The US Flag Code lays out just what you need to do in order to show respect for the flag. It tells you how to properly display the flag, how to care for it, and how to dispose of the flag should it get too worn. And while the US Flag Code is federal law, the federal government doesn’t cite any punishments for those that break it, and the Supreme Court has decided that the 1st Amendment’s free speech rights trump any such restrictions.
About a month ago, the internet was ablaze with a debate about whether or not the above image was disrespectful to the flag. On the one hand, it does break several parts of the US Flag Code, on the other, it is a celebration of motherhood by a woman who served in the US Armed Forces to defend everything the flag is supposed to stand for.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly people are standing on the flag.
This has angered lots of people. One such angry person was Mat Best of Article 15 Clothing.
Is that a woman wearing a bikini with the US Flag on it? According to the US Flag Code “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel“. That means wearing the flag as a bikini is disrespectful.
Not only that, but “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water”. How exactly does one swim in a bikini without letting the flag touch water? What if you want to lay out on the beach? Can’t let that flag touch the ground. Hell, you can’t even sit down without being disrespectful.
Plus, let’s not forget, many people bled for that flag, so ladies, you probably don’t want to bleed in one, because “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”
So, while you may thing it’s super patriotic…
Having the flag wedged between your ass cheeks isn’t the best way to show respect…
Unless you’re Will Ferrell