his wife, has made multiple racist "jokes" over the years, once tried to get a city-issued gun for a member of the Saudi Royal family, once tried to open an Asian-fusion restaurant called "Shogun Joe's," and is currently accused of illegally using city resources to attack a business owner for supporting Carollo's election opponent.
At his core, Carollo is just a weird old guy who loves Donald Trump. Frankly, that means the flag could have been worse. Little Havana should honestly be glad the banner doesn't have a Minion on it. We'd bet our life savings Carollo drew this on a napkin before handing it to a poor, poor graphic designer.
But, seriously: Who approved this? Look at the faces in the photo above. Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Ken Russell don't exactly look pleased. (Carollo looks giddy, though.) Here are some other angles of the flag looking bad:
The newly inaugurated Little Havana flag. pic.twitter.com/GVo9ZPcjCL— CalleOchoNews (@CalleOchoNews) November 30, 2018
Honored to be invited to the unveiling of the official Little Havana flag in the @CityofMiami. This flag symbolically reflects both the uniqueness and diversity of the vibrant, multicultural community in Little Havana and on 8th Street. pic.twitter.com/zXYjhWuEaL— Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) November 30, 2018
Who painted this? Why? Why is it not just a normal flag with stars or blocks of colors and stuff? Why does it look like something you'd spray-paint on the back of a van? How much did this shit cost the city? How will a painting of other flags look when hoisted from a flagpole and blown by the wind?
People are now roasting the bad flag online:
How apropos. Miami politics is just a big dumb crooked cockfight. https://t.co/jlbHJth24R— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) November 30, 2018
Should just be a picture of Concrete piles on Flagler St., closed storefronts, contractors sitting on their asses, pawn shops, and sunburnt Dutch tourists on Calle Ocho.— David "Almost Legal & Somewhat Cool" Quiñones (@David_Quinones) November 30, 2018
Graphic design is my passion— e-gadsden (@itspronounced48) November 30, 2018
thanks I hate it— ATTENTION (@amoaylesworth) November 30, 2018
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Update 12/6: Carollo has since told El Nuevo Herald that the only people who hate his dope new flag are communists and Fidel Castro sympathizers. Consider us roasted.