If that strikes you as a rather surprisingly hip choice, you'd be right. It has caused no small amount of unhappiness amongst some folks.
Consider, it actually took the governor making it an official order to get it to happen--the legislature decided to vote it down when it was up to them.
One Tulsa Today columnist in particular seems particularly steamed by the whole thing. Jim Downing (not to be confused with SNL writer Jim Downie, though both write some hilarious shit.) goes absolutely apeshit over it.
First he begs the Governor not to sign the order. After the Governor did sign it, Downing lets loose again. The results are predictable--the conconction has about 1/3 bitter unfamous performer (I'm more talented than they are), 1/3 old overly religious reactionary (song titles about drugs and fetuse, oh my!) and about 1/3 pure crank (fans of a band with a 48 year old frontman are "teenyboppers.")
Let's enjoy some great name calling. I haven't spotted any mention of the groups 6 Grammy nominations or 3 Grammy wins, but that doesn't mean that Jim Downing, in the interest of fair play did not mention them. They could be in there somewhere. I'm enjoying the nuttier parts. Downing should hope that The Flaming Lips are not the litigious kind.
Everything that follows are quotes about the Flaming Lips from Jim Downing:
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