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Viewers express outrage at HGTV’s unpatriotic faux pas

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flag2-550x412In preparation for the coming Fourth of July holiday celebration, the home & garden improvement channel HGTV has managed to upset a lot of patriotic Americans.

The HGTV website featured a segment showing a photograph of bowls of fruit and a jar of lemonade sitting atop an American flag, according to Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes.

The flag is called an “unconventional table” linen, and is also referred to as a “bright and festive table runner.”

The segment, “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” even goes as far as suggesting a nylon flag be used “so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”

HGTV viewers have been expressing outrage, as reported by Starnes, calling the idea offensive, un-American and an insult to the American military.

“Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory – especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote. “No one dies for a table cloth.”

The U.S. Flag Code only allows for the American flag to be draped over a coffin, and further states: “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.”

As Starnes notes, HGTV did not return numerous calls seeking comment – nor have they responded to the controversy on their website or Facebook page.

It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking this was a good idea, yet it was somehow approved. It is safe to say this is one idea that’s going to be hard to live down. For all the wrong reasons.

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Tom Tillison

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