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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Related Link » Bound to taint prom: Gang violence, retaliation feared for five students who wore American flag apparel to school on Cinco de Mayo
“It’s prom weekend for juniors and seniors at Live Oak High School, and police are concerned about possible retaliatory gang violence against four students who were reprimanded by a principal for wearing American flag apparel to the Morgan Hill, California, high school on Cinco de Mayo [ Fifth of May ]. […] In the aftermath of the incident, while the school has backtracked from the principal’s actions since reported, several have attacked the students. ‘I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day’, fellow student Annica Nunez said. […] Film critic Roger Ebert also took to Twitter saying, ‘Kids who wear American flag T-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July’.”
— By Alex Pappas, 05/07/10 (The Daily Caller)
The stupidity of Roger Ebert's remark is breathtaking.

The Stars and Stripes "is one of our Nation's most widely recognized symbols. Within the United States it is frequently displayed, not only on public buildings, but on private residences. It is also used as a motif on decals for car windows, and clothing ornaments such as badges and lapel pins. Throughout the world it is used in public discourse to refer to the United States, not only as a nation, state, government, and set of policies, but also as an ideology and set of ideals." As our Nation's emblem, our flag can never be disrespectful on our own Nation's soil!

Wearing a hammer and sickle, the emblem of the former Soviet Union, even on the 4th of July, is not necessarily disrespectful to Americans if it is done outside the United States. In fact, apparently unbeknownst to Mr. Ebert, July 4 occurs all over the world. And if I happened to be eating lunch somewhere in Russia on July 4, and the guy sitting next to me was wearing a hammer and sickle on his shirt, I might wonder why the heck I am in Russia, but I would not feel insulted or "disrespected".

Moreover, if it wasn't for bad taste in movies, Mr. Ebert, you'd have no taste at all. You want a second opinion? You're a schmuck.

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