Actually I didn't. But I did see Katy Perry perform last night at the Brooklyn Shipyards for Fleet week. http://gonyc.about.com/od/holidays/p/fleetweek.htm
I don't know if anyone remembers but last year I did the 9/11 Rememberance walk with the USO. Well I decided that I really wanted to be more involed with this orgnaization, so I started volunteering on the weekends with them. Well the USO volunteers were invited to a secret performance that Katy Perry gave for the sailors. It was so great. It was really nice of her to do this for our men and women in uniform. Her concert was a lot of fun. The concert I believe will be on NBC for the 4th of July. Okay for some reason Photobucket will not let me post pics. Sorry. I keep getting this error message.
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Were you trying the button down below, Comet? Because I don't think that has worked for quite awhile now. I have to go directly to Photobucket and upload pics then copy the html link and paste it in a message to post photos.
I don't know much about our neighbors to the north, but I'd be willing to be that you, too, have some guidelines on how your flag it to be treated. Don't step on it, lower before sundown, give it a proper disposal when tattered.
It's along those lines, but means a lot more to vets. Wearing it across your enormous rack might be ok w/ them, though, Katy Perry.
I think when I was in girl guides I was taught not to let a flag touch the ground.
Although I don't remember rules about not turning a flag into a dress, i would get that it would be similar, which is why I asked if it's a big deal because what she's wearing is ACTUALLY a flag. Or would it still be a big deal if it were just fabric that looked like a flag.
It didn't seem to bother any of the sailors or Marines that were there. I was in the Navy and really I didn't even think about it. I think if she was showing disrespect to an actual flag it would have been an issue. Also I don't think the USO was privy to her wardrobe choice prior to her arrival at the event, so they couldn't advise not to wear to that dress.
As Veebs pointed out, the stars are wonky enough that it's not like wearing a real flag. Also, the sequins would suggest that it wasn't misappropriated off some flag pole.
Anyway, I thought the standard has been well-established:
Bikini models with an American flag motif wedged between their butt cheeks: acceptable
Smelly hippy with American flag patching the butt of their jeans: not acceptable
I think the freedom of speech ruling that permits flag burning has been extended to flag wearing Arwen.
That picture I posted above was Abbie Hoffman, for those who don't know. He wore that flag to appear before the HUAC (House Unamerican Activities Committee of the United States House of Representatives).
I compiled this from two stories about it:
In October 1968, he was arrested in Washington for wearing a shirt that resembled the design of an American flag. Authorities at the maximum security penitentiary did their worst to harass and humiliate him. They gave him a preventive de-lousing. They took a blood sample against his will, without affording him the sterile courtesy of a disposable syringe.
Two months later, Abbie was hospitalized in New York City for serum hepatitis. The recuperative process didnt prevent him from helping doctors to organize themselves against some of the oppressive tactics of the medical profession.
When the flag-shirt case came to court, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt asked, Is wearing a shirt dishonoring the flag? Does Uncle Sam, when he marches in the parade on July 4th, dishonor?
Prosecutor Benton Becker argued, Uncle Sam himself is a national symbol, just as the the flag is a national symbol, and one national symbol, recognized as such, cannot deface and defile and cast contempt upon another national symbol....the Government has a legitimate interest in maiantaining the sanctity of its symbols.
Hoffman testified, I was playing with a Yo-Yo, and I had on a shirt that resembled the American flag. I wore the shirt because I was going before the un-American Activities Committee of the House of Representatives, and I dont particularly consider that committee American, and I dont consider that House of Representatives particularly representative. And I wore the shirt to show that we were in the tradition of the founding fathers of this country.
And were you subsequently arrested?
Well, the police approached me, and proceeded to rip the shirt. There was a struggle. I was trying to get the Yo-Yo off my finger. They got the Yo-Yo, see, and it was pulling my finger. It hurt. My wife saw that I was struggling and tried to come to my aid a little, and then a whole fracas broke out, in which the police ripped the shirt off my back.
On his back, incidentally, was a painted Viet Cong flag.
When the judge declared him guilty, Abbie uttered the immortal words, I only regret that I have but one shirt to give for my country.
In 1776, American hero Nathan Hale, before being executed by the British, said, I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
Hoffman's conviction was overturned on appeal. And in 1989 and 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the statutes unconstitutional.
Today, wearing flag-like attire does violate the flag code, which proscribes the care and display of the Stars and Stripes but is rarely enforced. "It's kind of a little strange paradox in that people are venerating the flag for the most part and technically violating the U.S. flag code," Leepson says
...So - I think in the end, it's protected under the 1st Amendment to wear flags - because whenever anyone challenges the flag code... they win.