American flag apparel.
Not the t-shirts or sweatshirts that have an American flag screen printed on them, those are great displays of patriotism. What I have a problem with is the clothing that looks like it's been made out of an American flag. Does no one see the problem with this?
It is not the least bit patriotic to deface the symbol of our nation in order to make a fashion statement and then defend yourself by calling it patriotic. It's not, nor will it ever be.
The worst is the American flag bikini. It sends a message about this country that hurts our image.
Here's a link to the United States Flag Code.
The important parts are;
§8 - No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America
It's not disrespectful at all to chop up a flag and turn it into one of the sluttiest outfits in existence, now is it?? (This is sarcasm by the way.)
§8a - Never display with the Union (that's the stars) downward
That "totes adorb" starry bikini bottom is definitely included in this. Get my country's flag away from your hoo-ha.
§8d - Never used as wearing apparel
§8e - Never used in such a way that it may be easily soiled
Again keep it away from your hoo-ha, and out of the swimming pool.
§8i - Never used on anything designated for temporary use
The statute specifically states things like paper or napkins, but swimsuits definitely fall into this category. I don't know anyone that keeps the same suit for more than a couple of seasons, and I sure as heck don't know anyone that passes their swimsuits on to other people when they're done with them. That's gross.
§8j - No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.
You wouldn't use a person or an animal directly as clothing. Show the same courtesy to the flag.
I- and scores and scores of my brothers and sisters in arms- have sworn to die if necessary for your freedoms, and many have. Show us a little respect by not mutilating the symbol of everything that we stand for.