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
Published June 22, 2015 3:14PM (EDT)
 John Oliver     (HBO)
John Oliver (HBO)

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.

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.)

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

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