The Christian Science Monitor discusses some Southern responses to the flamboyant shade:
The reaction ranged from angry to amused. Some who had fought against the house liked it. "Just horrible," said others. Dixie diehards refused to believe it. A guy in a pickup drove up and threatened to paint over it. According to local heritage experts, one of Cobb's direct descendants, Marion Cannon, sniffed: "T.R.R. Cobb would never paint his house that color."The writer goes on to suggest that the color "has suggested a softer side to the otherwise irascible general."