“No one dies for a table cloth.”
That would seem to be an easy concept to grasp, but somebody at HGTV.com suggested the flag of the United States would make for festive decor during July 4 gatherings.
“Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner,” HGTV said. “Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”
A photo depicts plates, flowers and a jug of lemonade atop the flag. A name card on a plate indicates someone name “Barb” may be the home decorator behind all this.
Public outrage over the article and photo on the cable television channel’s website arrived as quickly and devastatingly as a bomb-toting drone.
“I am appalled that you would suggest using the flag that my brother was killed defending in Iraq as something to catch spills on a table at a cookout,” wrote one displeased American on HGTV’s Facebook page.
Wednesday, HGTV offered an apology.
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.
That’s a good start.
Now if they’d just admit they make up the plots for their “reality” shows, I might respect them.