2017-2022 Nebraska license plate

The original 2017-2022 Nebraska license plate design. State officials say production of the plate has been halted as they work to create an accurate depiction of the Sower.

The national mocking of Nebraska's new license plate isn't over yet.

"Saturday Night Live" took a shot at the design for the plates yesterday during the program's "Weekend Update," a recurring sketch that comments on and parodies current events. The Comedy Central show "@midnight" had poked fun at the design a few days after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled it in late March.

The design of the blue and gold plates, which includes a depiction of the Sower, a figure atop the Nebraska State Capitol, provoked widespread criticism soon after its unveiling.

Artists told The World-Herald that the plate borrowed too heavily from a similar sower on a bell tower on Michigan State’s campus in East Lansing.

Worse, some said it carried a sexual connotation.

State officials announced April 1 that they were pulling the controversial design and recasting it to create an accurate depiction of the Sower.

On the "Weekend Update" skit, comedian Michael Che highlighted the criticism that the design was sexually suggestive and then riffed from there, presenting a mockup of a crude fictional redesign that he said was "not much better."

Enough said for a family newspaper.

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