HGTV (Home and Garden Television) had a few suggestions for the 4th of July. What offended many was their suggestion of using the flag as a tablecloth.
They made the recommendation back in 2011 as you can see from the following Facebook post.
But Washington Times and Todd Starnes from Fox News reports of them making the same recommendation this year.
HGTV viewers were outraged after the Home and Garden network suggested using a U.S. flag as a tablecloth for Fourth of July celebrations.
“Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote, Fox News reported. “No one dies for a tablecloth.”
The HGTV website featured a segment titled,”Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” that showed photographs of summer fare sitting atop the flag, draped across a dining room table.
“Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner,” HGTV suggested, Fox reported. “Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off, and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”
On Wednesday HGTV removed a link to the page and issued an apology.
“This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened,” HGTV said in a statement to Fox News. “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.”