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Oklahoma representative wants to 'jazz' up state flag

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Get a load of that state flag, all rippling austerely in the breeze, its stately design proudly representing Oklahoma. How boring, right? You know what the flag needs? Some pizzazz, some sparkle, maybe a bedazzlement application or two. Luckily, Rep. Shane Jett is to the rescue, according to a recent story in the Tulsa World. Jett, R-Tecumseh, wants to jazz (hands) up the state flag.

Jett, who is also chairman of the House's tourism committee, has introduced a bill to italicize the state name on the flag and, just to really get the point across that Oklahoma makes him super-excited, also add an exclamation point. Because no one will make fun of us for that, we're sure.

It seems that someone needs to give his DVD copy of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic "Oklahoma!" a rest. Next thing we know, Jett will be introducing legislation to add even further to the flag. We can see it now: "Oklahoma! (Or, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?)."

"I was just looking for a way to improve out image," Jett said about his bill, according to the World, ""¦ get some good, solid publicity."

Um, not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but we're not sure we want ours to be the flag that would do anything for publicity. Maybe Jett doesn't remember his school days, but no one liked the kid who was willing to go to any obnoxious lengths to get a bit of attention.

Jett's bill would also create an official state abbreviation. Wanna guess what that abbreviation is? OK! Seriously, we might as well include pre-written jokes in the tourism press kits at this point.

This isn't the first flag flap in the state. According to the World, a contest was held in 1924 to find a replacement design for the flag that was first introduced in 1911. The earlier flag, which was a blue-trimmed white star on a red background, fell in popularity because some supposedly thought it was too close to the flag of the new big baddie, the Soviet Union. Ponca City's Louise Fluke won the contest and her design " the iconic Osage war shield with a crossed olive branch and calumet " started flying the next year. "Oklahoma" was added in 1941.

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