A cable channel has apologized for suggesting that Americans use the American flag as a tablecloth for July 4 celebrations.
HGTV, which features shows dealing with home remodeling and interior design, had instructed on its website, “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.”
Many viewers took umbrage with the advice, and the American Legion was not happy with the suggestion. Joe March, an American Legion spokesman, said:
The flag of the United States is designed to be flown and respected as the symbol of our country. That very same flag is used to cover the caskets of our soldiers, sailors and Marines who have been killed in battle. You would not obviously want to take that and use that as a table cloth.
HGTV apologized via Facebook:
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.