Be Patriotic...Use the American flag....as a tablecloth...
HGTV's American flag tablecloth sparks outrage
HGTV apologized and pulled an online segment that suggested using the Stars and Stripes as a Fourth of July tablecloth, following an outcry from viewers.
On Flag Day, a home design network is facing outrage for suggesting using an American flag as a tablecloth.
As part of a segment titled "Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas," HGTV featured a display of the Stars and Stripes folded over a table with plates, lemonade and other kitchen sundries on top of it.
"Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner,” the network suggested. “Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”
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The patriotic decor didn't go over well with viewers, however.
"You think it's fun and innovative to use the American Flag as a tablecloth???" one woman wrote on HGTV's Facebook page, among a litany of other messages from outraged commenters. "The same flag used on my boy's casket at Arlington Cemetery. The same flag used on my cousin's casket at Arlington Cemetery," she continued.
HGTV pulled the online segment and issued an apology, calling the idea a "regrettable" decision in a statement to fans on Facebook.
"We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people," the network wrote.
The outcry came on the day before Flag Day; on June 14,1777, Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the nation's flag.
According to the U.S. Flag Code, the flag "should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.” While HGTV's setting was clearly a violation, Joe March of the American Legion told Fox News Radio that code infractions are not punishable by law.