John Oliver has the perfect solution to the Confederate flag debate

It involves lowering the flag down from the pole and putting it in a box titled "BAD FLAG"

By Colin Gorenstein
June 22, 2015 7:14PM (UTC)
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On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver discussed the senseless shooting at Charleston, S.C.'s historic Mother Emanuel AME Church that resulted in 9 deaths.

After rolling a clip of a very "defeated" President Obama delivering his Charleston speech, Oliver turned his attention to the Confederate flag debate that has erupted in the wake of the shooting.

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South Carolina state law prohibits the flag from being removed, which means that, while the world was still grieving from the AME Church shooting, a Confederate flag could be seen flying at full staff in front of the statehouse.

“The Confederate flag is one of those things that should only be seen on t-shirts, belt buckles and bumper stickers to help the rest of us identify the worst people in the world,” Oliver explained on "Last Week Tonight."

Oliver then offered a very easy solution to settle the debate once and for all. (Sneak preview: It involves putting it in a box titled "BAD FLAG" and never looking at it again.)

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Watch the clip courtesy of Crooks and Liars below:


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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