HGTV Says U.S. Flag Can Be Used as a Tablecloth & Sparks Outrage

american flag flyingIf your eyeballs were popping out of your face when you read that Lauren Conrad was destroying books to make a ridiculous craft, brace yourself, because here comes another doozy ... This time, HGTV thought they might get away with totally misusing the American flag for what they call a "Simply Chic Fourth of July Entertaining Idea." As part of a slideshow on its website, a large American flag was pictured underneath plates of fruit and a bowl of lemonade. Agh!

The caption read, "Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner. Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole." Wow ... Who in their right mind would do that? Who in their right mind would suggest people do that?


U.S. Code clearly states that the flag should never touch anything beneath it, like a table. Furthermore, "The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way." Even if you didn't know that word for word, most Americans realize Ole Glory commands a certain level of respect.

That said, the response to the H&G feature was fast and furious. People -- many of whom identified themselves as having served in the military, lost someone in the military, or have family and friends who are veterans or currently serving -- took to Facebook to rave out at HGTV and call them out on the disgraceful move. One poster said:

Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it. No one dies for a table cloth.

Well-put! And obviously a point HGTV couldn't ignore. They took the offending content down on Wednesday and posted an apology, to boot:

HGTV Fans, regarding the recent article that appeared on our website ... This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened. We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people.'

While admirable and sure to be appreciated, I'm not sure if that's going to be enough to make up for the moronic move ... I know I'd personally be more satisfied to get some reassurance that they'll be more cognizant of what's appropriate-- and maybe hire an editor with some common sense? -- going forward.

How do you feel about what happened here? Do you think HGTV did enough to make up for the misstep?

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