New Australian $5 bill compared to 'clown puke'
The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled the new design for its $5 bill, and the early reviews on social media are not good, featuring such words as "vomit," "disgusting" and "atrocity."
The bank proudly revealed the new note in a tweet and media release Tuesday morning.
The new $5 banknotes are in production and will<br>be in your wallets from 1 September 2016 - <a href="https://t.co/HxprdzyihF">https://t.co/HxprdzyihF</a> <a href="https://t.co/aFOma4s9nX">pic.twitter.com/aFOma4s9nX</a>—@RBAInfo
The early replies to that tweet were not encouraging
<a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> What have you done😬 They are horrendous! Actually the most disgusting design in world mintage history. Truly appalling—@Tcorp_
<a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> That new $5 note design is hideous & awful.—@Crow26Darkness
<a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> total <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fail?src=hash">#fail</a>. Please fire your terrible designers. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fivedollarnote?src=hash">#fivedollarnote</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Australia?src=hash">#Australia</a>—@camgould
<a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> talk about ugly, how many meetings for this atrocity to be picked?—@Bishop64
Economics writer Jason Murphy was curt in his take on the new design
Our new fivers look like vomit. <a href="https://t.co/PKOJk6t45s">pic.twitter.com/PKOJk6t45s</a>—@jasemurphy
Murphy wasn't the only one to compare the bill to a pile of sick
New Australian $5 note shows <a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> designers enter their 'clown puke' period <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stopthepresses?src=hash">#stopthepresses</a> <a href="https://t.co/BkXTmKvGLi">pic.twitter.com/BkXTmKvGLi</a>—@wingrove
The new design retains the bright purple colour motif of the current $5 bill but also adds magenta, orange, blue and yellow.
The yellow oval shapes on the bill are meant to depict the prickly-leaved wattle, a shrub native to the continent, but people thought they looked more like toilet brushes or bacteria.
what's with the yellow dunny brushes?: Next Generation of Banknotes: $5 Banknote Design Reveal | RBA <a href="https://t.co/MiiywCDPGl">https://t.co/MiiywCDPGl</a>—@rennemiles
<a href="https://twitter.com/joshgnosis">@joshgnosis</a> Looks like golden staph germs from a petrie dish. How bad can banknote design be?—@PlaneTalking
But not all the reviews were bad
New $5 notes are A++++ They're like a mid-80s primary school mural. AUSTRALIANA! <a href="https://t.co/fVWXLXOUvN">pic.twitter.com/fVWXLXOUvN</a>—@amelia___m
Some people complained that the bill still depicted Queen Elizabeth, despite a recent surge in republican sentiment in Australia, including last year's election of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a former leader of the Australian Republican Movement.
Seriously, we're putting Queen Elizabeth on Australia's new five dollar not. Have we got no self-respect?—@Pulpcurry
The Queen looks like she is contemplating how to get off that abomination of a bank note.—@RanTLaw
Someone helpfully offered an alternate design
<a href="https://twitter.com/RBAInfo">@RBAInfo</a> I fixed your note. You're welcome. <a href="https://t.co/uIFQZs0EIu">pic.twitter.com/uIFQZs0EIu</a>—@trude_red