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Social Media Reacts To The Houston Astros Violating Several Flag Codes After Win Against Red Sox (TWEETS)
On Monday, the Houston Astros advanced to their first ever American League Championship Series (they switched from the NL to the AL in ’13) and their 1st LCS appearance since 2005, after they defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway to win the ALDS, 3-1.
It was a great time, but once pictures and video started to surface from their celebration, most couldn’t help but notice Josh Reddick running around in a speedo that had the American Flag on it.
LET’S GOOOO pic.twitter.com/VV86jpKO0r
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 9, 2017
Social media wanted to know where the outrage was, considering that NFL players are widely told they are disrespecting the flag by kneeling.
Let’s take a look at what the United States Flag Code says:
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free. (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general. (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
Now let’s take a look at the people who noticed all of the Astros’ flag violations and wanted answers:
Love the Astros and appreciative of all Reddick has done for the team. But how is this less offensive to the flag than kneeling?
— Jim Martinez (@JimMartinezSA) October 9, 2017
How could you congratulate a team who disrespects our flag??? I’m disgusted
— RudeBwoy2-2⚜️6-0BAMA (@aintulefteye) October 9, 2017
Lol talk about disrespecting the flag
— Daltemalls (@_ddot_) October 9, 2017
i’m disgusted. not supporting anyone disrespecting our country’s great flag.
— Chino (@theogpooh) October 9, 2017
This is offensive to the flag.
— Jason Scarelacci (@JasonSterlacci) October 9, 2017
I’d take a knee wayyyy before I do that to the American flag pic.twitter.com/vLezMxw7wE
— E (@MackHardRd) October 9, 2017
This is disrespectful to the flag fyi.
— . (@RhyanLomax) October 9, 2017
Don’t kneel for it but wear it around dick that’s cool
— Michelada Gawd (@RdotAye) October 9, 2017
So kneeling is disrespectful but using it as a package for your bat and balls is ok? Is that the point of this video?
— Margaret Laws (@mjlaws) October 9, 2017
Breaks U.S. flag code
— Don Calzone (@DonCalzoneVIP) October 9, 2017
Happy for the Astros-but seriously? Doused in alcohol while wearing flag bikini? How is this okay & kneeling agnst racism isn’t?#whiteness
— Mendi Tackett (@mentack) October 9, 2017
Astros desecrating the hell out of the flag rn https://t.co/Qs5ocuaPgf
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) October 9, 2017
Where is the outrage from the WH on this one? If cradling your junk in the flag doesn’t offend its virtue…
— Ashley Lynn (@_ashlynn_b) October 9, 2017
That’s actually worse than kneeling during the anthem Check the flag regulation never should be worn as clothing just saying!!
— Daniel Arthur (@billybobdupre) October 9, 2017
Hey Astros, using the flag in that manner is disrespectful, and is explicitly forbidden in the flag code. Please educate yourselves.
— Tomm (@SumTomGoingOn) October 9, 2017
That flag is touching a penis.
— Melissa Donnelle (@melGmow) October 9, 2017
— torgoluv (@torgoluv) October 9, 2017