Texas lawmaker: That emoji is not our flag

Chilean flags (Photo: Wikimedia/Mark Scott Johnson)

AUSTIN, Texas (WTHR) - A Texas state lawmaker is using his position to remind Texans what their flag looks like.

Rep. Tom Oliverson, a Republican from Cypress, authored HCR 75, which urges Texans "not to use the flag emoji of the Republic of Chile when referring to the Texas flag."

Apparently, people in Texas, without an emoji of their own state flag have been giving their tweets and texts the "close enough" treatment and using the close-but-no-cigar equivalent from the South American nation.

"The Chilean flag proudly represents its country but, despite its similarity to the Texas flag, it does not represent the state of Texas," Oliverson wrote.

The flags of Chile (left) and Texas are causing problems for Texas texters.
The flags of Chile (left) and Texas are causing problems for Texas texters.

The resolution goes on to describe both flags and the meaning of their red, white and blue colors. Both flags feature a blue field to the left with a white star, next to wide white and red stripes running horizontally. The blue field on Chile's flag, however, only fills the top corner of the flag, while Texas' blue extends the full height of the flag.

"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," Oliverson continued.

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