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Old 08-15-2016, 06:56 PM
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Interested in what folks think about US athletes (mainly runners) wrapping a flag around themselves after winning a medal. Seems a bit disrespectful to me - waving one would seem more appropriate. Maybe I am just old school...
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I view it as being completely appropriate. Every other country's athlete does it, what makes our flag any more special? Our flag has been dropped, burned, buried, spit on, shit on, pissed on, torn...... I'm sure Old Glory is happy to be wrapped around our athletes in such competition against the world....this is the Olympics, a contest among the greatest athletes, a tradition and competition held way before there was even a United States.
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I see it as an act of honoring their country and national pride.
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It's the Olympics, the athlete's are representing their respective countries. National pride.
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Originally Posted by Sirhc View Post
I view it as being completely appropriate. .
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I see it as an act of honoring their country and national pride.
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It's the Olympics, the athlete's are representing their respective countries. National pride.
Absolutely appropriate and within the theme and spirit of the events.
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Could be worse...........

Like not covering your heart at the medals ceremony when your countries national anthem is played, and your team mates do
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Better than burning it. To be fair, this is one of very few times where the term "wrapping one's self in the flag" is not used as a pejorative.
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Why would you not want to embrace the United States of America ? What other country in the world gives people the opportunity that we do ? Where will the big endorsement dollars come from when they get home ? What other country will reward their athletes as well once they return ?
We take to many things for granted in this country. Just watch the news any night of the week, and you will see countries decimated by war, and the innocent citizens starving for food, and wondering where they will sleep tonight.
I would wrap that flag around me, and be so proud that I am able to do it !!!!!
You can always leave, if it seems better somewhere else. I would love to see the # of people who leave this country to live in another compared to the # that left another country to live in the USA !!!
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The Flag Code says:
"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel"
http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html

That said, it reminds me one of one of my favorite college professors saying (when asked how she wanted us to address her: Dr, Ms, Professor...) "I don't care what you call me, as long as it isn't disrespectful." She truly was ok if we chose to use her first name.

Whatever they are doing with the flag is part of their celebration and the celebration of their Nation/team. If no disrespect is intended, I'm ok with it. If the US Olympic Committee wants to tell them not to do, I'm ok with that too.
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Nope, no problem at all with it. If they threw it on the ground when they were done then that would be another story.
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Originally Posted by flyau98 View Post
The Flag Code says:
"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel"
http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html

That said, it reminds me one of one of my favorite college professors saying (when asked how she wanted us to address her: Dr, Ms, Professor...) "I don't care what you call me, as long as it isn't disrespectful." She truly was ok if we chose to use her first name.

Whatever they are doing with the flag is part of their celebration and the celebration of their Nation/team. If no disrespect is intended, I'm ok with it. If the US Olympic Committee wants to tell them not to do, I'm ok with that too.
I think it means altering the flag as a garment--my opinion/interpretation. In the case of athletes, I think it is a banner of pride.
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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post
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I figure you earn the right to complain once you win yourself a gold medal. Until then, let them celebrate how they see fit.
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Why would you not want to embrace the United States of America ? What other country in the world gives people the opportunity that we do ? Where will the big endorsement dollars come from when they get home ? What other country will reward their athletes as well once they return ?
We take to many things for granted in this country. Just watch the news any night of the week, and you will see countries decimated by war, and the innocent citizens starving for food, and wondering where they will sleep tonight.
I would wrap that flag around me, and be so proud that I am able to do it !!!!!
You can always leave, if it seems better somewhere else. I would love to see the # of people who leave this country to live in another compared to the # that left another country to live in the USA !!!
Proud to live here. Lucky to live here !!!
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